In elementary school, I was the weird kid who brought homemade Valentine's Day cards to school while everyone else doled out Ninja Turtle emblazoned missives. Frankly, I don't remember much about those years, but I do remember sitting at the kitchen table with my Mom, making those cards. Hubby and I both have such strange work schedules that days of the week, and especially special occasions, often pass us in a blur, but this year I remembered about Valentine's Day and whipped up something cute for our niece and nephew: homemade Valentine's Day cards + goody bags in one!
Adorable right? These easy Valentine's Day card come stuffed with candy so I'm sure they will be a hit! I don't think a tutorial is really necessary, but I'll outline the steps and supplies below just in case - you're at least going to want to know about the insanely cute, pint-sized Dolly Mix I used...
- Clear treat bags
- Ribbon (this polka dot one is adorable!)
- Treats (I used Dolly mix)
- Pretty paper
- Acrylic/craft paint (I used pale pink and gold)
- Small brushes
- Gold pen
- Paper cutter/scissors
First I cut some paper to the same width as the bags with my paper cutter. I folded it in half and then wrote a little message across the top with a gold pen (I also signed our names and "xoxo" on the back). Then I added a row of hand-painted hearts and set the cards aside to dry. It took quite a bit of practice on scrap paper to achieve the effortlessly perfect swoopy heart.
While I waited, I filled two treat bags with Dolly mix. I went to the bulk store in search of heart shaped candies but stumbled across this British confection instead. Apparently it's been around since the 1920s and I love that it (the Waterbridge brand, at least) uses completely natural flavors and colours.
Look how teeny!
Sure, this treat packs a lot of sugar (and I feel guilty about that), but the pieces are small and made to scale for tiny little hands. My hope is that they'll devour it more slowly!
Once the cards were dry, I slid a folded card over the top of each treat bag and stapled it near the bottom in two places.
I threaded a length of ribbon through the card and then wrapped it front to back before tying it in a bow at the front - the ribbon hides the staples.
Easy peasy! A cute homemade card and sack of sugar in one! Now I need to make sure that:
A. I remember to actually bring these treats to the kiddos on Valentine's Day
B. I don't crack open each sack, inhale the Dolly Mix, and pretend that I forgot V-Day again this year