DIY Pencil Valentines: Heart of Gold

Today, we’re talking valentines! As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about those classroom valentines. These pencil valentines are a super cute, non-candy, valentine treat that your kids and their classmates are sure to love!

I picked up these pencils in the Target Dollar Spot. Although they had valentine themed pencils, I opted for these bright, fun patterns — perfect for boys or girls.

I inserted one pencil into a 1″ x 8″ cello bag which can be purchased at Clear Bags. Then I added the fun gold heart topper.

To make the toppers:

  • Start with a 12″ x 12″ sheet of black cardstock.
  • Cut it into 4″ strips and scored the strips down the center (at 2″).
  • Cut the strips into 2″ x 4″ sections with the score down the middle.
  • Fold the scored cardstock pieces over the top of the cello bag and attach with a staple.

TIP: Use a small craft hammer to flatten the staple so there are no sharp edges to poke through the embellishments or to cut little fingers.

TIP: To make this project is essential that you have a paper cutter and scoring board. If you only do light crafting this combo paper cutter/scorer is inexpensive and will do the job perfectly! (We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score)


Now it’s time to decorate. I cut 1 3/4″ squares of Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock in colors that coordinated with my pencils and attached them to the toppers (covering the staple). Then I punched out gold hearts and attached them to the toppers with dimensional dots.

To finish off the toppers you can add a cute sentiment to the back. Simply use your word processing program and set up a table 6 x 4 with 1.75″ cells. Type your sentiment in the cells, print and cut.

For these valentines, I think the sentiment “You have a HEART of gold!” is perfect! If you’d like, you can download the PDF file with this sentiment. It has 24 sentiment squares with a place for your child to write their name. Just cut  it into 1.75″ squares and attach to the back of your toppers.

Download:  Pencil Valentine Sentiment cut squares 1.75


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Happy Crafting!


September Paper Pumpkin – Alternate Project

SU Sept Paper Pumpkin Alt Project

Tiny Treat Boxes

As promised, here are the tiny treat boxes I gave you a sneak peek of yesterday.

I used the stamps in my September Paper Pumpkin kit and the Note Card Punch to make the adorable tags. The Tiny Treat Boxes are in the current catalog and measure just 2″ x 2″ — the perfect size for a few Hershey’s Kisses.

Decorate the Boxes

Before assembling the boxes (basically just unfolding them) I attached pieces of Designer Series Paper cut in 1 3/4″ squares — you will need 5 of them. After attaching the squares to the box I used the 3/4″ circle punch to notch out the paper on the front of the box to match the notch in the treat box. The 3/4″ circle is the perfect size for this.

Stampin Up Tiny Treat Box

Fall Themed Designer Series Paper

I used some retired Designer Series Paper that I purchased off of the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack some months ago. It was a great deal and I bought several packs so I couldn’t justify buying more Halloween paper until I used this up. Anyway, this project would look great using either Into the Woods DSP or Happy Haunting DSP from the current Holiday Mini Catalog.

Woods & Haunting DSP

Stampin’ Up! supplies used to create today’s project:

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Happy Crafting!

Candy Free Halloween Treat

Looking for a non-candy Halloween treat? These Halloween pencil favors are super cute and easy to make!
  • Insert a Halloween pencil into a Stampin’ Up! 1 x 8″ cello bag. The 1 x 8″ bags are the perfect size to hold either M&M’s or a pencil. I bought a pack of 12 pencils at the Dollar Store.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 2″ x 4″ and score and fold in half. (folded size 2″ x 2″)
  • Staple over the top of the cello bag as the topper.
  • Decorate…I used the Good Greetings stamp set and the Fall Fest Bundle to embellish my toppers.
Use a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker to draw a face on the ghost and to add little dots on the sentiment tags.
Stampin’ Up! supplies used to create today’s project:
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Happy Crafting!