Remember how exciting Valentine’s Day was when we were in elementary school? The anticipation of whether or not you were going to get that special card from your first love and what it might say. Some of those years I had store bought cards to hand out but my favorites were the years that I pulled out all my construction paper weeks before that heart filled day and made my own. Why not relive a little of that excitement and make home made cards this year for your friends, co-workers, and maybe one for your true love. You can do this on your own, with friends or if you have kids, involve them and let them make some for their friends. Go dig through your craft drawers for buttons, rick-rack, sequins or anything that can be used as embellishments. Get some old fashion construction paper or scrapbook paper and get creative. Try using heart cookie cutters for your cut out heart templates if you don’t want to freehand your paper hearts. Make your Valentine’s a sweet treat by attaching heart shaped foil wrapped chocolates to your card or give a sweet treat bag along with your card. Here is an idea for an easy bag…
- Get a zip lock style sandwich bag
- Cut a piece of any style paper the width of the bag by 3″
- Fold the paper in half, so its 1 1/2″ tall by the width of the bag
- Embellish one or both sides of the folded paper
- Fill zip lock bag 1/2 to 3/4 full with a fun snack then zip shut
- Attach folded paper over the zip part of the bag using staples or double back tape
Here’s a few ideas for goodies to put in the bag
- Heart shaped sugar cookies (no they are not just for Christmas). This gives you some thing else to decorate!
- Empty a box of those candy message hearts into the bag
- White chocolate covered popcorn
An easy recipe for the white chocolate covered popcorn is-
- pop microwave Kettlecorn style popcorn, making sure all of the stales are removed or just buy a store bought bag of already popped Kettlecorn or Caramel corn.
- Lay the popped corn flat on a waxed paper lined cookie sheets
- Melt white chocolate chips
- Drizzle the melted white chocolate all over the popcorn. You might also want to add red food grade coloring to some of the melted white chocolate and drizzle over the popped corn for a little added flair
- Refrigerate until the white chocolate is harden
- Break popped corn apart and fill zip lock bags about 1/2 to 3/4 full, at this point for an added yum factor toss into the bag one to two tablespoons of cinnamon red hot candies.