I'm not a big fan of Valentine's day, but I am partial to a good hearty craft, and unlike most Valentine's stuff, it won't cost you! These little lovebirds certainly won't - they're made from corks (saved up over Christmas.. I have many.. ) They are quick and easy to do and can be turned into a useful gift, like a keyring or a fridge magnet. Love a useful craft. You could also write a little Valentine's message on the heart if you want to.
Black felt tip or gel pen
Mini eye pin (optional)
Small magnet (optional)
Strong all-purpose glue (optional)
1. Paint the cork any colour you want.
2. Fold a small piece of coloured paper in half and draw half a heart on the fold. You want it to be roughly half to two thirds the length of the cork - and make it narrow too. (We made the heart a bit bigger for the penguin)
4. Rub glue stick on the back of the heart (or a thin layer of craft glue) and glue it to the cork with the point almost touching the bottom edge. Cut a strip of different coloured paper for the wings - make the width about two thirds the length of the cork. If you're making a penguin, leave out the wing strip.
5. Line the strip up with one side of the heart and the base of your bird and wrap the rest around the cork - cut away any extra paper where it touches the other side of the heart.
6. Rub glue stick on the top half of the strip only and glue in place, so the bottom of the wings stick out slightly.
7. For the eyes, use a hole punch to punch out some circles - rub a little glue stick where you want the eyes to go on the cork, wet your finger to help pick up the little circles and stick them in place.
8. Use a black pen to add the pupils.
9. For the beak, cut out a small triangle from yellow or orange paper (or colour in some plain paper), rub glue stick just below the eyes, wet your finger to help pick up the triangle, and glue in place.
10. Paint on claws on the bottom edge with yellow paint and leave to dry.
11. To add a feathery head plume, make a hole on top by screwing in a small screw, nearer to the front. Take the screw out.
12. Choose a feather, dab a little glue on the pointy tip and push it into the hole.
13. To make it into a keyring, screw a mini eye pin (seen in step 11) into the top of your cork and attach a keyring. Or, for a fridge magnet, glue a small magnet to the back of your bird. Use strong all-purpose glue like UHU.
I got these little magnets on Ebay - they're a great size, weren't expensive and are seriously strong. Nothing worse than a fridge magnet that doesn't hold stuff!
To make them more durable you could give your lovebirds a coat of clear varnish. If you don't have any, try clear nail varnish instead.