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Got a branch or two left over from your Christmas tree? Here's a fun way to reuse them and spread the love this Valentine's Day. Follow these instructions to make a mini tree adorned with heart-shaped love notes. It's the perfect antidote to cabin fever.

Materials

  • Apple
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Large sheet of white, red or pink card
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Jar or vase
  • Handful of coins or pebbles
  • Tree branch
  • Instructions

  • Slice the apple in half, parallel to its core. Then lay the apple halves on a cutting board, white sides up, and trim off the bottom two corners of each. You should end up with two heart-shaped stamps.
  • Spread some paint on a plate. Press the white side of the apples into it, or use the paintbrush to coat them evenly in paint.
  • Stamp the apple hearts all over the sheet of paper.
  • When the prints are dry, make them into individual ornaments by cutting them out.
  • Attach a loop of thread to the top of each print; you can either use the needle or just tape the thread to the back of the print.
  • Now, the fun part: Write what you love about someone on the back of each print.
  • Put the tree branch in the jar or vase; you can toss in a couple of inches of coins or pebbles — or conversation heart candies — to keep the branch from falling over.
  • Hang your heart ornaments on the branch.
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