Valentines!! And then, oh shoot, it's Valentine's and my kiddo needs to take something for school! Yep, I've been there. But, rather than rushing out to buy something last minute that might not suit your child's (or even your) fancy, let's talk about homemade Valentines.
Homemade Valentine's are super easy. And my favorite part, they are more customizable than the store bought ones. Your kids can express themselves through creativity as well. So here are my favorite homemade Valentine's that we've tried and used.
1. Melted Crayons
Melting crayons was all the rage for awhile and honestly why not, it's so easy and its a great way to re-use crayons! My oldest is making melted crayons again this year for her valentines. All you need is unwrapped crayons, a silicone mold and an oven. We have a heart silicone mold that we use. You can see my full instructions for how I make these here! You could add a fun saying to these like, 'You Melt My Heart' to tie in the messaging to the gift.
You can find all sorts of ideas or even free printables on Pinterest. Or make you own. We've taken a bible verse or a favorite image the kids could color and turned them into book marks. You could even tie a crayon on each book mark as well, one box would cover most class sizes.
3. Peeler Bead Hearts
Ok, anyone else out there have a plethora of peeler beads? My youngest it always making peeler beads. Her favorite shape currently, a heart! So guess what she is giving this year as Valentine's. Yep, she's passing out peeler bead hearts. We may put a magnet on the back or string on them to hang, but peeler beads are super simple to do. You could put 'You Melt My Heart' on these too!
4. Pencil Butterflies
So last year, we made pencil butterflies. All the cost was the pencils and some construction paper (which we always have on hand). I cut the construction paper in the shape of a butterfly, then we just taped the pencil in the middle. Then my daughter wrote on the butterfly wings who it was for and who it was from.
5. Smarties, or Other Individually Wrapped Candies
Rather than buy the candy and cards all divided up, you can buy a big bag of one particular candy and divide it up yourself. My middle daughter is doing this, this year. She chose to give smarties, so we are going to tie them with a ribbon and a fun tag and voila all ready! One tip if you're tying smarties, I tied wrapped the string before tying it to the candy.
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