Do you remember being back in middle school? I do, and I distinctly recall the
obligatory gift you had to make for every single possible “friend” you had. Even Valentine’s day! Or was this just some self-imposed thing? Anyway, it was cute back in elementary school.
I liked the idea until every February 13, when I frantically threw together little nicknacks the night before to show my friends (please refer to definition below) how much I cared for them. Because I did care for them! And it was fun putting them together! And… because it’s not true affection if they don’t get anything from you on that one day in the year, right? *N.A.S.S.* (Not A Serious Statement)
My middle-school definition of “friend”
Friend- (noun) someone who 1) will stick with you through thick and thin 2) is an acquaintance 3) may be someone who may become your 1) or 2) someday
*aka every person on the little blue marble called Earth*
(I think my definition back then was a bit haphazard)
So anyway, I thought I could make thinking and planning a little easier (and cheaper!) with three simple ways to make those preparations sweeter (hehe) and more enjoyable so you can reflect and be thankful for the love in your life rather than being like me back then!
Step 1: Get a variety of candies (preferably in bulk/on sale)
Step 2: Separate them into cute little sets
Step 3: Prepare all the materials!
Tissue paper? check
Twine & ribbon? check
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Take one stacked set
Step 2: Turn it upside down in the middle of about two feet of twine
Step 3: Cross the ends over the candies like so
Step 4: Then cross the ends in an “x” shape (in this case, turn each piece clockwise 90 degrees) so that the twine is touching all four corners.
It looks like this
Step 5: Flip it over!
Step 6: Tie a bow! Secure with a double knot, if you so desire
Step 1: Spread one sheet of tissue paper out fully and cut it in h
Step 2: Place candies in the center of one half of the tissue paper (we only need half of one sheet for this method)
Step 3: Fold the ends over and secure it with tape
Step 4: Scrunch the ends gently (don’t tear the paper!) like so and cross them
Step 5: Tie with a ribbon, and you’re done!
Step 1: Place the set face down in the middle of the second half of tissue paper and fold over the ends. Secure.
Step 2: Scrunch both ends and make it look like an old-fashioned candy! Mmm
Step 3: Tie with ribbons on both sides, and you’re done! Too easy, right? But oh, so cute!
But our work is not yet finished! As the saying goes,
“A job half-done is… no bueno.”
(Yes, I made it up on a whim. No, it’s not a legit proverb.Possibly a variation?)
I digress from digressing.
Now, onto the cards! I chose three varieties here, just to tickle your fancy.
Prerequisite: Obtain a card (or three in my case) to give to people!
P.S. Prerequisite: Get things to decorate with!
You can choose “normal” valentine colors….
Or use a hodgepodge of lovely colors!
Project: Decorate! (excuse the corniness of the valentine message; make it your own!)
The final steps: put them all together!
See, wasn’t that easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy?
And it’s unanimous!
I hope you had fun, and have a lovely day!
Happy Valentine’s day (or any other special day)!