Last year I made homemade Valentines.
I didn’t buy them at the Dollar Tree.
I made them.
Why do I whisper?
Because I don’t want you to think I am trying to be “that” mom.
You know who “that” mom is.
I didn’t do it to upstage the other moms.
I didn’t do it to prove that we are über creative.
I definitely didn’t do it to score points with the teacher.
I did it because I wanted to create something fun that Ellie would remember.
But I am sure she doesn’t remember what the heck she passed out at Valentines last year.
She remembers getting candy.
That is all.
Oh, and the Bubble Guppies store-bought Valentines were a hit too.
So this year I swore I would not create another handmade Valentine like last year.
Because really, she could care less.
Until I was on Pinterest and found this cute pin!
Paint chip Valentine bookmarks!
Pinned by a friend who I also blog stalk.
I messaged her on Facebook about where she found this idea because the pin led to nothing.
She wasn’t sure so I googled it and the first blog to come up, I am crediting.
I have no idea who came up with this idea but it is genius really.
Because I am sick of candy coming home from school and since there is a serious peanut allergy in my six-year old’s classroom, I am saving that mom the stress of worrying about all of it by sending in these.
Okay, let me say something first.
I usually have a problem with a craft like this one.
Because of the stealing paint chips scenario.
Even though it isn’t technically “stealing” because they are free, taking eight paint chips (I cut them in half to create 16 bookmarks) for a project that has nothing to do with painting of any kind, really bothered me.
In fact, after I took them, I noticed the paint department lady eyeing me suspiciously.
So I walked to the back of the aisle and took the back way out so I wouldn’t have to make eye contact.
I actually bought a package of unneeded light bulbs because I felt so guilty.
No, I didn’t.
I just made that up.
OMG, I AM DESTINED FOR A LIFE OF CRIME!!!
I have given Home Depot lots of free publicity over the past three and a half years.
THEY OWE ME DAMMIT.
Here is what you will need:
Heart hole punch.
These are found in the scrapbook section of your craft store.
This baby was only $1.99 after the 50% off sale that was going on at my local store.
I cut my crooked chips in half because they were pretty thick.
So that I wouldn’t have to take more than I needed.
Because of previously mentioned guilt.
The “crop” function in photo editing is key to amazing blogging pictures.
By the way, as I was doing this project for my six-year-old, said six year old was painting next to me.
Caring LESS about this Valentine project.
I apparently have some oppressed Valentine love going on that can only be cured by a couch, a therapist with a pipe and shady paint chip Valentine crafts.
Punch those holes willy-nilly into your felonious paint chip.
Just make sure you have one at the top right of the outlawed paint chip.
Because you want to thread your thin ribbon into it.
To create a bookmark.
There is a reason behind why I wanted to do this: they are learning to read now in kindergarten and I wanted to give something that they might hold onto.
Yes, I know they aren’t reading War and Peace yet.
That’s next year if Common Core has its way….sorry, educational humor.
Anyhoo, I thought this tied in kinda cool with the reading thing.
OMG, I JUST REALIZED I AM GIVING CHILDREN ILLEGAL MATERIAL!
I HAVE NO SOUL.
But aren’t they so pretty??
Not at all like an outlaw.
Poor illegitimate bookmark.
There there little bookmark.
The cost to make: three bucks.
The cost to my soul: priceless