Thursday, January 24, 2013

Valentine Nail Polish HeART

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"Mommy, I'm going to paint your nails".

Most days of the week these are not the words I want to hear coming out of my 3.5 year-old's mouth.  While I love that she wants to do this for me, I don't really care for the outcome...if you know what I mean!

So I came up with a way for my little darling to practice her painting skills.

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Polish, paper, and supervised craft time! 

This is also a great use of some of your thick or clumpy polishes on their way to the trash bin.

Proper ventilation or fruity scented child polishes are best (and safest) for this project.

Protect the work surface, open the bottles, and get to painting.

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You will need to try and cover a large section in the center of the paper.

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Once the painting is dry you are ready to create the heart overlay.

I used my Cricut machine to cut a heart near the center of a 6"x12" piece of cardstock weight textured scrapbook paper.  The front of my paper had a purple pattern but I flipped it over to have a clean white linen textured surface.

After the heart is cut center the heart on a cutting mat and trace vertical cut lines at the width of your frame.  My frame held a 4"x6" photo so I centered it on 3" and drew my vertical cut lines at 0 and 6".

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Repeat the same process to center the heart from top to bottom.

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Next, lay your heart overlay over the polish painting and move it around until you have the part you want framed by the heart. 

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Trace around the overlay and cut out the painting.  Layer all of the pieces and place them in the frame.

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Now you just need to find the perfect spot to display your lovely creation!

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  1. it looks super cool, but you are going to laugh at me because i read it as "Polish" as in, from Poland.

  2. too funny I read it as polish (like poland too) :) ha

  3. ;) I edited the title so we at least start off with the right pronunciation in mind!

  4. So pretty! You've got a budding artist!

  5. Seriously?! I adore how sweet and simple your heart is! I just adore all of your projects!!
    Thank you for always inspiring me!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  6. I have a 4 year old and she loves to get into my little basket of polishes... this would be a fun little craft for us to do together, thanks for sharing! Found your link on Liz Marie :)

  7. So delicate and pretty, I love this understated beauty! Your taste is impeccable!

  8. How beautiful is that? And even more perfect when it's made by the hands of a child. Simply stunning.

  9. Very creative! I need to do that with all my old polish!
    I just started a new link party and would love if you would come on over and share your post or social media sites.


  10. Adorable!!! Looks perfect on your pretty shelf with all of those pretty goodies :)

  11. Um, this is just genius and I am obsessed with this idea. I have some old polish that is getting a little clumpy and isn't good for painting nails - I want to do this asap. It looks fantastic!

  12. LOVE this idea!!! We will be doing this this week...thanks!

  13. LOVE this idea!!! We will be doing this this week...thanks!

  14. Very cool idea. I would love it if you would link up to my party.

  15. This is so perfect! I love this idea. What a sweet way to create art for your home :) Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  16. What a beautiful and creative little project by your daughter. So sweet.

    Your shelves are beautiful, by the way.

  17. Ummm... this is SO cute. My daughter would absolutely love this so we might have to give it a try... the mess is the only thing that makes me a little nervous. Might give it a try anyways since I've got some polishes that have seen better days.

    Off the Hook!

  18. Hi Emmeline, I found your blog over at the bloggers group on FB and I'm not following your lovely blog! This is such a neat idea and I'm going to have to find some time to do it! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to your future posts :)


  19. What a great idea! My daughter would love this!
    ...found your blog on the bloggers group on FB!

  20. So pretty! I love it ;) Have a great week!

  21. So simple and the finished product looks so good! Featuring this on Monday Funday tomorrow!
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Wonderful idea!!! And so easy to make!!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #20 :)
    Have a great week!!

  23. So pretty. The comments above remind me of when my little brother once picked up a bottle of polish remover & said "what's polish remover" pronounced it like Poland. xo caroline @ c.w.frosting

  24. What a nice idea! Great to get the little ones in on it too. :)


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