Today I am super excited to share with you the valentines that Noah and I made. Noah's school has a "card only" policy, meaning I can't be Pinterest creative and include a cute toy or food with the valentines for his school friends. Thank goodness for the blogging world and the amazing friends that I've made so that we had an excuse to get our craft on! Last year, Liz and I organized a Valentine Blog Swap, and I loved it so much that I decided to organize another one this year. More of our friends (and their kids) wanted to participate this year, which made it even more fun! While it was fun making our valentines, it was even more exciting to open the mail each day and find a valentine surprise for Noah!
First up, are the Crayon Hearts we made to send to all of our friends. We raided our crayon tin and started peeling the wrappers off. To make it easier, I used a pairing knife to cut a slit into each of the wrappers and then Noah would peel the paper off. We made a pretty good team :) I then broke all the crayons into thirds and grouped them in cups by color.
I then simply filled the heart mold with different color combinations of crayon pieces. Since my mold is silicone, I placed it on a baking sheet to make it easier when transferring to and from the oven. I then simply baked the crayons in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 250 degrees.
Since the crayons were melted when I took them out, I had to let them harden and cool completely before taking them out of the mold.
Once they were all finished, I used a spot of hot glue to secure them to the Valentine card. I made a simple but colorful card in Photoshop and printed them out on white card stock. You are welcome to download the printable here to use for your own personal use. Then I had Noah help me sign his name, and they were ready to go! I love how they turned out, and I hope all the kids enjoy coloring with them :)
As I said before, Noah and I really loved making our valentines, but our favorite part was getting a ton of fun mail and seeing what our friends made! As the valentines arrived, I put them aside so that Noah could open the majority of them all at once. He really was so excited to open each envelope and see the different cards and goodies.
Let me tell you, we have some super creative friends and they went above and beyond! There were beautiful handmade cards, games & activities to do, and of course some yummy candy to enjoy! They definitely made his day a lot more fun and delicious! Make sure to head over to everyone else's blogs (listed below) to see how they made their valentines. If you haven't yet decided on what to give this Valentine's Day, I'm sure you will find an idea you love!
Tawnya, Scarlett, & Bodhi | All of Life's Little Adventures
Jen & Hattie | And Hattie Makes Three
Ashley, Waverly, & Avalon | Being Brickner
Jess & Abbie | Being Mrs. Beer
Elizabeth & Mason | Chasin' Mason
Liz & Jude | Ellie and Addie
Crystal & Mason | Hall Around Texas
Desiree, Marcus, & Julia | Macke Monologues
Natalie & Blair | Nat Your Average Girl
Sara, Mac, & Mim | Running From the Law
Jess, Cameron, & Louise | Scott Family of Maine
Jessica, Cameron, & Emerson | Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom
Sarah, Brantley, & Holden | Seeing All Sides
Karli, Kaye, & Sawyer | September Farm
Chrissy & Elin | Simple Joys Blog
Courtney & Aria | Sweet Turtle Soup
Meghan & Noah | The Adventure Starts Here
Stephanie & Connor | Wife Mommy Me
Whitney, Kinsey, & Brielana | Work It Mommy