As the days on my calendar get checked off much faster than I would like … I realize that Valentine’s Day is not far away. With that being said this OCD mama better get cracking on her son’s Valentines for his class.
Knowing that my Martha Stewart / Craftaholic mentality won’t allow just any Valentine to be given … my son and I set out to surf Pinterest [which has now topped the #1 spot on my husband’s pet peeve list, ha!].
We narrowed it down to these two ideas:
The first was this cute idea that would be easy to do in Photoshop. I just love love love this idea I tell ya! Love it! You can find it here.
The second was this cute thing found here. Looked like something I could handle and it involved candy so of course the kids would be happy too!
So, friends, which do you think son-of-mine chose?? Yep. The bomb. Leave it to a boy to choose the things that cause explosions! But, they are HIS valentines for his class … soooooo … bombs it is.
However, let it be known [in case you don’t know me] that I am cheap! And there was no way I was going to buy 51 rolls of Rolo Candy in order to make it exactly as the image shows. Who am I? Mrs. Donald Trump?
So, I got creative 🙂
My original idea was to use my Silhouette machine [insert deep love and affection here … I LOVE my Silhouette], but I knew I wanted to work on them this weekend and I would not be home … so I went all old school.
Here is what we used: [would be great to put a picture here but I totally forgot to take one … so please just use your imagination] We used computer printer, Creative Memories circle cutters, Fiskars personal paper trimmer, rolls of life saver candy, red paper, white paper, pipe cleaners, a single hole punch and scotch tape.
First step was to use Microsoft Publisher to design the red wrap-arounds. I suppose you could just cut rectangles of red paper and do that but as I said, I’m a tad OCD and wanted the word DYNAMITE to be written on them. It ended up looking like this:
I again used Publisher to design the circle gift tags. Didn’t take long at all. As for the picture I used, I surfed the web and found this image that I liked. I just copied/pasted it into my document and voila done! This is what I ended up with:
Next up, cutting everything out. The personal trimmer was used to cut out the “dynamite” pages and the Creative Memories circle cutters worked great on the gift tags. I also punched a single hole in the circle gift tags as well.
Then it was easy and quick to just wrap the red papers around the life savers rolls, tape it closed, tape a pipe cleaner fuse, use the rest of the pipe cleaner to tie the gift tag on … and done!
Now all my son has to do is write his classmate names on the back of the gift tags. Wouldn’t Martha Stewart be proud 🙂
Be sure to check back soon because I’ll also be showing you what we did for his teacher’s gift … let’s just say chocolate will be involved! Ooooooh …. yummy!