Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is next week?? I have to say I am very proud of myself for getting the kid’s Valentines for school done early!! I’m always up late on the last night before the party trying to finish them up. But not this year! We are already done! Check out our Valentine Pencils! It only takes a handful of inexpensive materials to make these and we got them done in one day for both of my kids classes. Since we are not allowed to bring candy or food items anymore, this makes for the perfect (non food) treat that the kids can actually use!
What you need for your Valentine Pencils:
- Craft paper – We did blue for the boys and pinks and reds for the girls.
- Scissors – We used regular scissors and craft scissors with the design on them.
- Valentine pencils – We found ours in the dollar bins at Target. But HERE are some cute ones too!
- Cap erasers
- Labels – this is optional, you can also just write on the heart.
First, we just traced out all of our hearts using a cookie cutter. We were able to fit 9 per page.
Then, cut out all of the hearts! We first cut them out using regular scissors, then went back around the edges with our craft scissors to make them a little more decorative.
You also need to cut out an end of the arrow for each pencil. I keep a stack of craft paper around all of the time because we use it so much, and we still had some Valentine paper from last year. We just picked out patterns that would go with the colors we were using. It helps if you cut the paper into a square, then fold it in half to cut the ends at an angle. That way it’s already folded and the cuts are even.
Next, we placed the labels on our hearts. I just made these on the computer using different fonts and printed them out. If you don’t have labels, you can also just write your message in the middle of the heart. Since you are giving pencils, some phrases you could use are: You’re the WRITE one, WRITE on Valentine or go with what we used. I also took a craft knife and cut slits above and below the label. This is where your pencil will slide through. I tried to use a hole punch for this, but the hole was just a little too small.
All you have to do now is slide the pencil through the heart, add the cap eraser on one end and the paper end that you cut out to the other side. The official word for the paper end is called fletching…..I had to look it up! We just used a little scotch tape to attach these. Voila! That’s all it takes to make these Valentine Pencils!
We have several other ideas you can try too! Check out our Best Valentine’s Day Ideas For 2015! Have fun and get creative!