Last February, I wrote about being crafting-challenged in a DIY world. I am back this year with more Valentine ideas for those of you who can’t work a glue gun and whose paint projects always seem to go terribly awry. You are my people.
This is my daughter’s last year in preschool, and while I am excited for her to join her brother in “big kid school” as she refers to it, I am melancholy about her leaving behind the land of handprint art and classroom stuffed animals (we will miss you, Ginger the Giraffe). This year we are living it up, five-year-old style, with handmade treats and projects. I consulted Pinterest for a little “Pinspiration”.
1. Valentine Hurricane Vases
This is such an easy and creative idea that would be perfect for a teacher’s gift. Like they suggest, I would probably substitute mason jars, only because I heart mason jars and use them as often as possible.
2. Valentine Candy Corn
Be still my heart! As a candy corn connoisseur, I must find this. In previous years, Target has carried candy corn outside of the typical Halloween season, and I never need much prodding to make a Target trip. While I am there, the girl needs jeans, and I might pick up that flannel top I saw, and oh, new dishes!
3. More Mason Jar Fun
I am addicted, I tell you. This is even simpler than the candy corn, but just as cute.
But what if your child has outgrown Valentine treats? Or you have a son like mine who considers himself way too cool for Valentine’s Day? There was a time when I could get away with dressing him up for the holiday:
I can imagine the look of horror if I tried to get him to wear a “Bee Mine” tee to the third grade. Even if your kids are older, you can still get in on the crafting fun with this Valentine tree. I would invest in a heart-shaped punch for this project, you won’t regret it.
5. Valentine Banner
I am obsessed with bunting and even though my daughter’s handmade birthday banner was an epic fail, I am tempted to try these ideas for our mantle.
Believe me–if I can do this, you can do it. See you at Hobby Lobby!
Katie Davis Skelley is a Tennessee native who moved to Madison with her family in 2009. Katie enjoys gardening (when not combating her mortal enemy, the Japanese beetle), fitness, singing in her church choir, traveling to exotic lands such as Orlando, and to the consternation of her husband Marc, frequently redecorating rooms in their home. You can read about her adventures in parenting over at Team Skelley and follow her on twitter at @katiedskelley.