Saturday, February 07, 2015

Valentines Fun at Home

Somehow Valentines Day always sneaks up on me. Maybe because it is toward the beginning of February (I know, I know, it is smack dab in the middle but it feels like the beginning!) Or maybe because it is just after the end of the marking period and I am not thinking ahead yet. Anyway, like I said it always sneaks up on me and then I have to scramble to get my class party ready and things ready for my daughter too. This year, instead of doing store bought Valentines as she has always wanted to do in the past, we went crafty. I can't say where I first saw it, but I tracked down the directions on Pinterest (where else?), she thought it was cool, and off we went. I had almost everything I needed. Well, I had lots of crayons.
All I needed now was a heart shaped cookie sheet, which I was luckily able to find at Michaels.
Next step, peeling and breaking up all those crayons. Sorry, forgot to take a picture of that step. We used mostly reds, pinks, and purples with some blues and yellows thrown in too. I filled the bottom of each heart with broken crayons and then put the tray in the oven at 250 for about eight minutes until all the crayons had melted, but hadn't blended all together. I took them out and let them cool and then placed them in the refrigerator. Once they cooled, they had shrunk just enough to come right out. They look pretty cool!
Last step was to create the cards. We picked frames from Ashley Hughes and graphics from Creative Clips to make the cards. I was thinking "Color your heart out Valentine" but K decided she wanted to hand write each message so we left the middle blank and she filled them in.
One more reason I love these Valentines... they are food free. My daughter comes home every Halloween and Valentine's Day with bunches of candy, none of which she can eat because of severe peanut and tree nut allergies. These great little Valentines are a wonderful cute alternative that are sugar free, calorie free, and full of creative opportunities! And now on to figuring out a craft for my own class's party. I have my idea. Let's see if it works. Hugs, Heather