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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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Soooo cute!!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

love this. perfection as usual brooke!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I really love the idea of using little boxes for valentines. These are so cute!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Absolutely adorable!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I think I may have a bunch of matchboxes somewhere "safe"...if I can remember where that "safe place" is I am totally making these. Love the idea thoroughly!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Oh so cute! They make a cute idea for little party favours too.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

What a clever idea. I love mini Valentines!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Perfect portions, perfect presentation!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

just perfect. :)
my kids would love this secret little box of treasures.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenter*mindi*

I'm TOTALLY doing this. You are so wonderful!!! I may add some quarters instead of candy because some parents nearly poop their pants if their kids get candy. So wrong!!! Everyone eats candy on valentines day! E V a RE ONE!!!!!!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commentermarie

what a great idea! thank you for sharing, and they are lovely! we will be doing this for sure ;-)

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commentersara moon

oh my goodness. these are adorable. such a great idea.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenteremily

I love these so much.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Running to the grocery store to buy the matchbooks right now!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda E

Perfectly sized and prettiest homemade valentines! Love the personalization for the kids' artwork included.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

These are so cute! I just linked to this post at www.artsmarts4kids.com. Thanks for the great project.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

These are so cute. I just linked to this post at www.artsmarts4kids.com. Thanks for the great project!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica


02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

i love these so so so much!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commentermadesweet

where did you get the red and white twine? love the idea.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenternoelle

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