I’m getting ready to head to San Diego later today. I’m going to a photography workshop and I have been looking forward to it for months. I’m also looking forward to getting away from the winter weather for a little while. I love snow. I love being cold. But after 7 snow days in a row, I’m feeling a little cooped up. And looking forward to some adult conversation.
While the kids were home over the snow days, we did a lot of baking (so. many. cookies.), reading, and crafts. Since Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, I thought I would show you some of the things we made. (I made these for Dixie Crystals and the Pinhole Press blog, so click over for full instructions and materials.)
We found some inexpensive jars at the craft store and shopped our cabinets for clean glass container to make these cute Valentine’s Treat Jars. This is a great activity to shop your craft drawer as well. Ribbon, paper hearts, glitter, sequins, doilies, anything goes. As long as it is red, pink, or Valentine-y, it will work. I am still finding red glitter all over my kitchen, but it was worth it.
We made sweet marshmallow cereal necklaces. The kids picked a pattern out and strung their necklaces. We dipped a homemade marshmallow in white chocolate and decorated with sprinkles. Craft and snack all in one.
About 30 seconds before he bit the marshmallow off of his necklace.
Of all of the crafts that we have done lately, this was by far my favorite, Stained Glass Tissue Paper Hearts. This project is great for little hands, but my older children loved this too. I love how they look in my windows, but I really loved that we sat around the table and had some great conversation while making these. This craft can be done in stages for younger kids.
We loved this project so much that we made a tissue glass Saturn for my daughter’s science fair project. It was a perfect way to show Saturn’s rings. I wish that I took a picture to show you.
I made these Valentine Oatmeal Chip Cookies for Pinhole Press. I think that these might be my favorite cookie. I think that they taste better the next day. But they usually don’t stick around that long.
You can click to find all of the recipes materials and instructions here: