Is it too cliche to say I love Valentine’s Day? I mean it is the holiday of love, right? I know some of you may dislike the holiday, because of how commercial it is now, or the fact that you may not have someone to call your Valentine on Valentine’s Day, but it doesn’t have to be romantic. I think Valentine’s Day is a great day to show everyone you love them, from your parents or siblings, to your friends.
Last year for Valentine’s Day we made a bunch of cute Cupid’s Arrows with glitter pencils for her classmates, along with some gumball machines that held candy for the teachers. This year, after stalking Pinterest for ideas, she decided she wanted to make those butterfly Valentine’s Day cards that use Tootsie Pops as the body, for her Kindergarten Class.
I think they turned out pretty darn cute! They weren’t super hard to make, but they were a little time consuming and I ended up doing most of the work, but what’s new?
- Scrapbook paper (1 sheet made 8 butterflies)
- Butterfly Template
- Rotary Cutter
- Valentine Tootsie Pops
- Stick on googly eyes
- pipe cleaners, cut in half
1. Fold your sheet of scrapbook paper in half and cut using either the scissors or rotary cutter. This gives you two halves. Fold each of your two halves again hot-dog style.
2. Cut out the butterfly from this template that I made. Attach the stencil to the sheet, on the side that is folded but not cut, and trace. You should be able to trace it four times up the side of it. Cut the butterflies out. If you would like to, either write the “To” and “From” on the backside, or glue or stick a sticker, if you’re wanting to label them.
3. Use the rotary cutter to make two small cuts in the middles of the butterfly. Insert your tootsie pop into the cuts.
4. Decorate the tootsie pop with googly eyes and use the pipe cleaners as antennas.
Carleigh, who’s almost six years old, was able to help trace the stencil and cut a couple of them before she got too tired to help, and I ended up doing rest for her. A great tip to help keep the stencil from moving around when they are tracing them is by using a couple of paper clips, which you can see in the picture above.
Yes, this is a lot more work than buying Valentine’s Day cards, or sticking a label on some snacks, but it was fun and it let us spend some mommy and daughter time together.
Love this little girl <3 – Happy Valentine’s Day!