4 Valentine Cards for the Classroom that Don’t Have Candy

4 Valentine Cards for the Classroom that Don’t Have Candy

Valentine cardsAll kids love to give and receive Valentine Cards, specially those that come with a sweet treat.

The easiest way to give out Valentine Cards is to buy ready made one, some even come with the treat.  Just print your child’s name on the card and send him to school with a bag of boxed conversation hearts or whatever.

I know my grandkids come home with lots of Valentine Cards and candies.  But do you really want kids to have all that candy?  Or if your child has allergies, like my grandson Jett, edible treats aren’t such a good idea.   That’s why instead of candy we look for creative ways to send a non-edible treat to school on Valentine’s Day.

 

Here are 4 ideas for non-edible Valentine Cards to send to your child’s classroom.  Trust me the parents will appreciate it!

valentine cardsStar Wars Card

Star Wars is popular again so why not send a Star Wars Card with a glow stick.  This is one of my favorites!

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Valentine cardsDino-Mite Card

Print out these cute Dino-Mite cards and attach a small dinosaur on them.  Kids will love it!

You can get a bag of dinosaur figurines at most discount stores.  [spacer height=”-5px”]
 

 

valentine cardsRace Car Card

Instead of dinosaurs give out race cars!  You can attach them to this card with a race track background.[spacer height=”-5px”]

 

 

valentine cardsHeart Cut Out Card

If you believe that all Valentine cards must have a heart then make these simple cards with a heart cut out.  I used a a Sizzix Big Kit to cut out the heart design, but you can use a heart shaped punch or stamp instead.

You can stick or tie on these cards to whatever treat you’re sending to the classroom.[spacer height=”-5px”]
 

 

Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband

Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband

Baby Headbands, or any headband for that matter, are great projects to use up yarn scraps.  They’re quick and easy to make.  They’re also good projects for beginners.  I made this cute Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband for my granddaughter Harper.  I think she looks adorable in it!

I used #4 Worsted yarn for this headband, but you can use any kid of yarn you have, not to mention you of course can make it in any color.  This is a great pattern to learn or practice the Popcorn stitch.  It’s really a simple stitch, just 5 DC cluster that’s slip stitched together to make the cluster “pop” out.  I like the way it gives texture and dimension to a headband or any other project.  I think the headband is pretty enough on its own, but if you want to you can clip or sew on a bow, flower, or other decoration.

Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband

The headband I made measure 16″ when finished and will fit up to an 18″ head circumference.  You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less FSC in the beginning.

Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2″ less than the measurement to allow for the stretching.  If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.

I used a foundation single crochet (FSC) to start this headband.  I love this technique because I get bored quickly and hate making a foundation chain and then going back and making a row of SC.  This technique makes the chain and SC together saving time.  To learn this technique here’s a short tutorial from futuregirl.com.

Gauge: 7 SC = 2″

              4 rows of SC = 2″

Hook Size F 3.75mm (affliliate link)

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

FSC = Foundation Single Crochet

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

Pop = Popcorn cluster – in same st work 5DC, remove hook from last loop, insert hook to top front of 1st. DC you made, pick up loop from last DC and pull thru the 1st. DC, Ch 1

Row 1:  FSC 50, Ch 1, Turn

Row 2:  *DC in next 2 Sts, Pop* Repeat across ending with DC in last St, Ch 2, Turn  (16 Pop)

Row 3: *HDC in each DC of row 2, DC in Ch on top of each Pop in row 2* across, Do Not Fasten off

Border:  SC in each st at the end of row 3 working towards FSC, 3SC in st at the corner, SC in each st of FSC, 3SC in st at the corner, SC in each st of end piece working towards row 3, Sl St this end to the other end to form a band.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Be careful band does not twist when slip stitching ends together.

Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband

 

Picot Baby Headband

Picot Baby Headband

Last week I was in a mad frenzy making headbands for my only granddaughter Harper.  She looks too cute in them! Being our only Princess, Harper is a bit spoiled by us all.  We have 4 grandsons including her twin brother Sadi, none of them want or need crochet headbands.  But I have a blast creating cute things for Harper.  This Picot Baby Headband looks adorable on her.  It was perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter.

Baby Headbands are a great and easy way to use up all those yarn scarps we seem to accumulate.  I have a whole basket of them.  Plus headbands are quick and easy to make, and a Princess can never have too many of them!

I used scarps of #4 worsted yarn to make this Picot Baby Headband, but you can use whatever yarn scraps you have. I attached a big flower on my headband but you can attach anything you want, or even leave unadorned, it’s pretty either way.

The headbands I made measure 16″ when finished and will fit up to an 18″ head circumference.  You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning.  You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning.  just be sure your number of chains is a multiple of 5 + 1 chain stitch to account for starting your pattern in the 2nd. chain from the hook.

Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2″ less than the measurement to allow for the stretching.  If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.

To make this headband you will be working on both sides of the foundation chain.  It uses Picot Clusters that are worked on both sides of the foundation chain, in the same stitch as the one above it.

Gauge: 7 SC = 2″

              4 rows of SC = 2″

Hook Size F 3.75mm (affiliate link)

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

PC = Picot Cluster – SC, DC, Picot (Ch 3 after DC, Sl St into DC), DC, SC

Sk St = Skip Stitch

St(s) = stitch or stitches

Headband

Ch 71, PC in 2nd. Ch from hook, *Sk St, Sl St into next st, Sk St, PC*, repeat ** to the end, ending with PC in last st, Ch 1, turn work around so that you can work on the bottom part of the foundation chain.  PC in same st as the one you worked PC above, *Sk St, Sl St into next st, Sk St, PC*, repeat ** to the end, ending with PC in last st, (be sure to match up the Sl St & PC with the corresponding Sl St & PC above it).   Sl St to the beginning of the work to form a band.  Be careful not to twist the band when you Sl St.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Picot Baby HeadbandTo make flower click here for free pattern!

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Picot Baby HeadbandTo make a bow click here for free pattern!

 

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Shell Pattern Baby Headband – Free Pattern

Shell Pattern Baby Headband – Free Pattern

When you have been crocheting or knitting for a while you tend to accumulate bits of extra yarn.  I know I have a basket full!  One of the best ways to make use of yarn scraps are quick easy projects such as this Shell Pattern Baby Headband.

This baby headband takes less than an hour to make and they are so cute!  I made a couple for my one and only granddaughter Harper, my grandsons were not interested in any!  Once you make the basic headband you can decorate it with just about anything, or leave it plain, it’s pretty enough to stand alone.

I made a couple of different ones for Harper, one with a big bow and the other with a big flower.  I have directions for both add-ons.  I made these for Valentine’s Day, hence the colors of pink and red, but you can make it any color you want!

This is a great project for beginners!  To make this headband you will be working on both sides of the foundation chain, the shell cluster is made by working (SC, DC, SC) in the same stitch.  The headbands I made measure 16″ when finished and will fit up to an 18″ head circumference.  You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less chains in the beginning.  just be sure your number of chains is a multiple of 5 + 1 chain stitch to account for starting your pattern in the 2nd. chain from the hook.

Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2″ less than the measurement to allow for the stretching.  If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.

For the pink headband with a bow I used 100% cotton yarn for the band and sparkly #4 yarn for the bow.

For the red headband with the flower I used #4 yarn for both.

But you can use any kind of yarn you have.

Gauge: 7 SC = 2″

              4 rows of SC = 2″

Hook Size F 3.75mm (affiliate link)

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

Sh Cl = Shell Cluster (SC, DC, SC) in same stitch

Sk St = Skip Stitch

St(s) = stitch or stitches

Headband

Ch 74

Sh Cl in 2nd. Ch from hook, *Sk St, Sl St in next st, Sk St, Sh Cl in next st* repeat ** until you reach the last st, in last st work Sh Cl, Ch 1, turn the work so that you can work on the bottom of the foundation chain, *Sh Cl in same st as Sh Cl above, Sk St, Sl St in same st you worked Sl St above, Sk St* repeat ** to the end, ending with Sh Cl in the same st as the first cluster you made.  Sl St to the beginning of the work to form a band.  Be careful not to twist the band when you Sl St.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bow

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

FPSC = Front Post Single Crochet (see video tutorial from CrochetNCraft if need to learn how to work this st)

For this bow Ch 1 at the end of each row does not count as a st, it is just a turning st.

Ch 21

Row 1:  SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn (20 SC)

Row 2 & 3: SC in each st across, Ch 1, Turn (20 SC)

Row 4:  FPSC in each st across, SC in last st, Ch 1, Turn (20 Sts)

Row 5-7: Repeat Row 2 , Do not fasten off

Border:  SC around entire work, working 3 SC in each corner, fasten off, weave in ends.

You should now have a rectangle.

Taking yarn wind it around the middle of the rectangle to form a bow.  Wind yarn around at least 15 times.  Tie knot in the back to secure bow.  Stitch or tie bow to head band.

Shell Pattern Headband

 

Flower

I made my flower to have 4 rounds of petals, you can make it bigger by adding more rounds, just follow the increases in the pattern to make more rounds with larger petals.  (add chain 1 ch to chain rounds & 2 DC to the petal rounds).

You can make it smaller by working less petal rounds.

Petals are worked in clusters in the Ch spaces created in the previous round.

This pattern can get a bit confusing for beginners, best way to work it is to hold petals forward so you can see where to place the stitches for the next round which will always be a Ch round.

Rd. 1:  Ch 2, 4 SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, join to 1st. SC. (4SC)

Rd. 2: Ch 1, 2SC in each st around, join to 1st. SC.  (8SC)

Rd. 3:  (Chain space round) *Ch 2, Sl St into next st*, repeat ** around, Sl St into first Ch2 space. (8 Ch spaces)

Rd. 4: (Petal Round)  work SC, DC, SC in each Ch2 space.  (8 Petals)

Rd. 5:  (Chain space round)  Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND work into the Ch2 space you made in Rd. 3, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 4, Ch 3* Repeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 3 space.   (8 Ch spaces)

Rd. 6: (Petal Round) Work SC, 3DC, SC in each Ch3 sp. (8 Petals)

Rd. 7: (Chain space round) Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND work into the Ch3 space you made in Rd. 5, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 6, Ch 4* Repeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 4 space.   (8 Ch spaces)

Rd. 8: (Petal Round) Work SC, 5DC, SC in each Ch4 sp, Sl St to 1st. Ch 4 Sp and fasten off.  (8 Petals)

Rd. 9: (Chain space round) Hold petals forward, *Insert hook from BEHIND workp into the Ch4 space you made in Rd. 7, pull yarn over and Sl St ending up BEHIND petal in Rd. 8, Ch 5* Reeat ** ending with Sl St into first Ch 5 space.   (8 Ch spaces)

Rd. 10:  (Petal Round) Work SC, 7DC, SC in each Ch4 sp, Sl St to 1st. Ch 5 Sp and fasten off.  (8 Petals)

If you want a larger pattern continue this pattern for more rounds adding 1 ch to create Ch spaces, and 2 Dc to each petal in the next round.  If you want a smaller flower make less petal rounds.

Click here for a free printable version of the flower pattern!

Shell Pattern Baby Headband

 

Valentine Crafts & Treats Round Up – Free Printables

Valentine Crafts & Treats Round Up – Free Printables

Valentine’s Day is this weekend!  If you have school age kids then you probably have to send Valentine treats to school this Friday.  Don’t worry if you’re running late, here is a round up of Valentine crafts & treats you can whip up in just a few minutes.  If you’re planning a last minute Valentine’s Day party these ideas will be a great help too!

Valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of A Nightowl Blog

Handprint art is always a great craft for kids!  I love this Swan canvas idea by Kimberly Sneed on A Nightowl Blog!

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Valentine Crafts & treats

Courtesy of Crafty Morning

Here’a a cute handprint monkey Valentine’s card from Crafty Morning!

Click here for instructions

For more handprint Valentine card ideas check out Crafty Morning’s Round Up! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Beg Borrow Steal

I love this adorable butterfly lollipop card from Beg Borrow Steal.  You can use a glow stick or pencil instead of the pop for a non-candy treat!

Click here for instructions [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of At Second Street

Here’s another cute idea that doesn’t involve a lot of candy.  These flower heart pops from At Second Street are adorable!

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Here’s a round up of non-candy Valentine treats from Motherhood on a Dime.  My favorite are the bubble wands!

Click here to see her round up of great ideas! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Faboolous

I love Swedish Fish and I love this card idea from Faboolous!  Click here for instructions [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Workman Family

Here’s a cool idea kids will love, ipod candy boxes from the Workman Family. Click here for instructions [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

Valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Living Locurto

All kids will love these iphone candy boxes too.  Great idea and free printable from Living Locurto!  Click here for instructions & printable [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Ideas Para Decoracion

Holiday crackers are always fun.  I love this idea from Ideas Para Decoracion!

 Click here for instructions [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Lisa Storms

These robot cards from Lisa Storms are super cute.  Great idea for boys, just use different colors!  Click here for instructions [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Here’s a quick tip:  If you don’t have a paper cutter or don’t have time to cut out the cards you can pick up a pack of blank 4×6 cards at Walmart’s craft department or any craft store![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

valentine crafts & treats

Savvy Nana

Here’s another “boy” Valentine card idea.  I made these with my grandsons![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

valentine crafts & treatsOne more “boy” Valentine idea, these cute “I dig You” treat bags!

The link to this idea is no longer available, but you don’t really need instructions to make these.  Just place red plastic shovels in a clear treat bag, fill with treats, and tie with ribbons.  Print out or hand write the gift tags on cardstock[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

You can pick up these small jars from a craft store and dress them up with paper scraps for a cute container!  Great idea form It’s Written on the Walls!

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valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Ribbons & Glue

Dress up a tin mailbox form Target’s dollar section with scraps of fabric and twine.  Cute idea from Ribbons & Glue!  Click here for instructions[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Kids have to carry their cards to and from school, here’s a cute idea from Artsy Fartsy Mama using a cereal box!

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Here’s another cute holder from Smells Like Homemade!

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Valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Housing a Forest

For more awesome Valentine card holders check out the round up by Housing a Forest!  Click here to check out the round up![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Consumer Crafts

These cute Pom Pom Valentine monsters from Consumer Crafts are a great project for kids!  Click here for instructions[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Don’t forget the adults!  These edible match sticks from The 36th. Avenue are super cute!

Click here for instructions[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Shaken Together

For the Fishermen in your life I live this tackle box idea from Shaken Together!

Click here for instructions for this and other great ideas![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Amanda Jane Brown

Here’s a sweet Valentine decor idea from Amanda Jane Brown.  You can use these heart filled vases on your mantel or group them together for a lovely centerpiece!

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valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of Clean & Scentsible

Here are some free printables from Clean & Scentsible.  Use them for your party decor!   Click here for printables[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

valentine crafts & treats

Courtesy of The Party Teacher

Banners are great for decorating too!  Here are some free printable banners form The Party Teacher!

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valentinecrafts & treats

Courtesy of Number 2 Pencil

If you fell like making some homemade treats these heart shaped white chocolate bark bites from Number 2 Pencil look great and are simple to make!

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Bake up some of these heart shaped sugar cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  I’m sure they’ll be a hit!

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Kids Crafts at Joann.com[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Star Wars Valentines – DIY Valentine Cards

Star Wars Valentines – DIY Valentine Cards

Star Wars ValentinesValentine’s Day is in a couple of weeks.  It’s a fun holiday when you have school age kids, they love sharing cute Valentines with their classmates.  Every year finding the right Valentines for my grandson to bring to class can be a challenge.  They think most of the cards sold at stores are too “girly”.  This year it was a bit easier thanks to the new Star Wars movie.  I had seen similar Star Wars Valentines on Pintrest last year but Devon, my grandson wasn’t interested.

On my recent visit to Atlanta I took the boys to see the new Star Wars movie, they loved it.  When we got home I asked Devon if he wanted to give Star Wars Valentines out this year, he thought it would be super cool.  So with his help and that of his brother, Dion, we made the cool valentines.

These Valentines are so easy to make, we made 24 of them in less than an hour.  Instead of giving out candy Devon will be giving out glow sticks instead.  I’m sure his classmates’ parents will be happier!  Get a jump start on Valentine’s Day with these easy and inexpensive cards!

Here are some quick and easy to follow instructions to help you make Star War Valentines for your child to give classmates this year.  (Devon happily proclaimed they were “boy” valentines, but girls can give them out too!)

Supplies:

Star Wars Valentines

Photo of your child holding a toy light saber, if you don’t have one use a flashlight

Card stock

Paper cutter (this just makes cutting straight lines easier but if you  don’t have one you can use scissors or a craft knife)

Craft knife

Glow Sticks (bracelet type works best)

Tape

Directions:
  1. Take a photo of your child in his or her best saber fighting pose while holding a toy light saber or flashlight.   I used my cell phone.
  2. Edit your photo, add a Star Wars like background, and the text you want.  I used the free version of an iphone app called Galaxy Space Effects by Applause to add the galaxy background and the photo editor on my phone to add text.
  3. Print photo out on white card stock in the size you want, we used 4 x 6.
  4. Cut out photos using a paper cutter of scissors.  Make the edges as straight as you can.Star Wars Valentines
  5. Using a craft knife cut an “X” on the card stock as close as possible to the hand holding the light saber/flashlight.  Star Wars Valentines
  6. Insert glow stick into the cut “X”, position it so that the glow stick is “shooting” out of the light saber and doesn’t stick out of the card edges from the back.  Tape glow stick to the back of the card. Star Wars Valentines
  7.  You’re done!

Star Wars Valentines


Crafts & Supplies at joann.com!