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my little valentine

I'm not so into heart shaped boxes of chocolates or a dozen red roses, but I'm very much into these little guys.

Valentines day is here, and my little ones need something to drop off with their friends... preferably something cute and little and filled with candy. I was remembering some little Christmas matchboxes we did when I was at the Kids magazine, so we revamped them for Valentine's day. 

You can find little packs of matchboxes at the grocery store, I found mine near the cigarettes. They usually come in packs of 10 and shouldn't run you more than $1.50 or so. (Dump the matches out and save them for your next blackout.) Cut a piece of paper 2" high (or the height of your matchbox) and about 4" long (enough to wrap all the way around). I used a bit of tape to secure it on the back.

You can do these anyway you like. I love the portraits C drew of his friends at school (his idea).. They may all look the same at first glance, but he can tell you who each one is. I cut the paper down to the right size first, then wrapped it around the box after he was finished. For other matchboxes I used a little heart punch and glued a little bit of paper underneath. And some got a simple little band. 

Fill with candy (regular m and ms and candy corn will fit nicely), tuck in a little note, wrap with string if desired, and add a name tag or first initial. Then off to school!

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brilliant. so making these. will parents care if the candy isn't wrapped?

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commentermer

Adorable. I need to make some!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBenita

Super cute! I love them and the colours too.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharnel

They are gorgeous! Love the artwork, clever children. Such a pretty colour palette!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterShanyn

Hyper gorgeous! How many valentines do each of your children have? Bet they have lots with or without the cutely packaged gifts.
At least having all those matches at the ready will mean you'll probably never have a blackout again. Always the way

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenteraneela

I love these! Where did you get all the cute papers? C's drawings are the best!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy P

these are so great.. i would definitely have to tie each one shut to prevent ruthie from eating (or licking- her latest trick) all the candy before delivery.

and there are few things i love more than children's drawings. (the giant hands!) way to go, c.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

you have some SWEET ideas that are very doable! the color scheme reminds me of bee's bday party.=)

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy

I LOVE this idea!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndia

good lord - that's the cutest idea i've ever seen!

J :)

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLobotoME

Just a paranoid question...is there anything in matches that would leave residue on the candies? (But these are absolutely darling!)

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

great idea. i really enjoying stopping by your blog.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMefi

Love these. How creative--and just the right amount of candy, too. :)

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMinns

this is SUCH a great idea!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commentermisty

I swear everything you do is perfection. These will surely be mentioned on my blog before V-Day. Thanks so much for all of your inspiration.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Your blog is one of my favorites! These are darling! Thanks for the tips. :)

Happy blogging!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenterk

Love those Vboxes. Will make some for my son's friends at his preschool. Thank you for yet another great idea.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEdith

Oh, so sweet and clever!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Merry Mishap

Adorable! And so easy!

EEEEK…we've already finished our cards, but we might have to make these too!
Love it!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commentermo

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