Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY Valentines - Just the "Write" Stuff for Kids!

Here's a few "write-on" valentines to make this year. I made these with a few supplies and a little imagination... 
You're Just Write

This chalkboard and chalk set includes a roll of Rolos candy.  Here's how you make this one:

How to make the chalkboard:
  1. I used Tiki Hut cardstock and hand-drew wood lines to make the frame look like wood. A piece of Black Granite cardstock creates the chalkboard.
  2.  I sponged white pigment ink on the black before writing on it with our amazing white gel pens. Your kids could write the message to personalize with their hand-writing.
  3. Small rectangles of white cardstock make the faux chalk on the tray. 
How to make the chalk:
  1. Simply roll the Rolos candy in white cardstock and adhere edges. Add a small circle punched from white cardstock on each end cap to finish.
  2. A small glue dot attaches the chalkboard to the oversized chalk stick.
  3. See a list of all of the supplies used including links to them in our Idea Gallery.
 Write On, Valentine!


 A large roll of Sweet Tarts is the barrel of this over-sized pencil. Here's how to make this "write-on" valentine.

How to make the pencil:

  1. Roll the candy in Sun Porch cardstock. Adhere the edges to stay tight. 
  2. Attach a Hershey Kiss with silver foil at one end for the tip using a glue dot. I snipped off the "Kisses" label. 
  3. Crimp a long narrow strip of silver cardstock. Mine is 1-1/4" wide and approximately 2-1/2" long.
  4.  Attach the silver strip to a long strip of Red Delicious cardstock.
  5.  Attach the combined strips to the top of the pencil. Adhere a 7/8" Red Delicious circle to the top to cap it off.
How to make the message:
  1. Stamp the notebook paper image using Summer Sky Memento ink on Brighton Beach White cardstock.
  2. Using a ruler, draw a red line using a red pen or marker down the vertical,  punch holes in the circles and add slits to mimic a real sheet of notebook paper.  I also used a Copic C1 marker to shaded the edges. 
  3. Stamp additional words on the sheet such as "date," "to" and "from" from the sets, "Highly Confidential" and "Days Before Christmas" (to/from). 
  4. Attach the notebook paper message to the front of the pencil using a glue dot.
  5. See a list of all of the supplies used including links to them in our Idea Gallery.
 You've Got the Write Stuff

Our 1" X 8" clear bags work great for two colorful pencils from the the Hot Spot bins at Target. I can usually get 10 pencils for $1.00 at the store. The Dollar Store carries them, too.  I added a pre-cut Short Cut to the front and back of the bag of two pencils and attached with adhesive. For the front, I stamped it using the set, "Highly Confidential." The surrounding flowers were hand drawn doodles colored in using Copics. Our cute dotted ribbon that matches our cardstock was tied in a knot on each end. 

For a complete list of supplies used go to our Idea Gallery at www.RaisinBoat.com.

We've got more Valentine ideas to share in the next week or so. Stay tuned for more! If you got ones to share using your Raisin Boat sets, we'd love to see them!  Smiles, Bobbi 


  1. Wow! What great ideas! I almost wish I had school-aged grandchildren... ALMOST! ;) lol I might do something like this with a nephew or niece though. Awesome! :)

  2. What some great ideas, amazing!!