Published on February 13th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
Totally Wild Valentines Day Gift
When I was in the grocery store looking for Valentine’s Day gifts, I skipped over the Valentine’s section.
I know, that sounds funny.
I mean, I’m there looking for Valentine’s inspiration.
But, I was looking at the boxes of lunch items, and thought, well, sometimes it’s nice to give out cookies and crackers, instead of just lollipops and Smarties.
I found animal crackers, and just had to do an animal theme, so I came up with a Totally Wild Valentines Day gift.
But that stuff is for a quick gift. Nothing wrong with giving it out, but I prefer to get creative, get into my glue, scissors, scraps and come up with something unique and crafty!
As usual, when I think about creating multiple gifts, I turned to my Cricut. I love to use that knowing I can cut out many of the same image as I go.
To begin, I wrapped a piece of paper around the package to see the size I needed of paper.
Again, I will say, this is a lovely way to use up patterned paper that you might have, but not care for enough to use in your scrapbook projects.
I found that I needed a 10″ x 4″ inch strip of paper, wrapped around sideways on the package.
These are the measurements I used to create the wrap using a bone folder and my scoring board. I added the 1/4 inch sections to create more of a box look so that the paper doesn’t squish the food inside. The side facing up is the backside of the paper. You can still create this by measuring and folding on your measurement marks, this board just makes it a whole lot easier.
Once I was done cutting and folding all my wraps, I used my Cricut to cut out the animals.
These are the carts I used to create this package:
Create a Critter – zebra/leaf
Birthday Bash – font “valentine”
Zoo Day – font “wild”
You can download the file here:
I layered the cuts together, and added chalk for their cheeks.
Then I used a marker to do their eyes to make them stand out a little bit more.
I printed out my saying, then cut it up and added it to the wrapped package. I added the zebra on with foam tape, and creased the leaves to pop them up a bit.
Once I had all the cut pieces on the wraps, I added some buttons with twine to look like little flowers. They turned out so cute!
I give out many Valentine’s so I create a half dozen for each project I make. These came together so easily because I set them up in a line, adding each piece to all of the packages before going on to the next piece.
My kiddos cannot wait to give these out to friends and teachers.
Alizabeth will be giving them to both her special needs/community living class and her English second language groups that she volunteers for.
Annalise will be giving to her friends and staff at her school.
I can see we’ll be giving out a lot of smiles on Friday!