Save all your wine corks so you can make one of these cute/ functional cork boards. This project is pretty self explanatory. I didn’t even bother to glue the corks. Cinch the belt tight and they stay in place.
OK, it was just before Valentine’s day when I took these photos. Hence, the heart…
The corks are re-purposed as well as the hooks. I saved these hooks from when I purchased some socks. Use two hooks just flip one over and make a heart. I think it is so cute. I’ve been wanting to share this simple project for a few years now.
During a recent Fun In The Making Valentine Workshop, elementary school students designed and sewed their own love bugs using all recycled materials. -Sara, Madison, Molly, Katie and Jade (not in photo).
Students also made carved bark Valentines and used red branches from a dogwood bush to make hug and kisses ornaments (more on this in another post).
This is some of the awesome student work done at this workshop.
Kissing Love Bugs. How sweet.
Super Job Girls!!
A few years ago, my daughter brought home a piece of bark she had carved a design in. I liked the idea so much that I thought wouldn’t it be cool to carve a valentine out of a piece of bark. I like the way it makes you think of the sweet affections of youth carved in trees. However, I don’t really like the idea of scarring a tree. They can be used in a variety of ways from napkin rings to Valentine ornaments.
You could also carve things like: T.B. + N.R., U R Sweet, Hot stuff, or Kiss me. I used a metal barbecue skewer to scratch out the letters. Bark pieces can be found on the ground around some pine trees or possibly around a log pile.
Napkin rings are made from a slice of a toilet paper roll with the bark Valentine glued on.
Hand carved tree bark Valentine ornament.
Leave a secret love note for someone special to find.
These love notes are carved into tree bark but not into living trees.
Assortment of hand carved tree bark love notes.
This I heart you message was made to decorate a gift box top.
Make one for mom/ Dad/ Grandparents … My daughter gave out one for each of her classmates one year.
[This is a craft project that I developed a few years ago and I’m just now getting around to sharing –Best, Hester Jane]
Here is a child’s Valentine gift that does not include candy.
Collect empty milk or juice cartons; the kind kids get at school with their lunches. Then wash them out.
Cut out pictures of pea plants from old seed catalogs and paste them onto the outside of the milk carton/pot.
Add dry potting soil and drop in two pea seeds. Alternatively you can place the pea seeds in a mini envelope/ Valentine card.
Staple the top closed.
Save straws (optional) if doing this project for home. Don’t waste a new straw; reuse a straw that would otherwise be on its way to a landfill. The straw becomes a support as the pea plant grows taller.
Print Valentines or design your own.
Valentines for juice cartons
Valentines for milk cartons or seed envelopes