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Guest Post: Lil Blue Boo’s Random Acts of Kindness

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Did you take part in our #MadeWithKindness handcrafted heart swap?  One of our favorite bloggers, Ashley Hackshaw from Lil Blue Boo did and below is her story – enjoy!

Last year for Random Acts of Kindness Week my daughter and I filled tiny hand sewn paper mâché boxes with treasures and a note asking the recipient to pay if forward. My daughter took some of the boxes around town and handed a few out to strangers she met along the way. This year we wanted to do something similar so we made small canvases with inspirational quotes on them. They are easy to make and we hand stamped each one with a tiny hand carved heart stamp.

Basic Materials Needed:

Artist’s Loft™ 9-pack Mini Canvases

Liquitex® Spray Paint in a variety of colors

Extra-Fine Sharpie® Paint Pens

RAOK Materials

Instructions:

Spray paint the canvases in a variety of colors. Two coats is plenty to create a nice basic finish.

Spray paint your canvases

Use an Extra-Fine Sharpie® to create “guide” lines for letters. The guide lines just become part of the art.

Draw your guidelines Draw your guidelines

Carefully write out inspirational quotes or sayings onto the lines.

Write an inspiring quote!

To add a heart to the canvas, use an Xacto knife to carve the end of a regular pencil eraser into a heart shape to make a small heart stamp:

Make a heart stamp!

Press the stamp onto some red craft paint or a red stamp pad and then onto the canvas:

Stamp with eraser & paint

The tiny heart print:

Random Acts of Kindness

For my own project, I made 18 canvases total, each containing a unique quote or saying:

Mini canvases ready to go

I printed out RAOK tags from Michaels (click here to download) and tied a tag to each canvas using twine.

RAOK with tag

Ready to leave some random kindness around town:

RAOK A big thank you Michaels for letting me share my “heart” felt Random Act of Kindness project again this year!

Check out the digital short of my daughter making and sharing her project last year. All materials can be found at Michaels Craft Stores:

- Ashley Hackshaw

www.lilblueboo.com

 

RAOK

Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th

Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th!  It’s the unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the nation encouraging people to commit acts of kindness out of the goodness of their hearts. Leading up to this day, we are asking YOU to craft a heart and pass it on to someone else. Give them to friends, family, co-workers, leave them on the bus or train, surprise your barista … you get the idea! Your crafted heart can take any form. We’ve even created a free printable tag to include on your crafted heart! Here are a couple of ideas to inspire you:

This Glitter Heart Card is easy to make and gives you lots of room to write kind words inside. Glitter Heart Card

If you’re feeling artsy, make this Chevron Wrapped Canvas with a Felt Heart. It comes together in no time at all and would be perfect for a co-worker or your child’s teacher. Heart Canvas

I think it would be fun to get the kiddos involved and craft these Heart Wands. It’s never to early to teach them good deeds! Heart Wand

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, we are hosting an in-store event on February 12th, where you can come make a tissue-paper heart to get your started!

Don’t forget to share your heart project on Instagram. We’ll re-gram our favorites! Random Acts of Kindness

I can’t wait to see all of your sweet hearts!

- Jillian