Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

Hanging Heart From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

While traveling, I am not able to make February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There just wasn’t enough room to pack everything. I purchased both the calendar as well as the custom paper pack, so it’s going to be fun to make this once I get back home.

Hanging Heart, February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

This is Helen’s photo of the hanging heart she made. The instructions for making this are included in her calendar, one project for each month of the year.

This is very similar to the hanging hearts I shared in December 2014 and February 2015.

These paper Valentine Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper. My instructions are my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments

If you are interested in getting your own calendar see: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making Lots Of Colorful Long Stemmed Hearts

On my last blog post, I gave directions for making long stemmed hearts. Somehow, many of you who subscribe to my blog never received that post. I don’t understand the technology of why that happened, but here’s the link to the DIY instructions: DIY Long Stemmed Hearts.

While these are not the customary colors for hearts, I really like them together as a bouquet.

While these are not the customary colors for hearts, I really like them together as a bouquet.

For that blog post, I made a dozen red long stemmed hearts. And seeing that I had a whole lot of colorful fade resistant papers sitting around my studio, I couldn’t resist making lots more long stemmed hearts is ever so many different colors.

These paper long stemmed hearts won't wilt and you don't have to remember to water them either.

One dozen Long Stemmed Hearts as shown in last week’s blog post.

As I stated last week, I use Pop Tone colors from French Paper Company, located in Niles, Michigan. I had to order directly from the company to get all the colors I wanted.

Purple and pink Long Stemmed Hearts.

Purple and pink Long Stemmed Hearts.

One of the things I love about these hearts is that I don’t have to remember to water them. I can leave for a week or two without worrying about them. No wilting. No watering. As a matter of fact, it’s not advisable to water them at all.

I love the bright colors of these Long Stemmed Hearts.

I love the bright colors of these Long Stemmed Hearts.

All week, I just kept making all different colors of folded paper hearts. I kept trying out how different color combinations looked together. It was so much fun!

Green and yellow Long Stemmed Hearts.

Green and yellow Long Stemmed Hearts.

The vases I used for most of today’s photos used to hold balsamic vinegar. They make great vases. I bought the balsamic vinegar at Trader Joe’s years ago. I don’t know if they still sell it in these glass bottles. I added the band of red cord to coordinate the vase with the wrapping of embroidery thread on the hearts.

Pastel Long Stemmed Hearts.

Pastel Long Stemmed Hearts.

I have also found lovely vases at yard sales and estate sales. Look around and you’re likely to find the perfect vase for your Long Stemmed Hearts.

Lots of colorful Long Stemmed Hearts.

Lots of colorful Long Stemmed Hearts.

For instructions, see my blog post: DIY Long Stemmed Hearts.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Long Stemmed Hearts

I made some long stemmed hearts a number of years ago for Valentine’s Day. Recently, I noticed that a number of the colors had faded from being in the sun. So, I decided to make them again using fade resistant papers. I also decided to simplify the process I and share my instructions here.

These paper long stemmed hearts look great in these three vases I purchased years ago from Ikea.

These paper long stemmed hearts look great in these three vases I purchased years ago from Ikea.

I got a variety of colored papers from French Paper Company which is located in Niles, Michigan. I used their line of Pop Tone colors. These papers are some of the most lightfast, fade resistant papers available. They come in a wonderful variety of colors, too.

Instructions for making my Long Stemmed Hearts.

This is how I make my Long Stemmed Hearts.

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper 8.5″ by 2.5″ with the paper grain going the 2.5″ direction. Fold the paper in half like in #1 above (note: the fold is on the right). If you don’t know about paper grain, check out my blog post that explains it at: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.
  2. Draw an arc in pencil like in #2 above. It should be just a bit higher on the fold line (that’s where the center of the heart will be).
  3. Cut the arc and start folding. Fold towards the center fold as in #3 above.
  4. Continue folding as in #4 above, folding each fold in half.
  5. Continue folding as in #5 above, folding each fold in half again.
  6. Continue folding as in #6 above, folding each fold in half again.
  7. Put the accordion folded heart into a bulldog clip as in #7 above (or secure it with rubber bands). Tie embroidery thread around the bottom of the heart using a square knot. Put a dab of glue on the knot.
  8. Wrap the long end of the thread around the knot about a dozen times with the short end of the thread still visible above the wrapping. Tie the ends together with a square knot. Glue around the thread, including the knot as in #8 above. You can see the wet glue in the photo, but it dries clear. I used PVA glue, but a white glue like Elmers would work well too. Cut the thread after the glue is dry. For those wanting a super clean looking wrap, put the thread on a needle and thread it under the now glued wrapped thread.
  9. Push a bamboo skewer through the center of the heart, between the center fold and the thread. Push the skewer all the way down to where the thread goes around the heart. Gently open the heart. It should look like # 9 above.
One dozen red paper long stem.med hearts. Make your own and look for unique ways to display them

One dozen red paper long stemmed hearts. Make your own and look for unique ways to display them

These are fun to make. And now that I have simplified how I make them, they go fairly quickly. Before I actually sewed the folds at the bottom of each heart. This way is much quicker.

These paper long stemmed hearts won't wilt and you don't have to remember to water them either.

These paper long stemmed hearts won’t wilt and you don’t have to remember to water them either.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine’s Day

Most of my studio time this past week was in preparation for Valentine’s Day. I made cards and place cards. I loved playing with embellished brush lettering.

Here's the Valentine's Day card and envelope I made for Marge.

Here’s the Valentine’s Day card and envelope I made for Marge. She always makes me such great cards, I wanted to give her one too.

 

After playing with brush lettering for the place cards (see Studio Snapshot -Valentine Place Cards). Below are the finished place cards.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

I used different colors for each of the 7 different names. I also made each of the borders just a little different.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

Although each of the names are a different color and have a different border, they look great together. That’s because the lettering on all the names are similar.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

You can see my practice for the place cards, Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

This is my favorite of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. There seems to be a whimsical nature to the letters here.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Square Envelope With Interlocking Heart Closure

After designing my square Valentine’s Day card, I decided to make a square envelope to go with it. I wanted an easy envelope, but one with a little extra pizzaz. So here’s my square envelope with interlocking heart closure.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure.

My valentine cards are 4 inches square. By trial and error, I found that a 6 inch square made the perfect size for my card to fit in.

First I located the center of my paper, then folded each of the corners up to the center.

First I located the center of my paper, then folded each of the corners up to the center.

I started with a 6″ square piece of paper. On the inside of the paper I drew pencil lines (from corner to corner) to find the center of the paper. I folded each of the corners of the square to the center of the paper (see photo above).

Next, I glued hearts to the outside corners of the square paper.

Next, I glued hearts to the outside corners of the square paper.

To make the interlocking hearts, I cut hearts out of gold card stock and slightly smaller hearts out of paste paper. Most any colored or decorated papers will work. I glued the gold hearts to the corners of the envelope. I glued so that the corner of the envelope just peeked out of the “v” of the heart.

Next, I glued the paste paper hearts on top of the gold hearts.

Next, I glued the paste paper hearts on top of the gold hearts.

Next I glued the slightly smaller paste paper hearts on the gold hearts. This was the first time I used Zig 2-Way Glue. It was like using liquid glue in a ball point pen. I liked the ability to be very accurate with the glue. For those of us who are usually messy with glue, this looks to be a great alternative.

My Valentine card now can slip into the envelope. The hearts interlock, sort of like the flaps of a cardboard box.

My Valentine card now can slip into the envelope. The hearts interlock, sort of like the flaps of a cardboard box.

These envelopes cannot be sent through the mail. The ones that I need to mail will have to be put into a larger envelope. That’s okay as I think these envelopes are too lovely to be spoiled by postal cancellations.

Close up of square envelope with heart closure.

Close up of square envelope with interlocking heart closure.

The envelopes can be made in different sizes, as long as they are squares. A 7.5″ square creates an envelope that’s perfect for a 5″ square card. Experiment with different sizes of envelopes and hearts. Have fun!

Close up of a square envelope with interlocking hearts on a paste paper background.

Close up of a square envelope with interlocking hearts on a paste paper background.

Scrapbook papers would make for great envelopes, hearts for the envelopes and cards too.

This photo shows the inside and outside of my valentine card as well as the square interlocking heart envelopes.

This photo shows the inside and outside of my valentine cards as well as the square interlocking heart envelopes.

Play with this envelope and see just how creative you can get.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards

As an incentive to practice my calligraphy, I took an online class last month from Martha Lever called CalligraFun. I have done brush lettering for years, and this class was a lot of playing with brush calligraphy and embellishments. So this past week I played around with different ideas for place cards for our brunch on Valentine’s Day.

These are two of the Valentine Place Cards I am making for the 7 of us who will be having Valentine's Day Brunch together.

These are two of the Valentine Place Cards I am making for the 7 of us who will be having Valentine’s Day Brunch together.

A group of seven to nine friends and family have Sunday Brunch together each Sunday. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so I decided it would be fun to make Valentine Place Cards for our table.

Some of my practice lettering.

Some of my practice lettering for Valentine Place Cards.

It has been so much fun trying out new ideas for lettering names. I used the brushes and pens I had on hand, but now am going to go out and buy a few more colors.

Playing with ideas for lettering names.

Playing with ideas for lettering names.

Different pens and different papers give different results. I have decided that I will use watercolor paper for my final place cards.

Playing with different brush pens and papers. Practice can be a lot of fun too!

Playing with different brush pens and papers. Practice can be a lot of fun too!

 

It’s been a special week full of birthdays and calligraphy. I loved it!!!

Happy lettering, Candy

DIY – Painting Paper For Heart Cube Box

I wanted to make some Heart Cube Boxes for Valentine gifts, but I didn’t like the colors of papers I had on hand. So, I painted some. Here’s how I painted them.

Heart Cube Boxes made from my painted papers.

Heart Cube Boxes made from my painted papers.

First I found the papers I wanted to use. I used two types of paper, neither of which I tried to fold before starting. Big mistake! One of the papers folded perfectly and the other cracked when I folded it. Second, I printed out the template on the back of the paper before I painted the paper. Believe me, it’s much easier that way.

Getting ready for painting my paper with acrylic paints mixed with acrylic matte medium.

Getting ready for painting my paper with acrylic paints mixed with acrylic matte medium.

I started with 4 different acrylic paints in reds, pink and purple. I mixed them half and half with acrylic matte medium. I used discarded plastic jar lids as my paint containers. I put dabs of all the different colors of paint on a rubber roller and started rolling colors around, making what looked like a monster mess.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

After the entire page was covered in paint, I mixed acrylic interference blue with acrylic matte medium (again about half and half) and spread it all over the painted paper. You can see in the photo above how it starts to change the colors on the lower photo. I’ve painted just a little bit of the painted paper with the interference blue.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes.

The process of painting the paper for one of my Heart Cube Boxes. The top photo is before adding the interference blue along with a bit of interference gold.

For my first paper I used acrylic interference blue. My second paper included both interference blue and interference gold. For my third and forth papers, I just used acrylic interference gold. Play around with different acrylic colors and interference colors and see how the colors change. It’s fun. Play!

Painting papers for two more Heart Cube Boxes.

Painting papers for two more Heart Cube Boxes.

There’s no one right or wrong way to do this. Just play and have fun. I’m including the template for making this box.

I painted the paper for these Heart Cube Boxes.

I painted the paper for these Heart Cube Boxes.

Template: Cube Heart Box Template

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Making Heart Garlands

I think what I like most about Valentine’s Day is hearts. I love hearts! And around Valentine’s Day, I get to play with them for weeks on end. Over the years I have made a number of different heart garlands. So here’s a bunch of them along with instructions or links to the instructions from past blog posts.

I used red, dark pink and purple papers along with some beads to make this paper folded heart garland.

My Folded Paper Heart Garland is made with red, dark pink and purple papers along with thread and some beads.

Below are some photos of a super easy heart garland. All that is necessary are strips of paper and a stapler. It’s a perfect activity to share with a young child.

A strip of paper and a stapler are all you need to make this heart garland.

A strip of paper and a stapler are all you need to make this heart garland.

For this garland I cut 3/4″ strips out of a couple of 8 1/2″ by 11″ red papers. You can use multiple colors to make you heart garland. You can use double sided scrapbook pages too.

You can see the staples on this photo.

You can see the staples on this photo. The staples are actually hot pink staples which were a gift from a friend. I love how they look on this garland.

And, should you want something a little more “professional” looking, just use glue instead of a stapler. Glue stick dries quicker than a liquid glue, but any glue will work.

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2" x 6"

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2″ x 6″. I used glue stick rather than staples on this garland.

Another heart garland can be made by sewing paper hearts, like I have with the heart garlands below.  While I prefer to sew by hand, you could use a sewing machine which would speed up the process.

"String of Hearts" hand sewn with metallic gold thread (about 6' long)

Rainbow Heart Garland, perfect for any time of year, not just Valentine’s Day!

I like to fold 2 hearts together and sew them with a coordinating thread. I use either embroidery thread or waxed linen thread. I add a few beads at the bottom and a loop at the top.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers that are now blooming.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers.

By changing the colors of the hearts, I have made heart garlands for more than just Valentine’s Day. I have used green hearts for St. Patrick’s Day, spring colored to celebrate spring and pastel pink and purple hearts for Easter. You could even make a red and green garland for the Christmas season. You can find instructions for this type of garland on my blog post: DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Paper Garland.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Heart garland in colors perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Did I mention that I love heart garlands? My folded heart garland is my favorite of all garlands. I made this one last year and I have had it hanging in my studio ever since. Instructions on my blog post: DIY Folded Paper Heart Garland.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Not exactly a heart garland, but you could make multiple and make them into one, is the hanging heart ornament. Instructions on my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments.

One of my paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments for the Ashland Art Center front window.

One of my paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments.

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Origami Mandalas for Valentine’s Day

This past week I got the urge to make my paper origami mandalas in reds and pinks. I pared them with a red shadow box frame, and they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

All the paper origami mandalas were made with left over paper scraps. I used eight 1″ by 4″ pieces of paper to make each mandala. Each of the eight pieces of paper were folded many, many times.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

The pink on this Paper Origami Mandala didn't look good in a red frame, so it's not framed.

The pink on this Paper Origami Mandala didn’t look good in a red frame, so it’s not framed.

Links to how to make these and other mandalas and rosettes are on last week’s blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Chocolate Hershey Kisses Mice

A few weeks ago I showed how to make chocolate mice from Hershey’s Kisses. Since then, I made over 100 mice. I shared on Valentine’s Day to an entire dining room of people. Needless to say, the mice were a big hit.

The mice are gathering together, getting ready for Valentine's Day.

The mice are gathering together, getting ready for Valentine’s Day.

Since posting the DIY instructions, I found purple Hershey’s Kisses and couldn’t help but add them to my mice. The purple kisses are a dark chocolate, the pink and silver and red are milk chocolate and the gold are milk chocolate with almond.

The mice seemed to gravitate towards all things chocolate.

The mice seemed to gravitate towards all things chocolate.

The chocolate strawberries were delicious.

The chocolate strawberries were delicious.

This mouse is checking out the chocolate mouse. I must say it way ever so good!

This mouse is checking out the chocolate mousse. I must say it way ever so good!

For instructions to make your own mice, see my blog post: DIY – Chocolate Mice From Hershey’s Kisses.

Enjoy, Candy

P.S. My friends, Elizabeth and Kay tried making these and added a little something more to their mice. They added a pin for the nose and wire for whiskers. I was going to try this too, but I had some other friends tell me it would make the chocolate inedible, which they didn’t like at all.

DIY – Valentine Envelope Gift Certificate Booklet

Gift certificates are great Valentine’s Day gifts. Who wouldn’t enjoy a foot massage or dinner at their favorite restaurant or even just hugs and kisses. To make these gift certificates super special, I’ve made a booklet out of red envelopes. The envelope booklet makes a wonderful presentation for the gift certificates.

Valentine Gift Certificate Booklet open looks a bit like an accordion book.

Valentine Gift Certificate Booklet open looks a bit like an accordion book.

Firs,t I found some red envelopes at my local Staples store. Any color envelope will do, but I decided on red. Once I knew the size of my envelope, I designed my gift certificates to fit in that size envelope. You can make your own gift certificates using your computer or stickers or just write your gift certificate by hand on a white piece of paper.

I made 8 Valentine gift certificates.

I made 8 Valentine gift certificates.

I found these red envelopes that seem perfect to hold the gift certificates.

I found these red envelopes that seem perfect to hold the gift certificates.

Glue the inside flap of one of the envelopes. I used glue stick because it doesn’t cause the paper to curl as much as a wetter glue would do. Place another envelope on the inside flap you just glued (see photo below).

Glue the inside flap of the envelope and place another envelope on top. Continue until you have used all your envelopes.

Glue the inside flap of the envelope and place another envelope on top. Continue until you have used all your envelopes.

Insert your gift certificates inside the envelopes. It now looks something like an accordion book.

Here the gift certificates have been placed in the envelopes.

Here the gift certificates have been placed in the envelopes.

All that’s left is to wrap it up into a pretty package. I used one white and one red ribbon and tied the booklet together.

The presentation of these gift certificates makes the gift feel super special.

The presentation of these gift certificates makes the gift feel super special.

Originally I was going to use 8 envelopes, but I liked the look and feel of 6 envelopes. You can use as many envelopes as you want.

Enjoy and have a Happy Valentine’s Day, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Happy Valentine’s Day Cards

My studio time this week has been minimal as I have been working on cleaning and organizing my garage (lots of art supplies stored in there), and locating all my tax records. I have had time to package and put together a few Happy Valentine’s Day cards.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

As usual, my cards are 5″ by 7″ and fit into a standard 5″ by 7″ mat or frame.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

These cards are prints of an original gouache and ink piece I did on Arches cover, a printmaking paper.

Happy Valentine's Day card

Happy Valentine’s Day card

Enjoy, Candy

Long-Stemmed Heart Bouquets

Today I put my vase of Long-Stemmed Hearts on my dining table. I love these hearts. I know I’ve posted these photos before, but I just couldn’t help but share them again. They are perfect for Valentine’s Day and they are one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Long stemmed hearts in a variety of colors are perfect for Valentine's Day.

Long stemmed hearts in a variety of colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Lately I have been playing around with paper hearts. My favorite I have dubbed the Long-Stemmed Hearts. I started out making the traditional red heart. Then I decided to make pinks and purples. Why stop there? I got a little carried away and have made the hearts in all sorts of colors. Then it was time to play with different color combinations for the bouquets.

Purple, blue and teal long stemmed hearts.

Purple, blue and teal Long Stemmed Hearts.

Warm colored long stemmed hearts.

Warm colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.

Purples and blues go together well. You don't always need to have red hearts.

Purples and blues go together well. You don’t always need to have red hearts.

Here I went with cool colored Long- Stemmed Hearts.

Here I went with cool colored Long- Stemmed Hearts.

Unlike roses, my Long-Stemmed Hearts won’t wilt after a week and never need watering. In fact, it’s highly advised that you don’t water them.

I hope this inspires you.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Lotus Flowers For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away, so I’ve been busy in my studio this past week making paper lotus flowers in reds and pinks and purples. These paper lotus flowers make wonderful gifts. They don’t wilt and never need watering.

Paper Lotus Flowers for Valentine's Day.

Paper Lotus Flowers for Valentine’s Day.

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Lotus flowers are not easy to make. I still sometimes have trouble with them if I’m not in a very calm state of mind when I fold them. I don’t recommend you try making them unless you are quite skilled in origami or paper folding techniques. However, since so many people have asked for instructions, I have included them in my blog post: Steps To Making A Paper Lotus Flower.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Chocolate Mice From Hershey’s Kisses

In anticipation of Ashland’s annual Chocolate Festival, I’m sharing how to make these really cute mice made from chocolate kisses (and a little bit of paper, the ears). The Chocolate Festival isn’t until March, but I like to be prepared, especially for chocolate.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper. Perfect favors for Valentine’s Day.

The following quote about chocolate is dedicated to my friend, Sophia.

Chocolate comes from cocoa
which comes out of a tree.
That makes it a plant,
Therefore, chocolate counts as salad.
The end.

Now for the instructions for making your salad.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Steps to making your mice (the numbers below refer to the numbers in the above photo):

1. Get 2 Hershey’s Kisses. I got a package or red, pink and silver kisses and another package of gold kisses.

2. Remove the printed paper message from the kisses.

3. Glue googly eyes on one of the kisses. I suggest using a liquid glue for this step.

4. Cut a 4″ length of bakers twine, put a knot in one end and insert the unknotted end into one of the kisses where you removed the message paper.

5. To make the ears, cut out 2 ovals out of brown paper and two smaller ovals out of pink paper.

6. Glue the pink ovals on the brown ovals. I suggest using stick glue for this step.

7. Glue the paper ears on the kiss with the googly eyes. I suggest a liquid glue for this step.

8. After the glue on the paper ears has dried, glue the two kisses together. I suggest a liquid glue for this step. Hold the two kisses together for a little bit to make sure the glue adheres well. Your mouse is now finished.

Two chocolate kisses mice.

Two mice made from chocolate kisses.

I realize that the ears are the only part of these mice that are made from paper. But, they’re so cute, I couldn’t help but share them with you.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey's kisses.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey’s kisses.

I will be demonstrating how to make these little mice during the First Friday Art Walk on March 6, which is also the first day of Ashland’s annual Chocolate Festival.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine's Day colors too.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine’s Day colors too.

I am making a whole bunch of little mice to share with friends on Valentine’s Day. They will be placed as table decorations on numerous tables where I will be having Valentine’s Dinner.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine's Day.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Happy chocolate, Candy