A Dozen Great Valentine Ideas

I thought I’d post some of my favorite Valentine ideas from the past…this year, we’re making the Cozy Toes Cupcakes for the teachers, and various non-candy class Valentines.  If you’re still looking for ideas, here are a dozen!

Teacher’s Valentine Treat Box

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Fortune Cookie Class Valentines

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Cozy Toes Cupcakes (with Fuzzy Socks)

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Lollipop 3D Valentines

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Home Is Where the Heart Is Burlap Canvas Art

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Personalized Carved Heart Platter

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Easy Heart Mints

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Bee Mine Bit O’Honey Jar

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Dark Chocolate Cherries with Amaretto

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Bee Mine Honeycomb Canvas Art

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and, to make a baker’s dozen…Heart-Healthy Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar! It’s perfect for those you love and want to keep around for a while!Oatmeal-Jar-ChaosServedDail

And now, back to studying!  I’m taking my Math Content Exam next Tuesday, so send good thoughts my way, pretty please!

Throwback Almost-Thursday: Cozy Sock Cupcakes

I loved these clever gifts we gave to the teachers for Valentine’s Day last year (and the bus driver and everyone I could think of that might need warm fuzzy socks).  So I thought sharing them again might be a good idea.  They were superquick to assemble and didn’t add calories to anyone’s day!

This one time on Pinterest….so many of my craft projects start that way! But seriously, this one time on Pinterest, I saw some cute fuzzy socks all packaged up to look like a cupcake (here’s the original pin). No, they’re not real cupcakes…but they are awfully cute!

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I couldn’t find large cupcake holder, and I just couldn’t make regular ones fit properly, so I made my own cupcake wraps, used them to line a clear punch cup, and then rolled the socks up to look like icing. It really was harder to write that all down than it was to make them.

You’ll need some 12×12 paper and a spare plastic punch cup. Cut the punch cup down the side and around the bottom to make a template for your paper. Trace it onto the wrong side of your paper and cut it out. I used some Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up’s clearance rack.

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You could tape it into a punch cup at the point and call it good. But I fancied mine up a bit, cutting along the top edge with decorative scissors then running it through my crimper. I love my crimper. It adds texture to so many paper projects.

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I taped the paper inside the cup and rolled the socks up tightly, making them look like frosting, and placed them inside the paper-lined cup. And took a photo in the snow on my deck, just to emphasize how perfect cozy, fuzzy socks are this time of year.

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I popped them into a Valentine bag, stamped a tag, and tied it on using bakers’ twine. Thoughtful teacher or friend gift…checked off the to-do list!

Five-Minute Valentine Gift and Tag

Maybe it’s because my favorite GI Joe loves Bit O’ Honeys. Or maybe it’s because I had to write a five-page paper on an issue I felt was important and I chose to write about the mysterious disappearance of honeybees (I can send you a copy if you’re concerned, too). Whatever the cause, I have had bees, honey, and Valentines on my brain lately. So I made this cute tag you can download for your honey.

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The color is a little wonky in the photo…again, I blame it on the sunshine!  But, anyhoo, you can see the idea here…I just cut out the tag, rounded the edges, and used some cute washi tape to attach it to the jar.  I had some wide striped ribbon that completed the whole thing.

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click here to download the hot pink one

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or click here to download the red version.

I used a corner rounder on mine, just for fun, but left the downloads with square corners to make them easier for you to trim. But if you have a corner rounder punch, it just finishes off the tag a little bit more!

If you can’t find Bit O’ Honeys (I finally found mine at the dollar store, after looking at every grocery store around), you could just tie this to a jar of local honey (don’t laugh…someone in the hubs’ office has in-laws with an apiary, and they discuss honey a lot around the water cooler!…and the jar the gave us for Christmas was the best honey ever!). I also used the “Bee Mine” sentiment one year when the hubs was deployed and I sent a new pair of two-way radios to him…back then the only color choice for Motorola was yellow and black, so they looked like bees. Anyway, if your sweetie needs some walkie-talkies, here’s the perfect tag for a yellow-and-black pair!

Oh, and I just thought of this…what a fun classroom Valentine with a couple of honey sticks (you know, those plastic straws filled with flavored honey) threaded through it! Too bad my hooligans already made theirs for school.

Hope you’re having a sweet day!

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Teacher Valentine Treat Box

Now you know I’m not going to let a holiday of any sort pass by without sending a little treat to the teachers, right?  Because you know that my hooligans make those teachers earn their pay!  And I’m eternally grateful, because it means I don’t have to homeschool them.

Anyway, the kids like to give the teachers something handmade, so I came up with these boxes (which I found at Target’s Dollar Spot, of course) filled with a few treats. Treat-Box-ChaosServedDailyI also found push pins with pink plastic flags on them there, and we bought a box of tiny binder clips to split between the three boxes, as well as mini sticky note pads to split.  Oh, and a bag of kisses. No, not all the kisses fit. I sampled the rest to make sure they were fresh.

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I had a set of Valentine washi tape from Pick Your Plum (how fortuitous!), so we spent a half hour or so adding washi to the push pins and binder clips, just to say we made something in the box. Plus, the pins and clips were pretty cheap looking without embellishment. Well, they were cheap, so what did I expect???

Anyway, we found a package of three binder rubber bands at Target, as well, and the hooligans have three teachers, so that worked out well. Plus, there was one blue, yellow, and white instead of pink, and we needed one for a guy teacher. Yay!

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I think the teachers will like these, and be able to use the boxes afterward to organize things in their desks. The cost came to a little under $5 for each, which I thought was a reasonable amount for a small holiday!

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Our Class Valentines

You’d think we could just make the same Valentines this year that we made last year, since we’re at a new school and all. But, no, the hooligans wanted something they’d never done before…so here’s what we made!

The kindergartener put together some cute robot boxes from Stampin’ Up! that I had from a few years ago, and we found robot-themed notepads at Target to go in them, along with a little box of crayons.  Super easy and she was so impressed with herself for folding all those boxes (and it gave me time for a second cup of coffee).

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Val-Balls-ChaosServedDailyWe found the labels at The Crafting Chicks, if you need some for yourself!

My fourth-grader spied these cute fortune cookie erasers at the Target Dollar Spot, so we just put them in a bag along with an actual fortune cookie and added a tag.  My kids love fortune cookies, and the fortunes, so these were perfect!

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And, guess what?  You can click here to download the fortune cookie tags I designed.  They print 6 to a page, and we just printed them on white cardstock. If you can’t find the fortune cookie erasers, you could easily just have the real fortune cookie and attach the tag directly to it. Or I’ve seen fortune cookies dipped in melted white or dark chocolate (just halfway) then sprinkled with Valentine sprinkles.  Once they harden, pop a couple in a bag and you’re done!  Our school doesn’t allow homemade treats, so that won’t work for us, but I know some schools still do allow homemade things.

I love making, I mean helping the hooligans make, Valentine treats for their friends.  I’ll really miss that in a few years…maybe I’ll just spoil my own high school math students then and make them treats instead!

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Dark Chocolate Cherries with Amaretto

Occasionally I like to blow the socks off my kids, and these simple Dark Chocolate Cherries do the trick, especially for Valentine’s Day.  Oh, and for the hubs, I drizzle a little amaretto over the top, which makes them, well, over the top! The kids think they’re being spoiled with sugar, but the cherries really aren’t that bad for them.  After a day filled with candy (because I’m not at school to slap it out of their hands), I can still indulge them a little.Choc-Cherries-ChaosServedDaThey’re so simple, yet look like you went to all kinds of trouble to make them. All you need are a jar of maraschino cherries with the stems still on, some dark chocolate chips or melting wafers, and a bit of amaretto liqueur.

First, drain the cherries and let them dry for a few hours on a couple of layers of paper towels.  If they’re wet at all, the chocolate won’t stick, and that would be a shame!

When your cherries are dry, melt the chocolate according to the package directions (I usually use a glass bowl in the microwave; the glass holds the chocolate longer at the melted temperature). Then just dip the cherries and place them on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Chill until firm (an hour or so), then place four or five cherries in a champagne flute.

Drizzle a small amount of amaretto over the cherries in each glass, and serve.  They’re pretty on a dessert buffet, and add a perfect elegant touch with very little fuss!  I served these for the first time at a book club a few years ago (we were discussing Twilight) and I’ve made them numerous times since. I’m so glad my friend Kerri shared the idea with me!

Bee Mine Honeycomb Canvas

My front door was looking a little forlorn since I (finally) remembered to take down our Christmas wreaths a week or so ago.  In my defense, that’s not the door we use every day!  Anyway, I wanted something for Valentine’s Day, and came up with this cute Bee Mine Honeycomb Canvas.

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The photo is a little oddly lighted, because of course the sun came out (for the first time in weeks, I think) as soon as I walked out with my camera. But sunshine is too rare in Washington for me not to share it with y’all, anyway!

The kids (as usual) wanted to help with my project as soon as they saw my supplies. Here’s what I used:

  • 8×10 canvas
  • pale yellow craft paint
  • golden brown craft paint
  • a piece of giant bubble wrap (for wrapping all your giants in)
  • burgundy vinyl for the stencil
  • Bee Mine electronic cutting file from Silhouette
  • Silhouette die cutting machine

First I/we painted the canvas with the pale yellow craft paint.

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After it dried, I painted the golden brown onto a piece of giant bubble wrap in an area large enough to cover the canvas.

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Then I quickly pressed the painted bubble wrap, paint side down (or that will be a ginormous mess), onto the painted canvas.  This photo is kinda wonky, too, because of course the sun wasn’t out and adding light to my kitchen counter where I was making this.

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The kids pressed it really well on all the bubbles, and removed it. Look what I had!

Bee-Canvas-ChaosServedDailyWith an open mind, the hooligans totally agreed with me that it looked liked honeycomb. Although I’m not certain they know what that looks like, except from the Bee Movie.

Anyway, all that was left to do was cut a stencil on my Silhouette, using a file I downloaded last year (when I first wanted to do this, but ran out of time before Valentine’s Day). After cutting it out, we transferred it to the canvas.  Bob’s your uncle, we tied a ribbon on it and hung it on the door.  The ribbon is merely stapled onto the frame in back, since it’s not a heavy canvas.

It made a fun Saturday morning project for us and gave us something to do while waiting to stir the granola we were making every fifteen minutes. And then the hooligans popped all the extra bubble wrap I had saved.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is Map Art

So I neglected to mention here that the hubs and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last week. We tend to downplay it a bit, since we dated for eight years (off and on) before we decided to take the plunge. We like to be sure and look before we leap.

Anyway, we had a chance to go away for a couple of days while my mom watched the kids over the weekend(thanks!), so didn’t do much on our actual anniversary. You know me and my crafty compulsions, though. I just had to make a little something for him. And this is what I made:

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The text is not on the actual art, just the photo.  The art itself is simple…I printed street maps of each of our addresses for the last twenty years, then punched out a heart with a paper punch. I printed all of our actual addresses and the towns on white cardstock and used Stampin’ Up!’s Modern Label punch for those. I’ve blocked out the street addresses here, just for some op sec. (Operational Security, that is)

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop everything off the canvas a bit.  I saw these burlap wrapped canvases at the craft store and, happily, remembered them when I was planning this project. I think it’s a perfect background.

I love its clean symmetry (math geek, remember), and I’m pretty sure my favorite GI Joe loves it, too. And my underlying plan is that I won’t have to make another one, since we’re in our forever house now. At least until the Army decides otherwise, right?

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Cozy Cupcakes for Your Valentines

This one time on Pinterest….so many of my craft projects start that way!  But seriously, this one time on Pinterest, I saw some cute fuzzy socks all packaged up to look like a cupcake (here’s the original pin). No, they’re not real cupcakes…but they are awfully cute!

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I couldn’t find large cupcake holder, and I just couldn’t make regular ones fit properly, so I made my own cupcake wraps, used them to line a clear punch cup, and then rolled the socks up to look like icing.  It really was harder to write that all down than it was to make them.

You’ll need some 12×12 paper and a spare plastic punch cup.  Cut the punch cup down the side and around the bottom to make a template for your paper.  Trace it onto the wrong side of your paper and cut it out. I used some Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up’s clearance rack.

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You could tape it into a punch cup at the point and call it good. But I fancied mine up a bit, cutting along the top edge with decorative scissors then running it through my crimper. I love my crimper. It adds texture to so many paper projects.

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I taped the paper inside the cup and rolled the socks up tightly, making them look like frosting, and placed them inside the paper-lined cup. And took a photo in the snow on my deck, just to emphasize how perfect cozy, fuzzy socks are this time of year.

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I popped them into a Valentine bag, stamped a tag, and tied it on using bakers’ twine.  Thoughtful teacher or friend gift…checked off the to-do list!

Our Valentines

I’ll be so sad when the hooligans are too old for school Valentine’s Day parties. Being crafty little kids, they really like deciding what Valentine they’d like to make for their classmates each year…and I love “helping” them!

In a stroke of pure genius, Jill over at Create.Craft.Love hosted a Valentine’s exchange for those of us who miss those school Valentines.  We all agreed to mail a Valentine to each person who signed up…it ended up being 45.  Here’s the Valentine I sent:

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I got to use my Big Shot, a chalkboard stamping technique, and red glimmer paper…woo-hoo!  One of those snowy days last week provided me with the perfect excuse to stay home and make Valentines all day, then I popped them in the mail Monday after we got the address list from Jill.

One of the perks of moving as often as we do is that we can make the same Valentines each year if we’d like.  Princess Thundercloud has been in a different school for the last three years, so she’s chosen these Valentines each year. And, by the way, I know I should be sending non-candy treats, but since we made jack o’lanterns from clementines for Halloween, I felt candy was okay.

I’m sure you’ve seen these…they’re so easy to make.  Just take a photo of your sweetie, focusing in on the outstretched hand.  Print them in a wallet size (4 for 39 cents at Costco), then use a craft knife to make a slit at the top and bottom of the hand.  Slide a lollipop in, and place the whole thing in a small ziploc Valentine bag (from Dollar Tree) to keep it neat.

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When you have a kid named Finn, it’s punny to make these Valentines.  I’ve seen other variations using Swedish fish or goldfish crackers, with sayings like “Glad we’re in the same school.” But we go with “You’re fin-tastic.” I’m sure he’s going to outgrow these someday, but not yet!  In preschool we made similar ones with goldfish crackers and in kindergarten we made fish-shaped crayons. I printed the cards on the computer, then he just had to add the “to” and “from.”

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I found these iPod Valentines last year and made them for my niece and nephews, as well as my kids. You can download and print them from Living Locurto. They look very realistic when wrapped around a box of conversation hearts. They suck up the ink, though, when you print the entire thing, so this year we modified them. By the way, Dollar Tree had the right size conversation heart boxes 4 for $1.

Over his Army career, the hubs has become quite the Power Point ranger. He somehow copied just the front piece into Paint, then made a page with 6 fronts on it, which used much less ink for 24 of them!  Then we cut black cardstock (I bought the inexpensive, less thick kind from the craft store) into 3-3/4” x 9” pieces to wrap around the sides and backs of the conversation heart boxes. To make them easy to wrap, I scored them at 1/4”, 1”, 3-1/2”, 4-1/4”, 4-3/4”, 5-1/2”, 8”, and 8-3/4”.  Then cut them at 4-1/2” and you’ll have two wraps. We used double-stick tape to stick everything together. We used 4 pieces of 12×12 paper to make the wrap part.

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And, look…here they are, last Saturday, pouring their little hearts into Valentine production in the sweatshop known as the kitchen table.

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Yes, that’s my GI Joe guarding the guillotine paper slicer…it was the closest thing to a power tool for him to use. It was a fun way to spend Saturday morning, no matter what you hear.

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