Adorable DIY Valentines

I can’t believe there’s only one week left before Valentine’s Day! I can’t believe it because I might be having a baby on Valentine’s Day. It’s so soon. I just don’t know what to do with myself anymore…

Luckily I’ve been able to come up with quite a few projects to distract myself from the creeping forward of time. One of which has been crafting Valentines for my daughters’ classmates. We got them done a month early and I just sent them in with them to school today. It feels good to be prepared and ahead of schedule.

But there is still plenty of time for Valentine crafting, so I thought I’d share some of the Valentines I’ve made with my girls over the past few years, and some super cool Valentines my friends have made as well.

I know that sometimes it’s more convenient just to buy those pre-made Valentines your kid just writes their name on and you can call it a day.  But I love making cute Pinterest-inspired Valentines with my children. And they are always so appreciated. For three years running we made crayon hearts by breaking apart old crayons I had saved over the year and melting them in silicone heart molds.

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Ok fine so I had to buy a couple boxes of new crayons too… but we did also use up all our scraps. I like buying the BIG boxes of like 120+ crayons so that you can get some really interesting, beautiful colors. It’s fun to experiment with placing different pieces in the molds next to each other to get some really pretty color combinations and swirls. The most tedious part of making these is peeling off all the crayon wrappers. Old crayons can be harder to peel because often on a hot day the wax has fused to the paper.

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I’ve also made homemade play dough as favors for MANY birthday parties, and for Valentine’s Day one year.

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My 6 year old really surprised me yesterday by asking me why the car smelled like play dough. It took me several minutes to figure out that she was smelling the essential oil I’d put in my car diffuser. It has lavender in it. I used to put lavender in our homemade play dough. I haven’t done that though in at least 3 years, so the scent of lavender for her recalled memories of playing with play dough when she was 3! I’m not going to lie that makes my heart melt just a little bit 🙂 ❤

This year we made two punny Valentines from Parents magazine. There were a lot of punny ideas but my girls chose the ice cream cone and fries.

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Here are the original instructions in case you would like to make them:

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We used googly eyes instead of eye stickers because that’s what we had. Tacky glue worked well to secure them. I want to add that I found the perfect fry-colored yellow pipe cleaners for $0.99 for 25 at Michaels, and three packs was enough to cut each pipe cleaner in thirds and put 12 fries in each of 25 fry boxes. I had originally bought a pack of 100 yellow pipe cleaners from Amazon for $3.99 but they ended up being the wrong color yellow and I am quite disappointed that I wasted $4.

But aside from that purchase and a pack of red paper, I didn’t need to buy anything to make either of these Valentines. We did try to make white fry boxes but they didn’t look right, and coloring them in was taking way too long, so the red paper was a must. Mia and I dug through my stack of old scrapbooking supplies and found all the other materials we needed.

Go to parents.com/punnyvalentines to download the template. It will automatically jump into your downloads folder.

I also saw this variation on Instagram, but I kind of like the pipe cleaners better! My girls had way too much fun pretending to eat pipe cleaner fries. Although this one looks faster to put together.

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You might also like to try out these taco or cake Valentines:

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Then I saw that my friend Katelyn made FIFTY of these Minecraft melts bead heart pins for both of her sons’ school classes this year. I am impressed!

She also made these last year:

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and these the year before:

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I’m not a huge proponent of Yoohoos and milk chocolate, but these are so cute. I think you could make them with juice boxes and dark chocolate and they would be just as cool to the kiddos.

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My friend Katie set up this next Valentine – a hole-punched heart for her son to backstitch for his Grandma, and they are making more for all of his classmates. She cut the cardboard from an old cereal box. I love that this Valentine not only upcycles and makes a statement for our environment, but costs probably less than a penny in yarn to make. And I really love how this one incorporates practical skill-building by having a child practice stitching. If your child has the standard 20-25 kids in his class, that’s going to be plenty of stitching practice. I’d start working on these in January 😉 In fact I think we will do just that next year.

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My friend Erica put together this next adorable Valentine by printing out black and white photos of her son and taping on a heart-shaped lollipop. So sweet!

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One more punny idea I saw is this… I’m not sure where you would buy these little bags of Cheerios though unless you have like a Sam’s club or BJ’s membership. I saw that those bulk grocery stores do carry boxes of these 0.63oz packages.

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If you don’t have kids or are more inclined to creativity in the kitchen, you might rather bake this chocolate beet cake with chocolate avocado frosting! I love this cake and I particularly love sprinkling it with fresh raspberries. Place the raspberries in the shape of a heart and you are all set for Valentine’s Day.

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I hope this post inspired you to get your Valentine’s Day groove on with me! What do you plan on doing this year for Valentine’s Day?

 

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