This creative idea grew from the same place many of my creative ideas currently come: necessity.
I know, boring boring. I haven’t been brooding in a coffee shop (though I’d like to some days) having fabulous creative ideas just come forth from nowhere. Nope, not right now. Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. Around our house, my limited energy has taken a very practical turn. How can I store my brooms and mops with no pantry? (Still working on that.) How can I label all of this food I’m freezing? And maybe, could it also be cute? (Blog post forthcoming! In the form of free printables, btw.) This week, I think I said “Oh SHOOT next week is Valentine’s Day and WHAT THE HECK am I gonna do for little dude’s classmates?”
More specifically, what are some of my little’s man’s favorite things?
Yogurt pops? Too messy.
Construction equipment? Nah, there are girls in his class.
Treats? Some that aren’t filled with sugar? Because I’ve been fighting the snots and losing all week. I don’t wish that upon other moms in the class.
Then it hit me.
Not sugar? Check.
And, I already had everything on hand? DOUBLE CHECK.
Naturally, I took to Pinterest to see if there were any super cute printables…
There weren’t. So, I made some. And I want to share them with you because I love all you busy mamas out there who really want to do something cute for your little buddies’ friends.
• this printable!
• white cardstock
• a good color printer (I actually sent these to Kinkos because my home printer isn’t so great for color)
• exacto knife
• A2 size cello bags without flap (I order mine here)
• (optional) a pair of little (germ free) helping hands! (I did not have these readily available at the time of this post.)
1. Print out this printable onto the white cardstock. Copy as many times as there are children in the class. (Don’t leave anyone out! That’s the worst.) (This printable is laid out two Valentines per page. So keep that in mind if you’re ordering from Kinkos, Staples or wherever.)
2. Using a straightedge and your exacto, trim along the crop marks. (Design school hint: don’t cut all the way to the edge of the page so that your crops stay intact for reference!) #allthefreetips
3. Fill the cello bags with the fish.
4. Eat a fish.
5. Eat a few more fish.
6. Give your little buddy some fish.
7. Wash your hands in between filling the bags so that you don’t leave fingerprints on them!
8. Fold the trimmed printable in half, lengthwise, and place over the opening of the cello bag.
9. Staple each end down.
10. Hand out to all the friends!
Want more Miss Wyolene-y Valenteen-y treats? Check out this post for another super cute DIY! (Just a friendly reminder not to sell this or any other project you see here in Miss Wyolene, since it’s all under my copyright.)
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