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Feb092012

valentines 2012

I was asked by the folks over at Martha Stewart's family blog to submit an idea for their valentine contest. If you feel so inclined, I'd love if you popped over and voted

We're big fans of Valentine's Day at our house. This has not always been the case, as I spent most of my high school and college years dreading Valentine's Day and wanting to slap all those love-struck couples I saw making out on campus. But Valentine's Day with kids is a whole different story, and besides our annual Valentine's Day family dinner, the big debate is always what the kids will bring for their classmates this year.

My kids are also big fans of candy, and what's a valentine without a treat? So we were a little puzzled when my daughter Bee's teacher asked that we not include candy in our cards this year (due to an allergy in the class). A valentine without candy? WHAT?

We wanted to come up with an idea we could make at home, with materials we had on hand (if possible). I remembered these Fourth of July folding fans from Martha Stewart and we decided to make a Valentine-y version. (It's also been around 75 degrees here in Southern California lately, so fans make a lot of sense here!)

You can read the directions here, but these come together pretty quickly if you have a few helpers on hand. Bee was great at folding the paper up accordian style, and I was on glue and handle duty. You can make them any size you want, but we made most of ours using 12" x 5" pieces of paper, which will make a 5" fan.

I made little tags that say simply "I'm a fan!" and "Stay cool!" and we punched a hole in the top and bottom. Feed your fan handles through the holes and it will keep the handles together and hold your fan open. You can download a PDF of the tags here, it prints 12 to a page. Cardstock or a paper with some heft works best.

I'm hoping the kids in Bee's class with be "fans" as well. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Reader Comments (10)

Adorable! These are very cute x

02.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirsteen

those are darling!

02.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

I love seeing your valentine's each year! My daughter's class had the same request- no candy. I had the same response- what! Lame. We'll have to get extra creative to excite these five year olds:)

02.10.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchelsea

Ya, uber-lame to not have treats on Valentines. But I get it...

The fans are fab. Can't believe your temperatures! We're freezing and wet up here in Vancouver!

Thanks for sharing...

Such a cool idea

02.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

Thanks so much for sharing this idea! I made a batch with my first grader for his class and they turned out great. Much appreciated.

02.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

LOVE those Star Wars valentines!

02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa J.

perfection as usual! x

02.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know I'm submitting this project (and several of your other fabulous projects) to be featured in the near future. I noticed that the "here" link to the directions is broken. The previous link (to the July 4th fans) works, but just thought you might like to know about the broken one. Thanks for the awesome projects! I'll let you know when they are featured.

01.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy deRosier

Your project is being featured! You can see it here:

http://funfamilycrafts.com/valentine-fan/

01.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy deRosier

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