By contributing writer Colleen
Even though we homeschool, my kids love passing treats, letters, and little gifts out to friends and family. They especially love to give out Valentines.
I have to admit that I’m not usually good about making fun Valentine’s Day crafts with them. Oh, I check out all the fun ideas on Pinterest and dream of a cozy afternoon making a bunch of sweet giveaways for friends and family. And then I realize it’s the night before Valentine’s Day, and I jump in the car and head to CVS to pick up a few last-minute boxes of tear apart cards and some candy.
This year, like so many others, we’ve caught the rubber band bracelet bug, and after making hundreds to send with a sweet friend to Ecuador to pass out on a trip with Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child, I thought we could keep the momentum going and make rubber band bracelets for Valentine’s Day, too.
If you don’t have a loom, the bracelets are easy to make with two fingers or two pencils. The bands are inexpensive (but get everywhere — you’ve been warned) and come in so many fun colors and styles. Here are some simple tutorials:
- From Teach Mama
- From Artzy Creations
For these super fun, and super cute Valentines, I had my kids make a bunch of bracelets.
Then I created a little printable to print onto card stock.
Download the printable here or click on the image to download a copy.
We cut the circles with scissors at first, but soon switched to a 1 inch circle punch leftover from my scrapbooking days. We punched a small hole towards the bottom of the circle and threaded a bracelet through each one.
I think they came out adorable! My kids are so excited to pass these out to friends at our homeschool coop in February.
What do you think? Is this a simple enough idea to try with your kiddos?
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