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making valentines

Posted Feb 13 2009 4:58pm

Valentine's Day may be the same date every year, but that doesn't stop it from sneaking up on me. I had visions of me gathering nifty crafting supplies in advance and setting up the kids with everything they needed to make beautiful valentines for their classmates. But then, suddenly it is 2 days before the exchange at school—and we haven't even started! I panic.

This morning I received an email from Forest Ethics with ideas for making valentines out of junk mail paper. I think with the right selection of pieces, it could actually look good. I saw a little friend passing out some homemade cards the the teachers at preschool this morning, and while I am not sure if junk mail was the paper, it was a collage from scraps and looked really gorgeous.

But back to my panic—this afternoon I figured I had about 2 hours total for my son to make 30 valentines for his classmates (he goes to a very 'homemade-preferred' style school). Collages from reused material fell to the wayside and instead I bought a cute valentine kit at Paper Source. Feeling quite relieved, I then learned that the teacher has another plan. She asked each child to make only 2 valentines for some kind of exchange.

What a relief! 2 is so much more manageable than 30. I scrapped the kit idea (I'll return that tomorrow). Instead we decided to sew felt hearts together and fill them with lambswool and lavender.

I'm glad that in the end we have some nice, homemade valentines made from natural materials, but it was a close call. I'd love to hear what other people are doing for valentine projects. Maybe I'll be more prepared for next year. Leave a comment or email a photo.
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