This is Em's first year of giving out Valentine's and he decided he wanted a "tree of hearts" and to make something for each of his classmates. For a mommy on a budget, the creativity hat is never far away, so to the kid craft books we went. Here is what he made.
We began with a typical salt dough recipe (1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of warm water) and rolled out various shaped and sized hearts. The rolling pins are available at Lakeshore.
The hearts then baked in the oven at 225 degrees for 3 hours. In past experiences I've found that a higher oven temp. will make the salt dough puff up, so it's low and slow that I think works best.
Next he painted all the backs and then went back to do all the fronts, adding a dusting of fine glitter while the paint was still wet. We let them dry for an hour before making a wrapping assembly line.
Some chocolate kisses and a homemade card complete the gift. I found the Valentine tree that Em wanted online. It is a beautiful (free to use) drawing by Australian artist Matthew Martin.
We used that for the front of his card and cardstock I had on hand to print them out.
A wee bit of tissue paper and some yarn to tie it all up and voila! Valentine goodies for school all ready to go! (Well, after repeating the process for all the kids and teachers of course!)