Every year I look forward to Valentines Day. Everything gets decorated in pinks and reds and it cheers up the gloomy winter days just enough to give you hope you can hold out until the sun starts to (hopefully) shine in another few weeks. Plus chocolate and fresh flowers are pretty much mandatory and that is just fine with me!
This past weekend, my youngest and I got a start on a valentine’s day craft that he will bring into school to exchange with his classmates.
First, we started with painting the clothes pins red on both sides, this step is optional if you are in a hurry but I felt like the final product would look better this way.
After the paint was dry, we applied a layer of glue and red glitter to one side. We then applied a layer of modge podge over the side with the glitter to keep it from flaking off over everything.
Next he cut the pipe cleaners in half. He really had fun doing this part for some reason.
The hardest part was getting the pipe cleaners around the bag of skittles with two even ends so that the antenne looked good.
After the pipecleaner was on, we rounded the ends around a pencil. The next step was to put the paperclip on, we did this step before applying the eyes to avoid the eyes getting glued to the wrong end of the clothes pin. Of course being the jokester he is, when one of the eyes came off the butterfly he was working on, he said it was a cyclops butterfly and that he was going to give it to his best friend.
He said he didn’t want to write “to:” and “from:” on them so that it would be a secret. If you wanted to, you could write a greeting on the bottom side of the clothes pin. He was such a good sport and he really did have fun working on this project with his mom.
Overall, this was a fast n’ easy craft that could be completed in about 40 minutes. Here is what you need to get going!
-clothespins — one for every valentine you are making
-pipe cleaners — these will be cut in half, so you only need half your total number of valentines
-glitter (or not :))
-bagged candy (we used a valentines package I picked up at BIG LOTS) If you can’t find any, you could make your own using snack sized ziplock baggies and a red or pink colored candy.