Jolly Lolly Valentines
When I was growing up, we would never have dreamed of making homemade valentines. We ran down to the grocery store and grabbed a package of Popples and Star Wars cards. My brother and I would pick out the best ones to give to our best friends, teachers and secret crushes first and then we’d fly through the rest, scrawling our name on the bottom of each.
Ahh, Brian P. You always got my best Popple and my best penmanship.
We’ve become a crafty society now, though. And I think our kids are reaping the benefits. Not because they necessarily value things made with construction paper, scissors and glue more than mass-produced images of cartoon characters, but because they get to get their hands dirty creating something with Mom or Dad.
There’s a lot of joy in that.
A lot of markers staining hands and t-shirts.
A lot of scraps of paper and foam on my kitchen floor, sticking to the drips of maple syrup from breakfast.
A lot of candy being consumed on the sly.
But a lot of joy.
We set out yesterday to make our valentines, finding the directions to make Jolly Lollies on Family Fun.com (at the suggestion of reader Heather).
- 2 pieces of red foam
- 2 pieces of brown foam
- strips of white paper (we cut index cards into 1×3 inch strips)
- a pen
- a pencil
- a tiny hole punch or sharp knife
- Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops (these are all natural down to using black carrots and pumpkin for the coloring and they come in awesome flavors like Pomegranate Pucker and Mango Tango)
We first determined how many boys and girls were in each of the girls’ classes, using their respective class lists.
This is a crucial step because “Rowan,” “Bailey” and “Riley” could go either way and you don’t want to give a girl a mustache. Trust me, I know.
Next, we traced lips on the red foam and mustaches on the brown foam.
Next, came the cutting. Lots and lots of cutting.
Meanwhile, the girls wrote the names of their classmates on the strips of white paper.
Pea Daddy carefully punched holes in each of the foam pieces, and then we inserted a lollipop in each.
But you don’t get the full effect until you actually eat the lollipop.
Foxy ladies. That’s another one for the wedding reception slideshow right there.
We then taped on the little tags the girls had filled out.
Which left nothing left to do but cleanup.
And by “cleanup,” I mean do ridiculous things with the scraps.
Like make crowns.
And turn ourselves into Angry Birds.
I’m so glad we made our own valentines.
And I’m so glad I’m the one with the camera.
There’s a lot of joy in that too.