Friday, February 11, 2011

Nathan's Homemade Valentines

What does my wedding in 2002 have to do with a 2-year old's Valentines?  A lot!

When Michael and I exited the church right after our ceremony, rather than having people throw birdseed or rice or blow bubbles, we gave guests matchboxes and sparklers.  Everyone lit a sparkler when we walked out.  Fun, fun!  Except now, nine years later, I'm left with approximately 457 personalized matchboxes.  Approximately.  So I decided to put them to good use.


For this Valentine, I found a few pieces of cardstock I liked.  Since the matchboxes measure 2 inches wide, I cut the card stock into 2-inch strips.


Then I just wrapped the matchboxes like a present, leaving the ends open so the drawer could still slide out.  It helps to really crease the cardstock as you go.


Then I glued the paper down with craft glue, and filled the drawer with goodies.  Whatever you do, don't buy Valentine PEANUT M&Ms when your kids go to a peanut-free daycare.  And then when you REALIZE your mistake, there are no Valentine M&Ms left, so you have to get the regular-color ones.  Not that I did that, or anything.


I think it would be super-fun to watch 2-year olds figure out how to open the drawer, and then discover the candy inside!


Thanks to Brooke at Inchmark for the inspiration!

3 comments:

  1. Love that! If I can't have Gavin as my Valentine, Nathan will do!

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  2. Sparklers?? See, now I'm already wondering what other awesome ideas you had for your wedding. :-) Love these matchbox valentines, especially the different little touches you put on each one. Thanks for linking up!

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  3. these are so adorable! for valentines or anytime! You are really clever and I don't have any matchboxes, but am going to try to start looking out for some. Thanks for sharing :)

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