Fruit Valentines


I have another Valentine Day idea that would be perfect for your kid’s classroom valentines or a Valentine’s Day Party…or even a fun birthday party with a colorful rainbow theme.

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A few years I spotted these adorable fruit tag printables from Alpha Mom via Cindy Hooper from Skip to My Lou and have thought about them often.  I even printed them out and used them in my kids lunches a few times.

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Aren’t they so cute?  These would be a fun Valentine’s Day Treat for the health conscious person or food allergy riddled person such as myself…

So I decided to come up with a fun Fruit Valentine for Valentine’s Day using these cute Runts.  Have you seen Runts?  They were one of my favorite candies growing up.  I am not a big “candy” fan now as I prefer to spend my calories on chocolate.  But if I am forced to eat candy then I would choose Runts (or Skittles) except for the bananas…those I am not a fan of!

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Now obviously the sayings I used have pretty much been used all over the place…but here are the versions I chose to use…

You Are Really Grape!

You Are Berry Special!

I Go Bananas For You!

Orange You Glad We’re Friends?

You Deserve The Lime Light!

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If you would like to download the Fruit Valentines, click on the link below.

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It’s important to get your daily servings of fruit ;)!

Valentine’s Day Necklace

I saw the CUTEST gumball necklace a couple of years ago from One Charming Party and LOVED it.  I always wanted to make one.  This year I decided to make a wooden bead necklace that was similar.  I love the idea of giving a necklace that someone could really wear instead of candy.  These Valentine necklaces would be perfect to give to your daughter(s), granddaughter(s) and nieces…or even your girlfriends!

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To make the necklaces all you need to do is paint the wooden beads (in the size or mixed sizes that you want).  I put them on a wooden skewer to paint them easier.  When you have two coats (allow to dry between each coat) you can add a shiny urethane gloss.  I use one that can be found right by the craft paints.

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When the shiny coating has dried you can string them onto a thin ribbon.  Tie a knot at the end of the beads and then tie in a bow.  I burn the edges of the cut ribbon to prevent it from fraying.  The ribbon just melts and seals so it won’t fray.

Valentines-day Add this cute little Valentine’s Day “I LOVE to hang around you” tag to your Valentine’s Day Necklace!

If you would like to download the Necklace Valentine’s Day Tag, click on the link below.

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And…I am participating in a fun new series of Pinterest Parties this year with a group of my favorite bloggers.

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Hosted by…

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We are so excited to be hosting a Pinterest Party to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Help us create the most comprehensive holiday Pinterest board on Sunday, January 26, at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST by sharing your favorite Valentine-themed projects and recipes.

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*Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board 

*Comment on this post and leave a link to YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or recipe.

*Tweet YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or link using the hashtag #YearOfCelebrations

**Be sure to tweet the hashtag #YearofCelebrations since Twitter is the only LIVE hashtag link we can follow and track

 

*On Sunday, January 26, at the appointed time, watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours!

*Be sure to follow along during the party to re-pin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #YearOfCelebrations

*One lucky party participant will walk away with…

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We are so excited to PIN and SHARE all of your amazing projects!

I hope you will join us!

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Olaf Finger Puppet Pattern

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on the Olaf Valentine’s Day Printables I shared with you the other day.  I am so glad you guys loved them.  I have gone on a little work trip to a conference that I will share a little bit about with you a bit later on, so I was unable to answer emails and questions, but I am catching up as soon as I can.

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While I am catching up, I wanted to share with you the Olaf Finger Puppet Pattern that I promised you.  You can use these in place of the paper Olaf I shared in the Olaf Valentine Printable…or you can just make one for you kids (or yourself) to play with.

I have one more Olaf Valentine idea coming…so be sure to stick around and see what that one is like!  I couldn’t stop myself because Olaf is just too cute…right?!

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Materials needed:

white felt

black felt

brown felt

orange felt

2 google eyes

3 black mini pom poms (optional)

Hot Glue Gun

Black Sharpie Fine

1.  Cut out the pattern pieces according to the directions on the printable pattern.

2.  Cut out the left and right arm.  Glue to the front of the back body piece on the middle section.  Do this so that the arms will go inside the finger puppet and the front body piece will go over the top of them.

3.  Place glue around the sides and the top of the front piece and the back piece of the body and glue them together.  Be sure to only glue around the edges and NOT glue along the bottom.   This is so you make a hole for the finger puppet.

4.  Glue the cheeks, mouth and teeth to the Olaf.

5.  Take the nose and put a thin line hot glue down one side of the long part of the triangle nose.  Roll the nose into a cone shape and hold while the glue sets.  Be super careful not to burn yourself with the HOT glue gun.

6.  Glue the google eyes onto the top of the cheeks and glue the nose right below them in the middle of the cheeks.

7.  Glue the black mini pom poms on for the buttons or cut the buttons out of black felt and glue in place.

8.  Draw the lines to separate the body (head, middle, bottom and the feet and to draw on his eye brows.

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Pretty easy right?!  Your kids will LOVE it!

If you would like to download the Olaf Finger Puppet Patterns, click on the link below.

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Be sure to stop by again when I share these pencil tags later.  You can put Olaf on the top of a Valentine pencil or a Dum Dum sucker and give it away to your Valentine!

If you like this finger puppet pattern, you might be interested in checking out my past finger puppet patterns:

Animal Finger Puppets

Star Wars Finger Puppets

Thanksgiving Finger Puppet Patterns

Nativity Finger Puppet Patterns

Christmas Finger Puppet Patterns

Valentine’s Day Projects from The Idea Room

I can’t even believe that Christmas has come and gone. Where did it go? I feel like the older I get, the faster time goes…like some kind of weird time warp. (And now I am giving you a peek at my weird inner science geek…)

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon…and a with a crazy, hectic life schedule yesterday and today, I thought I would just share with you some links to my past Valentine’s Day projects. You may have just joined us and might want to see some of the past Valentine’s Day projects I have shared.

This list is always accessible by clicking on “projects” on my top header and then selecting “Valentine’s Day” in the drop menu. In fact, you can find most of my past projects this way (in case you didn’t know) by simply selecting a category you are interested in. Today I will share it with you here in a post. Hope you have a great day! Thank you so much for stopping by and for always being a great support to what I share here with you. You will never know how much your kind comments and interactions mean to me! xo –Amy

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Olaf Finger Puppet | Olaf Valentines

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Valentine’s Day Necklace | Movie Night | Red Velvet Cookies

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Felt Heart Wreath | Kissing Ball Wire Crate | TIssue Paper Kissing Balls

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Sealed with a Kiss | Candy Cane Heart Suckers | Love Potion no. 9

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Just a Little Crush | Heart Bottles and Cookies | Tic Tac Valentines

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I Chews You Valentine | Three Valentine Printable’s | Chalk Board Mug

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Framed Heart Decor | Valentine’s Be Mine Décor | Valentine’s Day Game

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Valentine’s Day Card Ideas | Valentine’s Candy Rings | Valentine’s Day Bingo


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Sugar Cookie Recipe | Handprint Valentine’s | Homemade Sucker Recipe

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Pops | Valentine’s Candy Bark | Heart Shape Pancakes


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Heart Wax Paper | Stenciled Love Towels | Valentine’s Day S’mores

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Valentine’s Day Subway Art | Swirl Cookie Pops | Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

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Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears | Valentine’s Décor | Valentine’s Heart Art


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DIY Heart Crayons | Heart Suckers | Sugar Scrub Cubes


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Heart Hair Clips | Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub | Chocolate Sugar Scrub

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Lemon Sugar Scrub | Bath Salts Recipes | Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Valentines Day Ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine Card Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is next week and I just barely finished up the girl’s Valentine’s cards to give to their friends.  I have seen some fun versions of these around the internet and decided to make theirs a bit more personal this year.  So I am sharing with you some different valentine card ideas today.

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There is not a lot too these Valentine’s ideas other than just simply taking a photograph of your child in front of a white wall if possible…in our case we used our garage door and then I was able to Photoshop the hinge lines out of the pictures.

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For the youngest, I just took a picture of her in the snow in front of a rock.  Busy backgrounds are not the best choice if you want to add some writing to your photo.  Then just using my Photoshop Elements program I drew some hearts and added some simple heart shapes and some text.

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I also created some Valentine Bag Toppers (which I originally saw on Martha Stewart) by placing one of the photographs onto a new blank creation that measured 3 inches x 5 inches to place on a candy baggie that measured 3 inches x 4.75 inches. 

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Then placing the photo on the bottom half, you fold the topper in half and then staple it onto your baggie of candy.

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Fairly quick and easy and I think it makes a great little Valentine gift for their friends.  My son did not want to have anything to do with these sorts of Valentines…and I can’t really blame him.  He went for the standard Valentine’s in a box.

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I attached some candy to each Valentine.  On some we glued on some Dove chocolate and on the youngest we stuck suckers through the card by placing a small hole above and below her outstretched hand.  This card has been circling the internet for a couple of years now and I finally made one.  And I have to say, that it has been a big hit.  She is so excited to hand them out to her pre-school friends this year!

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This is the first year I have done anything other than the boxed Valentine’s.  Do you do anything fun or special for your kids Valentine’s Day cards?

 

Need some other Valentine’s Day ideas?  Check out some of these past posts:

Valentine Bingo Cards

Valentine Hand Prints

Hearts Yahtzee Game and Printables

Valentine Heart Suckers

Valentine Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Valentine Candy Cane Heart Suckers

Valentine Heart Wax Paper

Valentine Heart Pancakes

Valentine Heart Felt Wreath

Valentine’s Day Candy Corn Bark

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Valentine Bingo Cards

Do you need a game to play at your child’s classroom Valentine’s Day party?  How about playing some Valentine Bingo with these free printable Valentine Bingo Cards?

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Bingo is always a fun one that doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to plan or carry out, and the kids seem to enjoy it.  So I made up some Bingo cards and simply printed them out and laminated them.  This way we will be able to use them over and over again.

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The cards are numbered from 1 to 24.  To play, you will need some game pieces.  We usually use small candies.  The ones pictured are heart Gobstoppers.  But we have used M&M’s or wrapped mini tootsie rolls.  But you could also use small pieces of paper or pennies. I realize many of you know how to play Bingo…but just in case here are some simple instructions. Simply give each child a card and a handful of game pieces.  Then the heart in the middle of the card is a free space.  To play you just call out a number from 1 to 24. Or you can have them do math problems to come up with the correct number answer.   Write down each number as you call it so you know which ones have been called {or write out the numbers at first and then cross them off as you go}. As the kids have a number on their card, they cover it with the candy.  The first with five in a row call out Bingo and win.

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Then the kids can either eat their game pieces, or you can just throw them away.   Do you want to make some of your own?  I have made it so that you can download these Bingo cards for yourself.  Just make sure to shuffle them around so no two cards are the same for each child.  Or you can print out the blank cards, laminate them and then write on your own numbers, or words {with dry erase pens and markers}…so that you can change them up to suit your needs. I have also provided 3 pre-numbered cards.    

To download the Valentine Bingo Cards click here:

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These should print out to be 5 x 7’s.  I hope you enjoy them!

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