Friday, February 10, 2012

handmade Valentines...

Creating a simple and scrumptious Valentine was on our agenda the other day (and then I passed along these sweet little tips to some fellow mothers of pre-schoolers at our MOPS meeting)... and I'm not sure who enjoyed the crafting more... me... or Charlotte ? Pretty sure my favorite part was seeing something super easy and simple like cupcake liners, turn into makeshift flowers...and for Charlotte, I'm thinking she was just excited about the lollipop at the end of the crafting session.

If you are a pinterest addict like myself, you more than likely came across the cupcake liner flower (with photos and a message) craft, like I created and photographed below...

I wanted to try something different, and of course add a little bit of candy to some handmade Valentine's... cupcake liners are something we ALWAYS have in our house, and it just so happens I had special Valentine's Day themed liners. I decided to try something a little different with the liners. Yes, the photo Valentine is super cute, but lets face don't want photos of other kids... they want something sweet in their life. So, I decided to fold some of the liners in half, and then into quarters to see what I could come up with. Boom... it hit me... punch a hole at the bottom, and then stick the lollipop through. Add a few layers (4 total), until it looks like a makeshift flower...

because the liners could slide off... I then created a little message banner and glued it around the stick, to act as a barrier, so they wouldn't. Yup... the sweetest, cutest flower Valentine I ever did see...

Many of you know the premise behind creating a paper rosette... if not, there are THOUSANDS of tutorials out there to check out. I just put a little spin on the rosette, and added a lollipop. Super simple and easy, and it looks like a little candy flower now.

A Valentine's Day message is added (to keep the rosette from sliding down), and it's a win win... Valentine and candy= can't go wrong.

Go, make some handmade Valentines for this special day this year... it's way more personal then sending your kid into school with the "same ol' same ol' " and costs a fraction of the price.
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  1. So creative Karen! I am a pinterest addict as well, and have seen both of these ideas before. I love how you incorporated the lollipops though, awesome idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Love! Love! Love! These are so precious...Charlie is loving it too :)

  3. I love her little fingers touching the "flowers". So cute. I sat behind a little boy in church today and I was flirting with him...he was probably about 6 or 8 months old and so cute...his hands were so tiny and he was pointing his tiny pointer finger at me and giggling. Ah...I miss the days of little baby will be ten in less than a month and his hands are slender boy hands that manipulate legos and pencils and video game controllers...sigh. Enjoy those cute little hands as they create!