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Impress Without Stress: 5 DIY Valentine’s Gifts

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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Doesn't it seem like we just put away the Christmas decorations? Whether we're ready for it or not, Valentine's Day and all of its sweet, sugary glory is upon us. While we know it’s super easy to go and buy a box of the Valentine’s cards (hey, we won't blame you), we think that making your own personalized gift is a great indoor activity and a way to celebrate a little outside of the box (no pun intended). This Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered up some simple yet thoughtful DIY ideas to show our kids, their friends, and their teachers just how much we appreciate them.

Let us know what you'll be crafting this Valentine's Day. Will it be one of Sommy's great ideas or something else equally as awesome?

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by Vanessa on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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DIY Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes for the teacher’s Valentine
It is a fact that our teachers can never get too much love and thank you’s. They work tirelessly around the clock and do so much for our little ones. Show them some love with these cute heart shaped sugar cubes. These are surprisingly easy to make with the kids. Pair them with some fancy tea and voila, you have a one-of-a-kind Valentine for your kid’s teacher. Here’s how to make them:

  1. Gather granulated brown and white sugars, measuring cup, two bowls, two spoons, one separate bowl of water, and a heart shaped mold (candy molds work great).
  2. Pour a cup of the brown sugar into one empty bowl and the white sugar into the other empty bowl.
  3. Use the spoon to pour small amounts of water into the bowls of sugar. Make sure the water doesn’t dissolve the sugar. Mix the sugar so that you create a paste-like consistency.
  4. Then transfer the sugar paste into the molds. Dry the sugar cubes for at least one whole day. Once they are completely dry and harden, pop them out of the mold carefully.
  5. Package them up with some colorful tea packages for your teachers.
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by Vanessa on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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DIY Pretzel Crayons
Food is art and art is food. Create these cleverly disguised pretzel treats with your kids. They are surprisingly easy to make…no baking involved! Your kids will be proud of their amazing masterpieces. Here’s the step-by-step guide:

  1. You will need two (microwaveable) small mixing bowls, one package of pink Candy Melts by the Wilton brand (found at Michael’s), one package of red Candy Melts, two spoons, a metal baking sheet, pink and red construction paper, black Sharpie, Scotch tape, pretzel rods, and clear goodie bags.
  2. First, cut all of the pretzel rods in half. Then you will need to measure the construction paper to see where and how much you need to cut in order to make the crayon labels that go around the pretzels. You can do this by wrapping a piece of construction paper around one of the halved pretzels and mark where the ends meet. You also want to be sure to leave about ½ inch of pretzel showing on each end. Once you have gotten your measurements, cut out your labels from your red and pink construction papers and set aside.
  3. Take the black Sharpie and draw a thick black line that is about ½cm away from the edge of each side of the label. In the middle of the label, draw an oval that resembles that of a Crayola label. Then draw a heart in the middle of that oval and black out the space around the heart but be sure to stay within the oval.
  4. Now pour one package of red Candy Melts into one bowl and one package of pink Candy Melts into the other bowl. Microwave each bowl for one minute under medium heat or using the defrost button. After one minute, take a spoon and mix the melts so that it is an even consistency. If it hasn’t completely melted, pop it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds.
  5. Then have your kids dip each end of the pretzels into the Candy Melts mixtures and lay them on the baking sheet. After every pretzel has been dipped, lay them out to harden for about 45 minutes.
  6. Once the Candy Melts have completely hardened, wrap the construction paper labels around each pretzel and tape the ends together to form a pretzel crayon! Wrap them up into the goodie bags and distribute to friends.
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by Vanessa on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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DIY Bento Lunch: Say I Love You with a Personalized Valentine’s lunch
Surprise your kids on Valentine’s Day with their very own Valentine’s bento lunch. Heart shaped fruit picks and cookie cutters are handy when making heart shaped sandwiches and fruits. Personalized notes and treats are also highly encouraged!

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by Vanessa on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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DIY Felt Fortunes
Kids love fortune cookies so why not make a Valentine’s version. These felt fortunes are great for holding a sweet fortune and treat. Here are the directions (adapted from Martha Stewart)

  1. Using the felt cut out 4.5-inch diameter circles using fabric shears. Also cut fabric ribbon matching the color of the felt slightly shorter than 4.5 inches. Lastly, cut floral wires slightly shorter than the fabric ribbon using wire cutters.
  2. Use fabric glue to stick the floral wire into the middle of the felt. Then glue the fabric ribbon on top of the wire. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
  3. Fold the felt circle in half so that the ribbon and wire are inside the fold. Then bend the edges toward each other to form the fortune cookie shape.
  4. Write out fortunes on white paper and stick them into the fortune felts along with a small sweet such as Starbursts or Hershey Kisses.
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by Vanessa on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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DIY Non-Edible Heart Shaped Crayons
Not a big fan of sugar? We got you covered too. Have fun creating these heart shaped non-edible crayons with your little ones. It’s an eco-friendly way to put old broken crayons to good use. Here’s how to make them:

  1. Break up the crayons into a heart shaped muffin pan (silicon or metal).
  2. Bake them at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Once done, pull them out of the oven and let them cool and harden.
  3. Once they are cool, pop them out and package them for Valentine’s!
dusky_rose
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Very cool! We aren't allowed to exchange food items this valentine's day at school, but those crayon look cute!


BabyTeki
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:41 PM
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My kids don't go to school yet, but I'll do a Valentine breakfast for them. Red Heart shaped pancakes and strawberry milk.
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by Andrea on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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 I love the crayons. I'll try to make some for DS's friends at the babysitters.

Charizma77
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Thanks!

mrswillie
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:14 AM

This is a really cute idea. I love it.

Quoting Vertical15:

DIY Pretzel Crayons
Food is art and art is food. Create these cleverly disguised pretzel treats with your kids. They are surprisingly easy to make…no baking involved! Your kids will be proud of their amazing masterpieces. Here’s the step-by-step guide:

  1. You will need two (microwaveable) small mixing bowls, one package of pink Candy Melts by the Wilton brand (found at Michael’s), one package of red Candy Melts, two spoons, a metal baking sheet, pink and red construction paper, black Sharpie, Scotch tape, pretzel rods, and clear goodie bags.
  2. First, cut all of the pretzel rods in half. Then you will need to measure the construction paper to see where and how much you need to cut in order to make the crayon labels that go around the pretzels. You can do this by wrapping a piece of construction paper around one of the halved pretzels and mark where the ends meet. You also want to be sure to leave about ½ inch of pretzel showing on each end. Once you have gotten your measurements, cut out your labels from your red and pink construction papers and set aside.
  3. Take the black Sharpie and draw a thick black line that is about ½cm away from the edge of each side of the label. In the middle of the label, draw an oval that resembles that of a Crayola label. Then draw a heart in the middle of that oval and black out the space around the heart but be sure to stay within the oval.
  4. Now pour one package of red Candy Melts into one bowl and one package of pink Candy Melts into the other bowl. Microwave each bowl for one minute under medium heat or using the defrost button. After one minute, take a spoon and mix the melts so that it is an even consistency. If it hasn’t completely melted, pop it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds.
  5. Then have your kids dip each end of the pretzels into the Candy Melts mixtures and lay them on the baking sheet. After every pretzel has been dipped, lay them out to harden for about 45 minutes.
  6. Once the Candy Melts have completely hardened, wrap the construction paper labels around each pretzel and tape the ends together to form a pretzel crayon! Wrap them up into the goodie bags and distribute to friends.


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