Lately the boys have been seriously practicing their archery skills and we thought it would be fun to use this theme as our valentines this year. They came up with the catch phrase “stick around valentine” when I mentioned including the honey stick as a treat. I so enjoy having my creative helpers around.
I used a corrugated cardboard coffee sleeve to make the original arrow collage and then made a printable sheet for you to download and use. One template has the to: and from: and the other does not, in case your (younger) child prefers just to sign their name.
We had so much fun creating this for you and hope you enjoy!
You will need creme or white colored card stock. I like the warmer quality of the creme color, but feel free to experiment printing on various papers. 100 % pure honey sticks are available at health food markets or here. (these are what we decided to use).
Print the Template and cut each valentine out. Cut at the 2 dotted lines on the arrow with an x-acto knife or utility blade and then let your children slip in the honey stick.
printing note: be sure to click on the template links below and save to desktop or acrobat before printing for best results.
Template 1 | with To: and From:
Template 2 | w/o To: and From:
Thinking of crafty Valentines lately and what to create with my boys this year that would have a cool boy factor. Still working on THIS, but I’ll let you know if I come up with an idea. Meanwhile, I posted this one on Facebook before this blog was ready, so I wanted to share it with you again along with the templates. It’s a simple card that is folded over a healthy fruit snack, held together by a clothespin wrapped with washi tape or a child’s own design.
NATURALLY SWEET VALENTINE DIY
you will need ….
- traditional wooden clothespins | I bought mine at hobby lobby, but you can also purchase yours here.
- Stretch Island Fruit Company fruit snacks (or similar fruit strip) – found in the natural foods section of most stores
- assorted washi tape for decorating clothespins or have your children use markers to make their own design.
- templates below
Simply click on the links below for the templates and print as many as you need on card stock.
template for Naturally Sweet Valentine red | shown above printed on brown card stock.
tempate for Naturally Sweet Valentine pink | shown above printed on white or creme colored card stock.
Cut out designs from template and fold over fruit strip. Decorate clothespins and then attach the decorated clothespins to the wrapped fruit strip.
Happy official 1st day of winter! Snow is on the ground and it is feeling festive around here. Below are a few free printable gift tags from some talented creatives to polish off your gifts this year.
Calligraphy gift tags | Sweet Muffin Suite
Gift tags | Miss Pickle Press
Gift tags | Haciendo el Indio
these last gift tags also have an uncolored option for printing if the kiddos would like to color them in.
Have a very joyful, merry Christmas with your family!
download free template for thank you gift tags by five and one
This Thanksgiving season offer the gift of thanks by making a homemade treat or buy something lovingly made locally. I created a gift tag for you to download and print by painting a leaf from our backyard and pressing it on paper to use as a simple gift tag for a hostess gift or for anyone that you would like to give a special thank you to. Click on the link above and print the template on off-white card stock for best quality. Cut out the tags and either use a hole punch and twine or tape to your gift for giving.
The kids loved planting and watching these pumpkins completely take over our garden this summer and now we are enjoying the harvest in some very tasty recipes! We found this Australian heirloom pumpkin squash from Bakers Creek Heirloom seeds.
I used this recipe for fresh pumpkin butter from Oh She Glows using our fresh pumpkin squash and sweetened it with the brown sugar she mentions instead of sucanat and used vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract. Very Tasty!
Enjoy and give thanks to the ones you love!
The boys and I shared some special time creating this seasoned sea salt for my mother and mother – in- law for their special day. They had so much fun picking the herbs and zesting the fruit! I have included the labels for you to print and use. Some without dear mom to be used as a gift for any special someone. Simply use this template and print on heavy white or creme card stock.
Citrus + Herb Sea Salt Recipe
1 cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon each of sage, thyme, and, rosemary
1 teaspoon each of lemon and orange zest
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Finely chop herbs and zest and mix with the salt. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, just enough to dry the herbs and zest. When the salt is cooled you or your child may crush together with your fingers or pulse in a food processor to incorporate the flavors of the salt, herbs, and fruit zest. This salt works great on most everything, especially eggs.
I used these weck jars for packaging, but any small jar would work well. enjoy!
favorite part … zesting the fruit!
enjoy creating this easy gifting recipe with your children.