Okay, I know this one is a bit late. But, I didn’t want to post what I was working on until after I gave the gifts I created to their recipients.
Each year, I create little Valentine packages for our local nieces and nephews. I will usually go to Target and pick-up a plastic bucket from the dollar aisle, add candy to it, et voila a completed valentine for the kiddos. This year, the only thing I bought from Target was the candy. I was determined to make my own receptacles for the goodies.
At home, I gathered my supplies:
- Colored paper (two shades of red, and a mint green for contrast)
- Letter stickers
- Brown lunch bags (of which I have hundreds left over from the wedding)
- Cellophane bags (also wedding leftovers)
Then, I set to work. I cut out multiple hearts in various sizes. I would need enough for five bags (four for the nieces and nephews and one for my folks).
I arranged some hearts on a bag until I found the design I liked. Then I taped them down. I added letter stickers for the name of the recipient. On a couple of the bags (for the older kids) I added a scrapbook sticker with a special quote.
Each of the bags only took about five – ten minutes and were rather fun to create. When they were done, I lined them up and started to divide the candy. Some of the candy – like Jelly Beans and M&M’s – didn’t come in individual packaging. So, those went into a cellophane bag. I ended up adding some other colorful candy to the bag as shown below.
I tied off each bag with a silver tie and added it to the brown bag. The whole project could not have taken me more than an hour and as I said before was a lot of fun to work on.
Here are some shots of the final products.
So, what do you think? Did you make any homemade Valentines? What did you do?