Somewhere along the line, mothers of school-aged kids decided that cheapie paper valentines from the drugstore are not good enough for their babies. I’m not sure why or how, but it sort of ruined it for the rest of us.
Now I feel like I have to come up with something borderline cute or I’m a failure of a mother. Plus, I’ll have to listen to things like “Look what Olivia’s mom made.” Can’t you hear the disappointment at my failures dripping from her little voice already?
So I took the bull by its stupid horns and came up with an idea of my own. Take that, Olivia’s mom.
This isn’t exactly what the final version of our little creations are going to look like. There will be glitter and stickers and stamps once my little diva feels like getting crafty (she wasn’t yesterday), but I think you can get the idea.
Here’s what I used:
Once I had all of my stuff together, I filled my bags with Teddy Grahams. I put fifteen bears in each bag (for 22 kids that amounted to about a box and a half), figuring they would get so much stuff they didn’t need any more than that anyway.Once my bags were filled, I cut my card stock down to size. I made sure that each piece was as wide as my bag and could be folded in half with a couple of inches hanging over on each side.
Next, I cut the excess off each of the bags, leaving enough so that they could be folded down to make sure no bears escaped. When that was done, I stapled my card stock to the bags, creating little packages.
From there, all you have to do is decorate them! I thought bear hugs was kind of cute and different and Samantha loved it, so we went with that. All that’s left is to let her go nuts decorating them however her little heart desires.
I think moms forget way too often that these little projects are actually for the kids. While it would be nice to send in perfect little packages to show Olivia’s mom who’s boss, it’s more important to let my little lady get that same little burst of pride when she’s satisfied with how her hard work came out.
She is so proud of the little valentine mailbox she made out of a shoe box. And isn’t that what we’re really shooting for?
PS These would make super cute party favors too, don’t you think?