Valentine’s DIY: Thinking Outside the Candy Wrapper!

by Mindy Lockard on February 7, 2014

While Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a holiday for lovers, it’s also a holiday for friends, teachers, grandparents and children. It’s a day to reflect and respond to the wonderful people in our lives. While romantic love is important, Valentine’s Day is also a great opportunity to find little ways to show others that we love them.

When it comes to passing on the concept of gracious living to our children, there is nothing more powerful teaching them how to communicate love. Sometimes, communicating love can feel foreign, or even uncomfortable. But when we help our children to think about why they appreciate the people in their lives (even the boy who sits across from your child—you know—the one that drives him/her crazy) and find fun, hands-on ways to enjoy the process, learning to love will happen.

But let’s be honest, moms, the “classroom valentines” process can feel daunting, even downright crazy. Take time to put on a loving perspective of gratitude. For each friend, teacher or family member on the list. If you approach it this way, so will your child. Make the process fun, and plan ahead.

So, let’s talk DIY. A way to get your kids involved that’s totally outside the candy wrapper. Here are our favorite treats that are clean, colorful, and celebrate the loves of our loved ones.

Here we go…

A Clean Way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

These soaps are so fun to make, but beware they can look like candy. Make sure you clearly explain so your loved ones aren’t enjoying a soapy snack.

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What you will need:

Step-by-Step

  1. Melt the glycerin
  2. Add the scented oil and food coloring
  3. Pour in a silicone mold and let cool
  4. Tie up your treats in cellophane bag
  5. Wrap with a ribbon and a personalized valentine

 

A Colorful Way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

These heart-shaped colors are not only fun to make, but really fun to give. My girls love giving them, but they also really love to color with them. So make a few extras.

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What you will need:

Step-by-Step (Picture Graphic)

  1. Unwrap crayons and sort by color
  2. Break up the crayons
  3. Add crayon color to heart silicone mold
  4. Wrap in a cellophane bag
  5. Wrap with a ribbon and valentine card

 

Celebrating the LOVES of your LOVE.

When we think about sharing love, it’s about thinking about the likes or loves of that special someone. While you probably can’t make these for the entire class, there are special people like grandparents, teachers, school secretaries, principals etc., who would appreciate feeling the love!  Check out this great activity that will help your children to think about some of the “loves” of those they love.  For example, last year my daughter Elle knew her teacher LOVED Doritos as a special snack. So guess what we put in her mug, wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied with a pretty red ribbon? Doritos. She couldn’t have loved her surprise more and Elle was beyond excited to share the love.

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What you will need:

Step-by-Step (Picture Graphic)

  1. Clean the glass
  2. Carefully put the silicone stencil on the glass
  3. Brush the etching cream over the open space in the stencil
  4. Set for 10 minutes
  5. Wash etching cream off glass
  6. Fill glass with your loved ones’ favorites
  7. Tie with a ribbon and a valentine card

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