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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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four words: cheap, clever, modern and inspirational.

keep it up.



02.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKilee

had to stop by and report that my middle-school-aged daughter made up a bunch of these to hand out at school and they were a big hit. Thanks; such a sweet and easy idea.

02.23.2009 | Unregistered Commenterannie

Super cute, but don't the match boxes smell a bit like sulfur?

02.28.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLayla

Hi Brooke,

Congratulations on a lovely blog, I always enjoy the read, and wanted to let you know that I have used some of your wonderful ideas, and blogged about them too. You have wonderful taste that is just my cup of tea! Thank you!

02.28.2009 | Unregistered CommenterGretel

How cute!!!!! :)

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09.6.2009 | Unregistered Commenterolgaa

So cute!! I love how unique these are!

This is such a sweet idea, valentines day is generally for lovers only in NZ but I can think of lots of other uses. Love them and your blog is beautiful.

01.18.2010 | Unregistered Commenterapplecheekedgirl

I absolutely Love, Love, Love this project! I am sharing on my blog : D

I love these! I was looking for a cute, small Valentine's gift for the girls I work with - such a great idea! I'll definitely be featuring these on my blog, too! :) Thanks for sharing!

01.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCammi

i just made these with my 5 and 7 year old girls. it was the most fun valentine's project we have ever done. i got the little candy hearts and they can fit about 6-7 in each box, but i think m&ms like brooke shows are better (i hadn't seen that otherwise i would have done it). thank you so much for sharing!

02.7.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHadley

So simple, so cute. I'll be linking on Facebook. Thanks!

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02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterIVETH MARRIAGA

Best Valentine's Day project Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am totally going to do them for my classmates!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the idea!!!!!!!!!!!! Niamh 9 years old

02.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNiamh E. V.

Where did you get the paper?! So cute!

02.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSally

New Valentine's Day arrived. happiness to all lovers .. As soon as possible the non-lover, you find one I think .. If you do not like water is inside your heart to love Driesistanbul sohbet

02.14.2010 | Unregistered Commentersohbet odaları

L.O.V.E. these boxes! Easy, cute and inexpensive. My favorite qualities!! Thanks--my son (6) and 2 nieces (6 and 10) made about 100 of them....

02.14.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny



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