This time of year is always a little more chaotic if you have kiddies in school. With the parties and festivities there is a little more work to be done. Valentines Day is always a little more challenging if you have boys because all things pink, purple and red aren’t exactly screaming to those of the mud and worm loving variety. So every year I try to find something fun, boy approved and most of all easy to put together. My boys are obsessed with superheroes (as am I) and so this was a no brainer.
The boxes were super easy and took about 30 minutes for both. I used some of our shipping boxes and taped both ends shut. You can use any size box that you have lying around or anything that would be more appropriately sized for your needs.
I cut a slit in the top of the box for the valentines to be inserted into.
Next, with the boys’ help, we covered the boxes in the corresponding superheroes colored duct tape. There is really no science to this just get it on there and try to make it as smooth as you can. After that you simply hot glue the logo and your child’s name if you so wish. I hot glued these but you could easily use school glue or craft glue. (I got the logos online and designed the child’s names on Microsoft Word) Easy Peasy!
Lastly, we attached a felt piece to the top (again using hot glue) and voila! Now the cape kind of just hangs there but if you wanted it to be more stiff and stand out you could likely glue a piece of card stock to the bottom to make it more hard. I just know my kids would likely knock it on everything as they walk down the hallway so I left theirs hanging like this.
No project is complete without coordinating valentines to hand out to their friends. I stumbled upon these awesome free printables quite by accident and I’m so glad I did. They were exactly what I was looking for and saved me a whole lot of trouble designing my own stuff. And did I mention they are free?!?! Hooray!
Here is what you need to complete these valentines:
Felt (we used black, red, yellow and blue –on average we got about 6 capes per sheet)
Cape template (design your own, freehand it or just find one online)
The steps are simple. We cut out all the capes while the kids matched which capes they wanted with which suckers.
Then we cut out the logos and sayings from our printables using my 2″ craft hole punch, however you can just use scissors if you wish.
While I hot glued the logos to the back of the capes the boys wrote their friends’ names on the back of the corresponding ‘saying’ card.
We then hole punched the felt, inserted sucker, tied a ribbon, and then slipped on the saying.
That’s it! All done!
Easy, simple, fun and the boys were super happy with how they turned out….as am I. They got to do quite a few of the steps which was awesome since they hate doing crafts that “mostly mom does all the steps.” Lame, right?
Have a great Valentines Day and hope it’s as full of love as it supposed to be!!