Here are some of the obnoxious and creative things that over-the-top homemakers are doing these days for Valentine's Day:
Picture with pop - more info on how to make this can be found at Design Mom.
Homemade Pops - From Family Kitchen
Ruler Cards - From Lil Sugar
Candy Robot Creations - From Prutsen
Melted Crayon Heart Cards - From PaperBlog
Well I want to be cool and hip! However, I don't want to spend any money and I don't want more crap in my house (so I'm NOT buying any heart shape pan for anything). My kids' schools don't allow food gifts - because obviously lollipops and conversation hearts make kids fat these days. So I had to go with something non-food related. In fact - I wanted to step up my game and get crap OUT OF MY HOUSE during this little project. So I decided on a crayon project - because we own more crayons than the Crayola factory.
First and foremost - do not believe the internet - you CAN NOT MELT CRAYONS IN THE MICROWAVE:
So my idea was to melt crayons down into multi-color crayons. I have a heart candy mold - and some things that I did read on the internet said you can melt crayons in the microwave in candy molds, but nope. You can't. So I destroyed more crayons, cut them up in little pieces and used my mini cupcake pan to melt them. I put them in a 200 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Then they were melted and I let them cool on the counter top. Used a knife to sort of pop them out of the pan. This was relatively easy.
I have a bunch of leftover cardstock that I had for a project way back when. I used my large circular punch and punched out the number of circles I needed. I had the 5 year-old sign the backs of all of them.
On the front with a Sharpie marker, I wrote "You Color My World, Valentine". Isn't that all corny and wholesome?
I had some leftover adhesive circles from a Christmas art project - so I used two on each mini crayon to attach them to the circles. You can buy these if you really want to make these - they are much better than scotch tape.
Voila! Before long - we had our cards for 1 kids' class. My handwriting isn't all that good - but whatever. 4 year-olds don't care.
Not only did I not spend any money doing this project with the kids - but I used up some crap that was in my house. Which is my ultimate goal in life - remove the crap from my life. So sure - they aren't all heart-shaped or anything really festive - but I don't need a heart shaped pan or any other crap cluttering my already cluttered house.
Now I'm one of those cool, obnoxious, overachieving moms that everyone loves to hate. I'm cool with that.