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23 Jan 2013

They Pull My Heart Strings

One of the great things about having kids is that you have an excuse to do some cheesy crafts you normally wouldn't do.  I want Little Pilot and Co-pilot to remember that I was the mom that tried to make holidays fun for them.  So for Valentine's day we made an airplane-themed Valentine's garland.
The idea came from the saying "You pull my Heart Strings".  The two airplanes are my two boys and they are pulling a string of hearts on a doily garland.  There's a little heart and a bigger heart on each doily to represent baby and big brother.  I know that's a little sappy, but I think the airplanes help make this Valentine's craft a little more boy-oriented :).

Below you can see our simple fireplace.  It has the garland we made and one of the peppermint candy wreaths that I made for Christmas resting casually on the mantle.  Of course, we continued with our twinkle light baby proof fireplace as well :).  

This was a great toddler craft in that Little Pilot was able to do most of it himself.  I cut out the airplane shapes and baby hearts out of sparkly card stock.  The bigger hearts were cut out of leftover Marimekko wrapping paper.  Hey, maybe this garland isn't that cheesy after all!  It even has some Finnish mod design going on! :)  Little Pilot was right into all of it:  folding the doilies, gluing them closed around a ribbon and gluing on the hearts.  Pappa was there to coach Little Pilot on how to push the hearts down onto the doilies (pounding them with your fist like a real man?!).  Little Pilot still goes up to the now hung garland and pushes the hearts saying, "pus" (he has started to use more English words now, but pronounces them with a Finnish accent) :).

Co-Pilot was content to watch from Mummu's lap.  This is a picture I took of him after we put the garland up.  Little Pilot says that the airplane on the right is Co-pilot's.  Isn't he nice to let his little brother be in front?

Below are some more pictures of the details.  You may have noticed by now that I tend to overload y'all with pictures!

I hope you liked our Valentine's craft.  

sharing with:  36th ave, the inspiration gallery, chic on a shoestring, shabby nestwhipperberry, tatertots&jello, iheartnaptime, Sunday Showcase, homestoriesatoz, lil'luna


  1. Very nice--love the pictures of Little Pilot working on it--so cute! And I LOVE the baby's hedgehog outfit--where did you get it?!

    1. Don't you love it when little ones get right into doing things themselves. :) The hedgehog outfit was a gift from my sister. She bought it from a local organic grocery etc. store. It is made by a Canadian company called Parade. The website says it's sold out, but you might be able to find a store that has it. Here's the link to their website: http://parade.ca/collections/woodland-friends-collection. I hope that helps!

  2. Love the white and red you have going on! The airplanes on the ends are so adorable!

  3. love the planes! such cute kiddos, too!

  4. I found you from the Flaunt It Friday link up. What a cute and fun project to do with the kids and perfect for Valentine’s. I just started a new Saturday Spotlight Linky Party on my blog this week, and would love to have you stop by and share! http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-1/

  5. Oh how cute. I love the theme. So fun to have the kiddos help :)

  6. wow! I love your blog and pictures- glad I found you!

    1. Thank you! So glad that you're here. :)

  7. So cute! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  8. So sweet!!!!
    Homa Style is having a Valentine link party going on now. I would love it if you linked up your Valentine banner and your pilots.
    The link is


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