With the holiday season and January officially behind us (woohoo!) we now trudge forward into the second half of what has been a truly interesting winter. I wanted to get a little head start on some February posts by giving you guys some awesome Valentine ideas that I came across recently. These are sure to be a hit with the kids and their classmates! So cute.
It seems like every new year goes by a little bit faster than the last. We all know this scenario all too well: You continue to cross off the days in January the next thing you know, you’re rushing through the store, grabbing any generic Valentine ideas that you can get your hands on. I know, I know. Romance isn’t quite on the books yet for L + B, but there’s some genuine excitement that happens at school when the kids exchange their cards and candy with the class. Take a look at these super easy and creative Valentine ideas to help stand out among the rest!
Hershey’s Kiss Mice (Source: http://www.practicallyfunctional.com/valentines-day-hersheys-kisses-mice)
What’s a holiday for the kids without some kind of candy? Seriously, it seems like most holidays revolve around getting sweets of some kind and let’s be honest. Who doesn’t love a classic Hershey’s Kiss? This idea is too cute to pass up, and will undoubtedly turn some heads this Valentine’s Day. All you’ll need here is a bag of Valentine Kisses (the ones with the pink and red wrappers), scissors, pink and brown construction paper for the ears, some twine, googly eyes, and non-toxic glue stick (i.e. Elmer’s).
Start by cutting off the paper tag that hangs out of the top of the Kisses. Then you’ll want to cut out some teardrop shapes with the brown construction paper, and slightly smaller ones with the pink paper. These will serve as the ears. Glue the pink shapes onto the brown shapes so that the pink is the inside of the ear and the brown is the outside. Glue two ears to the flat part of a Kiss and attach a separate Kiss’ flat side on the same part.
Now for the tail. Take a small length of twine (no more than 2 inches) and tie a knot on one end. Glue it to the pointy end of one of the Kisses. Now your mouse has a tail! Finish the little guy off by gluing two googly eyes on the end opposite the tail. Repeat these steps to get as many mice as you’d like!
These super easy card ideas will be a smash hit this Valentine’s Day! It’s time to give life to some items lying around the house that have likely been lying dormant for years. Don’t be scared to be extra cheesy, because that’s what V Day is all about, right?
Puzzle Piece / Candle Cards (Source: http://inspiringpretty.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/simple-diy-valentines-day-cards(pp_w705_h456).jpg)
Look around for a puzzle or two that is missing pieces or hasn’t been used in a while and glue a few pieces to some pink or red construction paper. Use some classic puzzle puns like ‘we just fit’ or ‘you’re the missing piece’. You get the gist. Even glue some unused birthday candles to the red/pink paper and write ‘you light up my life’ etc… I know, I know. Super corny, but it sure beats the cliché store-bought super hero or cartoon cards!
Celery Heart Card (Source: http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2011/01/is-it-february-yet.html)
This one will be fun for the whole family to sit down and make before the big day. Simply go out and buy several stalks of celery, or use some that may have been sitting in the fridge for a while. Dig out some red paint from the crafts closet or buy some at the local crafts store, and you’re basically all set! You’ll want to start by cutting out a bunch of blank white cards out of construction paper. Next, cut the stalk of celery almost to the base, making sure that the pieces provide a nice flat surface. Lightly dip your celery stamp into the red paint and firmly press it onto the card. You’ll be left with a beautiful, perfect rose pattern. All you’re missing is some leaves and a stem, so feel free to draw those in with some green markers. Finish off by writing in words of endearment, and there you have it!
You can also search around the internet for various printable Valentine templates on sites like Pinterest or Etsy. Some of my favorite ones that I found are these Love Bug jars that you can attach plastic bug figurines to. http://www.naomiharrisonphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/DIY-Love-Bug-Valentines-Free-printables.jpg) They make for a super unique and fun card for the kids to take to school.
No matter which route you choose, you’ll have cards that are guaranteed to turn some heads this Valentine’s Day. So sweet, all around.
And just in case you missed it, my Valentine’s Day picks can be found right here. Little ideas for the whole family!