Published on January 29th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain6
Give Out Some “Cheesy” Valentines
I love when I create fun and cute valentines to give to the minions to give out. Although they are older now, it’s more about gifting to friends, rather then class parties, but the thrill of giving out fun and exciting creations is still there for them. Minion #2 has been helping me create, thanks to long days off of school due to teacher in-service days and cold weather, I’ve been handing out assignments and ideas to keep them busy instead of wasting time on the gaming system or on tablets. So mommy’s helper she’s become. And believe me, they appreciate gifting handcrafted items so much more when they’ve had a hand in making them, understanding the time and effort put into them.
Onto our crafty Valentine. It’s a MOUSE! and oh so easy to create. I forgot to take photos, I am so sorry my friends, but I can walk you through the process and these were so simple to create.
First, cut out a heart. I used my Cricut machine, cutting a heart that was 5 inches wide. That is the important part, because once it has been folded in half, the back end needs to be able to fit the lollipop in it. Either use a cutting machine, or cut out by hand, or trace with a heart you print out and trace from. Honestly, that sounds so much harder then it is… I used my Cricut and the Cricut Font and Basic Shapes Cart to cut my hearts.
After cutting the hearts, I folded them in half, so the point is nice and sharp and it looks like a mouse.
At that point, I glued the two halves together, only putting glue about 3/4ths on the edges. Hint- see where the heart is in the top pic, that’s the stopping point of glue.
Next, I punched two circles. one is 1 inch, the other 5/8 inch. Again, use punches or a cutting machine, or you can hand cut them as well.
Glue them on to the mouse, then add three whiskers to the face, drawing them down to the point. I added a wiggle eye and a pink pearl nose.
To decorate them, I hand cut hearts, or use a machine, you want the heart to be about 1.25 inches across. I printed my Valentine greeting out using some white cardstock, red ink and Century Gothic font.
Cut the wording into a strip, cut a V out of the end, and then add to the back of the mouse.
To finish them, add the heart on top, I used pink twine, a small rose, and a pearl.
Then you can add your lollipop.
When I made these I used a bit of tape to fold in those big corners of the lollipop wrap so it went into the mouse better.
Don’t the sticks make cute little tails?!
As you can see, we were able to get a bunch of these done, only took about an hour to create them.