I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~ Author Unknown

I was just browsing through some of my past blog entries when I realized I never posted about this.  Shame on me.  …  A few weeks back I had some of my girlfriends over for a Valentine’s Craft Night.  It was fun, or, at least it was for me.  I can’t honestly say I’m 100% convinced my friends had a good time (even though they told me repeatedly that they did).  Unfortunately, not all of the crafts went as planned, but, for the most part, I think that they all turned out pretty cute (even if we did have to improvise). 

We did two crafts, one was a craft using Rolos (you could use any other rolled candy such as Sweetarts, Lifesavers, etc) and the other was something to put in a picture frame.  They ended up looking like this…

 

Crafts we made

Crafts we made

 

Here’s how you make them, if you’re interested…

You’re The Bomb! / You’re Dynamite!
Supplies:

  1. 3 tube candies (Rolo’s, Sweethearts, Lifesavers, etc)
  2. 2 sheets of red cardstock
  3. 1 black pipe cleaner
  4. Tape
  5. Scissors
  6. computer, black pen & good handwriting, or stamps & black ink pad
  7. pencil
  8. large circle punch or a cup (to trace around)
  9. single hole bunch

Instructions:

  1. Carefully remove the labels from your candy making sure that the foil wrapped around them stays in place.  Save at least one label.
  2. Using the label as your template, trace onto red cardstock and cut out.  Repeat 3 times.
  3. Take one piece of cardstock (label-sized) and wrap around your candy (it should look like the red ‘label’ just took the place of the actual label.
  4. Cut approximately 4” off of your pipe cleaner and tape it to the top of one of your candies so that 3” is sticking out the top and 1” is adhered to the candy (this will be your ‘fuse).
  5. Take the remaining piece of pipe cleaner and wrap it around all 3 of your candies so that you have a bundle (this should look like sticks of dynamite).  Your fuse should be sticking out of the top.  Twist the pipe cleaner together so that the candies stay bundled.  You should have approximately two, 1” ends sticking out.
  6. Making the “you’re dynamite!” or “you’re the bomb” label
    1. If you’re doing this on a computer like we did, you’ll want to take a piece of red cardstock and put it in your printer.   Open up Word and, using your choice of fonts, type out your label (you’re the bomb/you’re dynamite).  You’ll need to play with the font sizes to decide which you like best.  Once you’re ready, print onto red cardstock.  Then, using a large circular punch, punch out label.  Or, use a cup (or other circular object) to trace around and then cut out label.
    2. If you’re going to hand-write or use stamps to make the label, I suggest cutting/punching the label out first and then writing/stamping onto it.
    3. Punch a hole near the top-center of the label
    4. Take your two 1” ends from step 5 and thread them both through the hole you just punched.  Spread them, one right and one left.  This will keep the label attached. 
    5. Share with friends!

      Original picture of this idea that I stole from Pinterest

      Original picture of this idea that I stole from Pinterest

 

‘I love you’ or ‘Special Dates’ plaques

Supplies:

  1. 5 x 7 or 3.5 x 5 frame (in black, white, silver, gold, red, or pink)
  2. 1 piece of white cardstock
  3. Computer, or black & red pens with really good handwriting, or black & red stickers (letters & small hearts).

Instructions:

  1. The “I love you” plaque
    1. If using your computer, open Word and adjust your page size to that of your picture size (i.e. 5 x 7 or 3.5 x 5).  Adjust your margins to 0 on all sides.  Center your text both vertically and horizontally.  You will type the alphabet, 5 letters per row except the last row which will have 6.  Change the font color on the letters “I” and “U” to red.  Delete the letter “O” and replace with a heart (you can draw this in after printing, add a sticker after printing, or use clip art).  Once you have it the way you like it, print it out. 
    2. If you’re doing this by hand either writing it or stamping it, the process is basically the same.  It should look like this:

 

I heart you

I heart you

  1. The “Special Dates” plaque
    1. If using your computer, open Word and adjust your page size to that of your picture size (i.e. 5 x 7 or 3.5 x 5).  Adjust your margins to 0 on all sides.  Center your text both vertically and horizontally.  Type a list of dates that are special to you and your sweetie such as:
      i.      Your birthdays
      ii.      The date of the day you met/first date
      iii.      The date you got engaged
      iv.      The date you were married
      v.      Your children’s birthdays
  2. Make sure that you use a dot (.) instead of a dash in between your dates.  You’ll also want to add an extra space on either side of the dot so instead of 22.22 you get 22 . 22.
  3. Then, on the date that has the most romantic significance (i.e. your wedding date), change the dots to hearts (again, this can be done via clip art or, once printed it can be freehanded or you can use stickers).
  4. Once you have it the way you like it, print it out. 
  5. If you’re doing this by hand either writing it or stamping it, the process is basically the same.  It should look like this:

    Special Dates

    Special Dates

 

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One response to “I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~ Author Unknown

  1. Heather Peña

    Cute ideas! Love them! Love the quote also! Made me laugh!!

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