Valentine’s Day is days away! Last week, I showed you some heartwarming, homemade Valentine gift ideas from Disney’s Spoonful.com, and today I’m showing off a few of the projects my kids made. They’re very simple and require few materials, most of which you probably already have on-hand. They make great gifts for moms, dads, grandparents, friends, and even favorite teachers!
Project #1: Mickey Heart Cookies
You will need: sugar cookie dough (either buy pre-packaged or make your own recipe), heart shaped cookie cutter, red food coloring, small tube of white icing, and dark chocolate candy melts.
What to do:
1) Prepare cookie dough and roll out to about ¼-inch thick.
2) Use heart shaped cookie cutter to form heart shapes in dough; place on baking sheet. (Follow recipe directions for baking.)
3) When cookies are cooled completely, prepare chocolate by following package directions for melting.
4) Dip rounded top half of heart cookies into chocolate and place on plate or serving tray. Use white icing to mark two “buttons” on the remaining red portion to look like Mickey’s pants.
5) Share with your sweetheart and enjoy!
Project #2: Matchbox Love Notes
You will need: cardboard match box (the type that slides out like a drawer), gift wrap or tissue paper scraps, glue, decorations, piece of paper, pen or marker, brass paper binder brads, and scissors.
What to do:
1) Remove matches from boxes and safely store elsewhere.
2) Spread glue on all sides of box, and cover with wrap gift wrap or tissue.
3) Embellish box with stickers, adhesive jewels, markers, or other decorations. Set aside.
4) Insert a brass paper binder brad into the “drawer” of the box to use as a knob or handle. Insert “drawer” into box.
5) Cut small piece of paper, write a Valentine message on it, and fold and insert it in box drawer.
6) Deliver to your Valentine!
Project #3: Paper Flower Bouquet
You will need: tissue paper, chenille craft sticks, and scissors.
What to do:
1) Cut 8 to 12 4-inch squares of tissue paper.
2) Fold each piece of paper back and forth like folding a paper fan.
3) Stack all accordion-folded pieces together.
4) Bend 1-1/2 inch hook on chenille stick, wrap around stacked papers, and twist to secure.
5) Fluff each folded piece by twisting it one half-turn. The opened pieces make a beautiful blossom.
6) Repeat the steps to make several blooms for a bouquet, and surprise your honey with home “grown” carnations!
Do you have any Valentine craft suggestions? Please share them in the comments below!
Jodi Whisenhunt is the author of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort, and operates a blog by the same title. Her book is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and CreateSpace. (Kindle and Nook versions also available.) Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!
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