Welcome and thank you for stopping by to see how my children were inspired by the Pick You Again, Friend Ornament by Nina Aubé for the February 2015 Featured Artist for the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club. We are learning about Nina Aubé as an ornament artist as part of the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series for the February 2015 monthly Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist.
As any family does, our family loves each other and Valentine’s Day is another fun holiday to express our love for each other and those around us. After learning this month’s ornament artist has a fun friendship ornament it was very easy to see what we were going to try to make for the hands-on craft by making our own version of this exciting Hallmark Keepsake Ornament. There are many ways to make your own version of this ornament, but here are the materials and methods that my daughter Elizabeth, son Beck, and I used as we made our own Nina Aubé Pick You Again, Friend ornament inspired Valentine’s Day craft.
To make your own Pick You Again, Friend themed ornament for this month’s Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist you will need the following materials:
- February 2015 Nina Aubé Hands-On Art Project Pack
- Cardstock Paper
- Tempera Paint (red and black)
- Fiskars Scissors
- Puffy Paint (white and pink)
- Felt (green and brown)
- Q-Tips (or swabs)
- Craft glue
- Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
- Brown Thread and Needle
Start by placing your child or student’s hands on the cardstock paper, one at a time, and tracing them with a pencil. Make sure they keep all their fingers together. Then, cut out the outlines with scissors.
Next, paint the handprints with red tempera paint. Allow them dry. Once they are dry, use a Q-Tip and apply dots of black tempera paint to make the seeds of the strawberries you are mimicking. Then, allow the seeds to dry.
Once the two handprints are dry they should look similar to these.
Next, place your strawberry palm prints together in a v with the palms as the bottom. Next, use your Fiskars Scissors to cut out a shape (similar to above) out of green felt to use as the stems. Once yours is cut out, use the dashed line as a guide and fold it over the top of your two hands, near the palms, to make the stems. Apply hot glue to the ‘insides’ between the stems and the strawberries to keep them attached. Allow the hot glue to dry.
The last step is to create the basket. Use your scissors to cut out a basket shape from brown felt. Make sure that the basket is a pattern that can be folded in half. Once folded, stitch up the sides with the brown thread. Then, you can write any message you want with white and pink puffy paint. Elizabeth and Beck choose to write “Friend, I’d Pick You Again!” to express not only their love as brother and sister; but also, as they are best of friends too! Now your hands-on art project based on the artistic style and creations of Nina Aubé is now complete!
Would you like to create your own tag for your February 2015 Hallmark Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist hands-on project for Nina Aubé inspired by Pick You Again, Friend? Then start by downloading and using the instructions and this tag you can download for FREE by simply clicking the link below. Once you complete it, you can simply slide it in the basket behind your craft or attached it you wish.
Don’t forget to check out all the other Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series fun either!
How did your version of this ornament come out? Why not drop by and share yours with everyone today!