Homemade Valentines: Sending Love While Spending Less

Homemade ValentinesValentine’s Day is among the most popular card-giving holidays in the United States for people of all ages. Most elementary schools encourage children to bring cards to school to give to their classmates. Instead of buying your child’s Valentine’s Day cards, consider helping him or her craft cards at home. Below are some ideas to help you get started:

Lollipop Flowers

You will need:

  • Simple round lollipops
  • Construction paper (red and green)
  • Glue stick
  •  Scissors

Directions:

  1. Use red construction paper to cut out hearts that are slightly larger than the lollipop.
  2. Glue hearts to lollipop wrappers.
  3. Fold green construction paper in half. Cut out oval-shaped leaves.
  4. Unfold each double leaf, coat the inside surfaces with glue, and then close the double-sided leaf around a lollipop stick, so that one side of a leaf sticks to the other. Put one or more leaves on each lollipop stick.

Candy-filled Hearts

You will need:

  • Candy
  • Scissors
  • Colorful paper
  • Stapler

Directions:

  1. Draw or print hearts on colorful paper. You’ll need two hearts for each valentine.
  2. Write a fun or sweet message on half of the hearts (Example: “you’re in my heart”).
  3. Cut out the hearts.
  4. For each valentine, staple two hearts together along the outside edge, leaving the top open to create a pouch.
  5. Fill valentines with candy.
  6. Use staples to close the top of each valentine.

Valentine Treat Bags

You will need:

  • Cellophane treat bags
  • Candy or cookies
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Colorful construction paper

Directions:

  1. Fill each cellophane treat bag with candy or cookies.
  2. Cut construction paper into rectangular strips that are the same length as each treat bag’s opening. The strips should be wide enough to fold over the top of a treat bag.
  3. For each treat bag, fold one strip of construction paper over the top and then staple the strip in several places to seal the bag shut.
  4. Write a name or message on one or both sides of the construction paper sealing strip.

Although it may be tempting to buy Valentine’s Day cards at the store, homemade cards such as these are more likely to be treasured by both your child and the recipient.

 

Sources:
1) http://spoonful.com/crafts/lollipop-flowers
2) http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-heartbreaker-valentines.html

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