non-candy valentine craft

I’m pretty sure that giving all your classmates Valentine’s Day gifts is an American thing. My memories may be wrong but I seem to think that growing up in England you would only get a Valentine if someone actually liked you – like liked you…needless to say there was only one year in school that I received a Valentine and a rose.

So when I received a list of Gracen’s classmates from his teacher on Thursday for the purpose of Valentine’s Day I immediately felt the weight of American tradition on my shoulders. Sure enough my husband confirmed my suspicions that as Americans you guys give EVERYONE Valentines!

After a little research I decided that I didn’t want the ‘easy’ way out, buying candy hearts just really isn’t my thing. I decided that I wanted him to give out balloons. I’m not sure why but it’s something that Gracen loves to play with, and it’s not candy. Then I devised exactly what I wanted in my head and unfortunately I have a problem, and it seems to be something that crops up in most areas of my life – whether it be an outfit, craft, or decorating idea. I seem to always get an idea of something that I want in my head and then I have to try and track down the items I need to make it happen. This is great when I can find whatever it is I am envisioning, but I find that many times over I’m having to compromise with the items that I can find to make it work. Which usually leaves me with a little empty feeling inside :(

So I couldn’t find all the supplies in the two days that I had to prepare and this is my compromise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with what I came up with but it’s not exactly what I was envisioning.

balloon valentine craft - englexas diy blog

Basically my supplies were:
red pen
clear lollipop envelopes
red balloons
kraft tags
butcher’s twine

balloon valentine craft - englexas diy blog
I put the balloons in and sewed up the top with the baker’s twine, tied the kraft tags to the string and had my little boy sign his name :)

balloon valentine craft - englexas diy blog

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