DIY Valentine's Day - Kids version

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Just like when I was a child, we celebrate all occasions. I have very clear memories of my Mum decorating our big living room window with treasures we made. I want my kids to have the same fond memories I have. We've been making our own Valentines since Morgan started school. This way the children can decorate and personalize them however they want. Not all kiddos love having a superhero or cartoon character on the front of their card. Morgan wants to keep his a surprise in case anyone from his class reads my blog, LOL. I love all the support he has for his Momma, he told me the other day I was famous because I have over 1,000 followers on Instagram. Bless his heart.

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I made enough for both classes for under $20.00. If your kids attend a school that allows outside food, I would try doing a little stick of candy. 

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Heart Valentine's seem to be the favourite this year. Both Morgan and Kendall love these simple hearts with pencils. I purchased the card stock on sale at Michaels for $5.00,  bought one package of 16 pencils and got one free($4.99). I used my Cricut for this because Morgan wanted all his hearts to be even this year. I only have a small hole punch, so I doubled up the holes to make it easier to push the pencil through. 

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Everyone knows how much I love my coffee. Every weekend the kids suggest they surprise me with a coffee in bed...it never happens, but the thought is what counts right?  I don't know about all of you, but on Valentine's morning, I would rather have a cup of coffee that I didn't have to make, personalized with a sweet message from someone I love. Don't worry Morgan I'll pretend I'm surprised by your beautiful cup cozy on Feb 14th.  

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I saved my last carboard coffee cozy from Starbucks. Morgan picked out some pink cardstock, and we traced both sides. 

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To keep things simple, he decorated before we cut out. 

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Lastly we used hot glue and glued the card stock on each side. Morgan is great with the glue gun but smaller children might be better suited for a glue stick or even tape. 

Tasty treats become a problem at our house. I buy these cute little chocolates and candies and think I've hidden them well enough, but Kendall always finds them and eats them all! Morgan doesn't have a sweet tooth, I could give him a whole bag of chocolate and tell him only one a day until they run out, and I know he'll listen. I bought these cute little shape cutters for their lunches in September. Kendall love cutting fruit into shapes. It keeps the snacks clean but fun, for Valentine's I'll sneak in a cupcake or a brownie. 

Last but not least, our home wouldn't be fully decorated without a little banner. We used the leftover hearts from our classroom valentines and a little jute rope. Simple and sweet, just as it should be. 

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Thank you for reading, be sure to tag us in your DIY projects using the Hashtag #tessertraditions and be sure to let us know what you're working on in the comments below. 

- Megan xox

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(I purchased the cardstock and pencils from Michaels but if you are in a pinch for time Amazon has some similar products. )