A few days ago, my 8-year-old daughter, Alex, came home from school with a note that was sent to all parents, saying, in part, the following:
You don’t have to make Valentine’s Day gifts; however, if you do, please make them for at least 26 children. Oh, and also, please bring two dozen cookies.
I’ve not hidden the fact that I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Also, it was not lost on me that the note said “Valentine’s day gifts,” and not “those cheap little perforated Valentine’s Day cards that you can get in the check-out line in your local drug store.” And while it did say that making the gifts wasn’t a requirement, I knew that Alex would never forgive me if she was the only kid walking into class with her hands swinging free, while all the other kids brought elaborate gifts.
I was, in short, stuck.
Adding insult to injury is the fact that I am completely uncrafty when it comes to these sorts of things. I immediately turned to Pinterest, hoping for inspiration, but instead, all I got were complicated directions that required things like “sketching.” And “appliqués.” And “hot glue guns.” After an hour of searching, I found I was left with not so much inspiration as dejection, and a sneaky suspicion that Pinterest might be the devil. I closed my laptop and went to bed.
But right before I went to sleep, I was hit with an idea — an idea that I immediately knew would work. It’s a project that isn’t a “craft” so much as it’s an “assembly,” calling for nary a glue gun or an artistic talent. And, the best part — it’s as diabolically cute as the stuff I’ve seen on Pinterest!
Adorable, right? Tell me it’s not adorable!
So this weekend, Alex and I are going to spend our time making 26 of these bad boys — and because I know there has to be another mom out there looking for a Valentine’s Day craft that’s not long and involved, I thought I’d share my idea with you.
Prepare to be impressed with yourself. You’re about to get all artistic up in here.
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Easy, peasy, am I right? So, enjoy. And once you’re done, reward yourself with one of those chocolate kisses. Or, you know, fifty.