Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Eros (aka Cupid) Inspired Valentines {Craft Round Up}

After reading the myth of Eros (aka Cupid) and Psyche, we made cupid arrows. Below is a round up of various tutorials and/or printables for cupid inspired valentines.

One Charming Party
One Charming Party offers free printable valentines and arrow labels.

Design Sponge
Design Sponge has a tutorial for these vintage arrow valentines using dowels, feathers, paint and printable decorative patterns that can be glued on the dowels. We followed this tutorial for our arrows, and they turned out great! Instead of wooden hearts at the tips, we cut hearts out of craft foam.

Two Shades of Pink
Two shades of pink made these arrows by painting dowels, and decorating them with yarn and remnant fabrics.

Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat
Design Wash Rinse Repeat made arrow valentines with wood pencils. This tutorial includes printable pattern for the paper feathers, printable tags and decorative paper that can be glued around the pencil.

Muffin Grayson Delicious Design
Muffin Grayson offers free printables to make these sweet pencil arrow valentine cards (wouldn't these be great for school?)

Martha Stewart Craft Dept
The Martha Stewart Craft Department also has a tutorial for "love struck pencils" with feathers. 

I hope you get a chance to make some of these for your valentines!

Left: Arrow valentines found at Design, Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Right: Valentine Quiver with arrows found at Simple Simon & Co.

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