Looking for a cute, edible, non-candy, mass-producible Valentine idea? Try this!
[Note: I realize this is a bit late for this year's Valentine's Day, but I didn't want to spoil the surprise for our valentine recipients. Besides, this idea is not limited to Valentine's Day. It would make a fun treat for any number of situations: lunchboxes, picnics, classroom birthday treats, birthday party favors and more!]
When our homeschool co-op of about 30 kids decided to do a valentine exchange, I knew we wanted to do something original.
- More than just a paper valentine
- Cute, but simple (Preferably using supplies we already had on hand)
- Edible, but no candy!
I searched and searched online, but couldn’t find just what I was looking for. So I made my own.
The result is a combination of several ideas.* It’s not super-fancy, but the valentines are cute and original. (You could go all pinterest and jazz it up with ribbon, etc., if desired.) Best of all, they’re a gluten-free, sugar-free, wholesome valentine treat!
You will need:
**This looks like a complicated list, but we actually had everything on hand, except the grapes.
**All the supplies (except the grapes ) should be available at any craft store, like Michaels or JoAnn.
- Free, printable pdf file (8 bag-toppers per sheet): You’re grape! Valentine bag toppers
- 8.5×11 cardstock (We used ivory).
- Purple ink pad, preferably washable
- 1 child’s finger tip (or 1 adult pinky tip)
- Fine-tipped black marker, to draw stem, leaf outline and face
- Fine-tipped green marker to color in leaf
- Optional: to/from labels (We used Avery 8160 mailing labels, 30 per sheet)
- 4″ wide cellophane bags (like these)–They don’t need to be very tall, but they do need to be 4″ wide in order to fit the bag-toppers.
- Stapler (& staples)
- Print your bag-toppers. You may want to print a test sheet on regular paper. You may even want to try printing one or two grapes on this paper, before starting on your nice cardstock.
- Cut bag-toppers apart. I recommend a paper cutter, as opposed to scissors, for nice, straight lines. (And you can cut several sheets at a time.)
- Using a small finger tip, make one “finger-print-grape” on each topper. Be sure to position each “grape” with enough room for the stem and leaf. I recommend folding at least one topper to see where the crease will land.
- Allow ink to dry, then draw on stem, leaf and face.
- Color in the leaves.
- Allow marker ink to dry.
- Carefully fold each topper in half, to fit on top of the cellophane bags.
- Optional: Print to/from labels, and add recipients’ names.
- Place one label on the back of each bag-topper.
- Wash and dry enough grapes to place about 10 in each bag.
- Place grapes in each bag.
- Trim excess from tops of bags. I wanted my toppers to sit just above the grapes, so we had to trim quite a bit from the top of each bag. Be sure to leave enough room to fold bags over once. The folded overlap should be about the size of your bag-topper. (The topper will hide the folded part). To speed things up, I cut 3-5 bags at a time.
- Place toppers over the folded top of each bag, securing with one staple.
- That’s it! Distribute and enjoy.