My kids absolutely hate the pre-printed Valentines that you buy at the store. They go through and read them, trying to decide which friend or classmate gets which card. My fourth grader, especially, wants to make sure that no card with "love" goes to the opposite sex and that nothing too cheesy goes to the close friends. We solved this problem a few years ago by making our own Valentines. This is the one my son will be passing out this year:
* 8 1/2 x 11 Valentine's Day Scrapbook paper (one sheet makes four)
* Cardstock for the labels (I used two sheets of red, two of white and made 30)
* Glue or a glue runner
* Hershey Kisses or whatever candy you will put in these.
* Paper Crimper
Start by cutting your scrapbook paper into quarters. Run a glue strip down the two long sides and the short side. The pencil marks show you below. I usually run a double line on the short side.
Now roll your paper into a tube starting with the non sticky side. Roll the non sticky side to the sticky side and stick it!
Press one end closed.
Fill with candy. This size holds three to four Hershey Kisses. Press the other side closed at the opposite angle as the first side.
Run each end in the paper crimper two to three rolls.
Make your labels and stick to one end. We printed off the "Happy Valentine's Day" on the computer and used a paper punch to cut them all out. We layered and were done. Easy!
This does work best if, when you seal your first side, the seam is anywhere except centered. I like to make it about 1/4 of the way in.
The entire project took us less than an hour and my daughter and I had fun doing it!
Happy Valentine's Day!
If I do it again:
1. Stick the label over the seam on the back. I didn't think to do this and it would have hid the seam nicely.
2. I would use paper that was a lot more fun! He didn't want anything with Love, hearts, too much pink, XOXO, kisses or anything too girlie. It kind of took some of the fun out of it!