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Woven Heart Valentine

Another leader made this cute felt heart as a Valentine’s gift for her Young Women. I took it apart and put it back together to learn how to make it!

This cute heart makes a great Valentine’s Day project or gift. You can make this heart out of paper, craft foam, or felt (like the one shown).

Click the links above to download the pattern. 2 per page.

You could print the pattern on the back side of scrapbook paper to make cutting easier.

Here are what your pieces will look like after you’ve cut them out according to the pattern.

Now you’ll fold each piece in half.

Hold one strip folded shut in one hand, and the other strip open with your fingers. Thread the folded strip through the center of the open strip. Work both edges up as high as you can against the beginning of the cut strip.

To begin the weave, now switch, opening the piece you just threaded so the other piece can be placed through it while folded closed.

Continue weaving until you finish the first row. Here’s what you’ll see outside…

… and now take a peek inside your heart to make sure that you didn’t make a mistake. Your heart should open completely like the one above.

Begin your second row, and follow the steps above beginning with the opposite side as the first row’s starting weave.

I like to double check inside to make sure I haven’t made a mistake. This is what your heart will look like with just one row (two strips) left to weave.

Congratulations–you’ve just created a simple, yet elegant Valentine! Beautiful!

Place a poem, treat or the story “Love’s Best When You Give It Away” by Valerie H. Briggs inside your valentine below:


A Valentine’s Story
by Valerie H. Briggs

When we think of Valentine’s Day we think of hearts and lace, flowers and candy, and of sharing tokens of friendship with those we care about But most important of all, this special day is for sharing our feelings of love with those around us. On just such a day I received a very special Valentine that has come to mean even more to me as each year brings yet another Valentine’s Day.

Mary was an eleven-year old girl whose parents had passed away in an automobile accident. She lived with her aunt, a bitter middle-aged woman whose health was not good and who was greatly annoyed with the burden of caring for the child. The aunt never failed to remind Mary that if it weren’t for her generosity, she would be an orphaned waif. But even though her aunt was cold and distant and scolded her frequently, Mary was still a gentle and sweet child. In fact, from the moment I met her I was impressed by her bright smile and gentle brown eyes and how thoughtful and kind she seemed to be.

Often after our Primary class was over she would stay after, preferring to help me as I gathered my teaching materials and straightened the chairs. She would clean the blackboard and neatly arrange the room for the next class, often risking making her aunt angry as she would then arrive home a bit late. We became a bit more acquainted as we would visit during these quiet moments, but Mary was a quiet child and sad very little. She did speak lovingly of her mother, even though she was still a young child when her mother died. Mary remembered a loving, tender, and kind woman who spent much time with her.

After our class time the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, I gave each class member a heart-shaped cookie Valentine. Some of the children had brought Valentines1 cards to share with me. After everyone had left the room, Mary came up and handed me a soft tissue-wrapped package and wished me a happy Valentine’s Day. “Please open it now,” she said. “I made it special just for you.” I gently unwrapped the tissue paper and saw a simple woven paper heart “Ifs very nice, Mary. You did a very fine job making it Thank you.” Mary smiled and said, “Ifs more than a Valentine’s card. You can open it.” “Oh, yes, I can see that it’s like a basket” I replied, gently opening the heart “But,” Mary continued, ‘you can’t see what’s in it And you can’t touch it or taste it or feel it, but Mother always said it makes you feel good all the time, especially at night when you’re all alone and need to feel safe.” Once again I opened the woven heart basket and peeked inside. “What is it, Mary? Whafs inside this basket that will make me feel so good?” Ifs love,” she whispered softly, “and my Mother said, it’s always best when you give it away. She showed me how to make the heart basket when I was very little and I still have it. When I feel alone or sad I get out my heart basket and open it up. Then I remember how much my mother loved me and I feel all warm inside. It makes me happy.”

I could feel a lump growing I my throat and I put my arm around Mary and gave her a hug. “Oh, Mary. I can feel the love in this basket making me feel all warm inside, too. I will keep this special Valentine’s basket nearby me so I can always feel its special love.”

People often wonder, I’m sure, about the small heart-shaped woven card that I keep on the shelf in my living room. But when they ask, I take it down and tell them this story and then open the heart basket so they, too, can feel the love it holds inside. And Mary’s words always come back to me: “LOVE’S BEST WHEN YOU GIVE IT AWAY.”

Gift of Myself

This is a sharing time idea based loosely on the December 1990 Friend Article Give Yourself Away”.


Print or photocopy the box pattern onto cardstock.

Before your sharing time activity, take pictures with a digital camera of the children in your class. (You may want to begin taking pictures several weeks ahead to ensure that children who may miss a few days during the holidays can receive an ornament.

Print out two pictures of each child, touching each other, either side by side or with one upside down. Leave a little space on the end of each picture to act as a base. (You’re going to fold these pictures in the shape of a tent or wedge.) The photos must be no larger than 2 inches tall by 2 inches wide (50 cm x 50 cm). See diagram below:

During Sharing Time

Cut out the pieces, including the windows of the gift box.

Using a hole punch or pencil, make holes on the ‘x’s located on the bow piece (circular) and the gift tag.

Fold the paper into a box shape, leaving one side open to insert the pictures. Fasten the flaps down with transparent tape or glue.

Insert the pictures of the child into the box so that the picture can be seen throught the windows, attaching it with tape or glue.

Seal the last flap of the box with glue or transparent tape.

Fold the bow along the straight lines to make a wedge. Tape or glue it to the box.

Using a piece of yarn, string, or ribbon, tie the gift tag to the bow.

Finished box


One project per page, black and white. A full color version of this file is available by clicking the ornament link below.


The poem on the tag:
What gift can I give you for Christmas this year?
What gift can I give to bring love and good cheer?
What gift can I give you to tell you I care,
A gift you’ll remember, a gift we can share?
The gift that I’ll give can’t be bought in a store,
It doesn’t cost money–it’s worth much, much more!
The gift that I’ll give doesn’t come from a shelf.
The gift that I’ll give is a gift of myself!
~Laura Rolfing

LDS Handout

Pioneer Wagon Craft

I made this fun craft printable from an idea one of my children brought home from school. Basically, it is a covered wagon (viewed from the rear) with a hole in the middle that shows scenes the pioneers may have seen while traveling from Winter Quarters to Salt Lake. You turn the wheel, and you’ll follow the journey across rivers, through the plains, in the heat and rain, over the mountains to Salt Lake. Cute!

Designed so that only one page is needed per craft. Can be printed on cardstock for durability.

(It requires a brad or brass fastener in order to work.)

LDS Handout

Super Fast and Easy Family Home Evening Lesson Book Craft

A million years ago in Riverton, Utah, Kelly P. taught a class on how to make and assemble the Super Fast and Easy Family Home Evening Lesson Book Craft during an Enrichment Meeting I attended. She based her craft on a book she had used for years with her boys. It contains 30 ready-made FHE lessons with objects–perfect for those busy days when planning a family night lesson seems like too much.

Here’s the concept: the children in your family sort through a bag of small, numbered objects and choose one that appeals to them. The number on each item corresponds with a story in a folder with a scripture story and scripture references. All you have to do is read the story/stories! Easy!

I (Jenny Smith) have *heavily* modified the text of the original document to include text from the Gospel Art Picture Kit wherever possible, and I have also added simple quotes from scriptures, because I believe even the smallest children should hear scripture language. I also added a few questions that could stimulate discussion after each lesson.

How to make the Super Fast and Easy Family Home Evening Lesson Book Craft

Note: These books are MUCH easier and far less expensive to assemble if you get a group together. Seems to me our books cost around $12, but that was a long time ago.


1 3-prong folder or binder
1 gallon size ziploc bag (to hold the items)
30 small ziploc bags
30 stick-on labels numbered 1-30
1 each of the items listed below in Step One


Choose from the list of items below ones you can readily find at craft stores and the like. If you can’t find something, consider laminating a picture or photograph of the item.

    1. Novelty Compass (we used toy compasses from an army birthday set)
    2. Birthday Candle
    3. Pencil
    4. Dove-shaped wedding favor
    5. Sacrament cup
    6. Baby in basket (hardest to find; she used a baby from Mardi Gras bakery kits and a small doll’s hat as a basket)
    7. Plastic Animal
    8. Clipart image of Joseph and coat of many colors
    9. Washcloth
    10. Gold Plastic Coin
    11. Clipart image of Whale
    12. Small Plastic Lion
    13. Paper Money
    14. Clear glass stone
    15. Pumpkin seeds
    16. Sword-shaped plastic pick
    17. Clipart image of baptism
    18. Clipart image of missionary tag
    19. Plastic fish
    20. A few pieces of plastic doll hair
    21. Ruler
    22. Clipart image of Tree
    23. Plastic Gold ring
    24. Brown felt or fake leather
    25. Rock
    26. Small bunch of plastic grapes
    27. Sun-shaped wood cut out
    28. Apple-shaped wood cut out
    29. Iron Rod (she cut a set of small wind chimes apart; you could paint a small dowel rod silver or black)
    30. Clipart image of pail


If you were able to find everything, all you need to do is to print out stick-on labels for each of the 30 items. We placed each item in a Ziploc bag to make labeling easier. Then print out the attached booklet, and you’re done!

If you couldn’t find something, download the booklet in TXT, ODT, or DOC format and delete out the numbered lessons you couldn’t find. Then re-number your lessons and make labels. Print your modified version and enjoy.

LDS Handout

Visiting Teaching Reminder Magnets

Anna R. shared this cute document saying:

“Please use this, if you’d like. It’s a visiting teaching reminder, 2 sided-magnet fridge magnet. It is designed to stay on your fridge all month, (sort of like a ‘These dishes are dirty/clean’ magnet for the dishwasher.) One side says ‘Do it…’, and the other side says ‘Done!’ The left column on the page is the ‘Do it…’ side of the magnet, and the right column of the page is the “Done!” side. Just print out the page, cut, and then laminate the two different sides back-to-back (with 2 back-to-back magnets in between.) IMPORTANT: The magnets must be back-to-back, so that you can flip the magnet over and it with ‘cling’ on both sides.

“This is more inspirational than just a generic, one sided magnet, since it changes once you’ve done the task.”

Anna got her clipart from MS publisher. Making these would be a fun Enrichment activity at a Super Saturday.


1 per page, 8.5 x 11 inches, color.

Mother’s Day Washcloth Craft

Here’s a Mother’s Day gift idea from one unit. It has the poem:

I know you get discouraged
Because I am still very small,
And I always leave my
Handprints on furniture and walls.

So here’s a little handprint
You won’t need to wash away,
And it’s just the size my hands are
On this Mother’s Day.

They used puffy paint for both the handprints and the lettering with the child’s name.

Click on the “Mother’s Day” link for more LDS Primary Mother’s Day Craft ideas.

Remember Magnets

These magnets were given out as part of a stake Relief Society Women’s Conference. They are simple and inexpensive.

They have the word “Remember” printed on polka-dotted scrapbooking paper that was glued to a glass bead using clear drying glue. Then a strong magnet was hot glued to the back of the paper to complete the magnets.

Click on the links below for lots more Women’s Conference ideas.