My daughter’s teacher sent out a note this year saying the class would be exchanging valentines in class and that it was a great opportunity for them to practice writing their name on each of the cards. Candy was an optional add-on, but could not be eaten at school. I decided that it would be fun to include a little something for each of the kids but I didn’t want to encourage the kids eating candy, so we went to the dollar store to look for alternatives.
When I saw these cute little miniature pens I thought they would be perfect, so we decided to make valentine butterflies with the pens in the center. I had card stock at home for the wings and I bought pipe cleaners and stickers at the dollar store, making it a pretty a cheap project. If you can’t find pens like these you could also use pencils, crayons, popsicle sticks, or pipe cleaners as an alternative.
Colored card stock
Small pens or pencils
MAKING YOUR VALENTINES:
1. Cut a heart out of card stock as your stencil. Make sure it is the right length for the pen to fit in the middle.
2. Hold your card stock paper horizontally and then fold the two sides in so they meet in the middle. This makes your hearts nice and symmetrical and gives you the fold you need to insert your pen in the middle. Trace your hearts so that the middle of the heart is along the fold.
3. Cut out the hearts.
4. Open up the hearts and write the valentine message or names on the back of the heart, leaving the side that folds open to decorate.
5. Cut your pipe cleaners into strips a few inches long and wrap them around the top of the pen so they look like butterfly antennas. If your pen has a clip this should be nice and easy, if it does not, wrap it around two times, leaving the ends sticking up for the antennas.
6. Attach the pen onto the heart using the clip on the back of the pen to hold it in place. (If you are using a pencil or a popsicle stick, you can fold your heart in half and cut two small slits in the center so your pen or pencil can slip in.
7. Decorate the wings of the butterfly. We used stickers because we found a bunch of cheap valentines ones at the dollar store that my daughters couldn’t resist, but you could also decorate with markers, crayons or paint.