Sunday, February 10, 2013

Easy, Peasy (&Cheap) Valentine's

The crafty mom in me really wanted to go crazy this Valentine's Day. I mean you can't spend a minute on Pinterest without being bombarded with a gazillion Valentine printables or how-to's. I'll admit, I totally wanted to make these:

I even bought the Swedish fish!

But Jackson is in Pre-school. Actually, he is in PRE-preschool.  Is a 3 year old really going to appreciate this kind of handiwork? At the end of the day, I just couldn't justify spending a bunch of time on a Valentine that most likely would be destroyed and devoured in minutes. So I put away my fancy cutting machine and my bakers twine and decided to make Valentine's the old school way.

This Valentine is cute, easy, cheap, easy for the kids to help with, and cheap.

Did I mention cheap and easy??

All you need are some pencils, construction paper, scissors, markers and crayons and anything else you want to decorate your valentines with.

I found these pencils at Walmart. $0.97 for 12. Can't. Beat. That.

First, you take a piece of construction paper and fold it in half. Cut or tear it into 2 pieces.
Then fold those pieces in half and draw your heart half. (Think old school way of cutting out hearts)
Now cut out the heart and admire!

Now here is where the magic happens- cut two slits, about an 1 1/2 apart while the heart is still folded in half.

Now decorate the heart however you like. Glitter, stickers, get crazy. I let Jack draw all over it with crayon's because we were fresh out of glitter (aw, shucks, she says sarcastically) After he was done, I wrote the names of the classmates on them, added a cute little saying and then help Jack "sign" his name. I like the idea of giving pencils this year because they are just learning to hold pencils and "write" with them.

Then feed the pencil through the slits you made and BAMO!

Then I added some Hershey's Kisses to the bottom of this $1 Spot Target basket and stuck the pencils in. The total cost of the whole project including the basket and candy was under $5! Not as chic as some of the Valentine's pinned on Pinterest, but it's quick, easy and the kids can help with them which makes them a winner in my book. Hope you enjoy!