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CREATE … recycled paper towel roll hearts w/ pencils for valentine’s day

If you’re looking for a simple last minute valentine (and you collect paper towel rolls), this is it! Made with recycled paper rolls, paint, a hole punch, and a pencil. We used the Treesmart recycled newspaper pencils that I added to the Garden Seed Kit, but any pencil will be fine.

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DIRECTIONS

Gather some saved paper rolls.

Have your kids add paint. We used tempura paint and then after they dried they added some designs with Craypas oil pastel.

Cut tubes into 1″ widths (we used a decorative scissors, but any scissors will work).

Punch a 1/4″ hole on each side of the cut circles and add your pencil. You will have to push a little to work the pencil in, but it should fit snugly and not fall out.

Form the circle into a heart and add a tag. The boys wrote “you’re sharp” on the front and signed the back.

Simple, Simple!

Enjoy the weekend!

Julie

CREATE … recycled lacing heart valentines

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Well, most of your preschool kids have probably decided on valentines for this year but just in case they’re looking for an easy, recycled craft or valentine to give, these lacing hearts were a lot of fun for this little girl. I’m really trying hard to use/reuse some of the materials that we have on hand, so for valentines this year I cut out cardboard hearts similar to the recycled coffee/tea sleeve hearts we did last year and let E collage away. Since kids get an overload of candy, this gives them a fun activity as an alternative.

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SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS

Cut out hearts from thin recycled cardboard

Punch holes (1/4″ hole punch) around the outside edge

Have your child decorate (paint, stamp, tape, eraser stamp) the heart.

Let the hearts dry and then tie a button with yarn (20-25″ long) to one of the holes and tape the bundle of yarn on the back, leaving room for them to sign their name and a friend’s name. If you don’t have buttons just tie the yarn around one of the punched holes.

I added a little tape at the end of the yarn to make it easier for kids to grab the end, but this is an optional step.

HAVE FUN!

P.S. another recycled valentine is on the way for all ages.

CREATE … five and one redux of treats and valentines

The kids and I are working on a couple of simple, recycled valentines this year that I’m hoping to post soon. In the meantime take a look at a mix of past treats and valentines we’ve created.

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VALENTINE’S DAY TRUFFLE AND BISCOTTI WRAPPERS

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RECYCLED COLLAGE VALENTINES

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NATURALLY SWEET VALENTINES

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ORIGAMI HEART VALENTINES

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STICK AROUND VALENTINES

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LOVELY NOTES WRAPPED IN SYCAMORE BARK

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DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND MILK + BANANA ICE CREAM WITH FRUIT STRIP HEARTS