This year, rounding up three sets of Valentine’s cards to be handed out in my kids’ classrooms won’t be so easy as the school now has an “approved snack list” for our district. This list, while important, is a total pain in the ass. Each of my kids has twenty-two students in their class so they will need a combined total of sixty-six Valentines. You may be thinking, “So what if your kids can’t hand out Valentines that don’t have any candy – buy pencils instead!” The answer to that train of thought is – no. Do you know how many damn pencils we have in our house now due to the change in policy and kids birthday parties, holiday parties, etc? Too many. I will have enough pencils to last til the end of time.
Then I saw something that caught my eye as I was wasting away time while scrolling through Facebook. A friend posted a photo of Valentines her kids were working on during a snow day from school. She solved my problem! I quickly sent her a message and learned the whole project was extremely cost effective, creative and didn’t involve a pencil. (I am sure there are a ton of super cute pencil Valentines out there!). She spelled out what I would need and where I could get it but stopped short of writing this post for me, which is, of course, forgiven since she gave me permission to steal her idea.
There are three things you will need to obtain for this project: heart mazes, 8 x 10 red card stock and dual adhesive form mounts (what I call square stickers). I located all of the products I would need on Amazon and since I am a prime custumer they are going to ship quickly -bonus! The heart mazes come in a package of 72 for just under $16. I found a package of 25 sheets of 8 x 10 red card stock for just under $12. Lastly, I searched for the square stickers and found a package of 240 for under $4. I don’t need that many but I couldn’t find a smaller package sooo…
I did go to Michael’s craft store later in the day for something else and priced out the paper and square stickers. I could have gotten a package of 50 sheets of 8 x 11 red card stock for $5.99 and the square stickers for $2.99. Much cheaper than what I ordered on Amazon. We all love Michael’s with their standard 40% off coupon am I right? So technically speaking, you can do this entire project for around $22 if you demonstrate more patience than I did.
Since I just ordered my products (at the time I wrote this post) for this project I will show you my friend’s photos. She was able to create four cards out of one 8 x 11 sheet or card stock. As you can see from the photo, she printed, “You are a-MAZE-ing!” at the top and “Happy Valentines Day!” at the bottom on her printer. Her kids used the square stickers to affix the heart maze in the middle of the card. So there you have it folks! A simple Valentine card that does not involved candy (or a pencil) that your kids can assemble with ease!
This seems like a good time to direct you to Natalie’s post about her attempt at being a crafty and loving mom one Valentine’s Day. It is a hysterical read so you don’t want to miss it! Here is the link to a Valentine post of our top picks for Valentines which may give you some more creative ideas from others.
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