I was all set to do something store-bought this year. The kids and I have colds. We are up to our armpits in mystery tissue and laundry. The house reeks of vomit and Vicks. The last thing on my to-do list was that other v-word:
Particularly of the homemade variety. And, yet, late last night as I was contemplating what Liv would take to her little party this afternoon (thankfully, she is well enough to go today), it somehow seemed easier to *make* something with what we had on hand than to drag my worn-out, red-nosed, bra-less self all...the...way...to...Target.
In the cold.
So I made bracelets. Here's what I used:
- Cotton tape
- Vintage heart buttons
- Sew-on snaps
- Fray Check
- Needle + thread
As far as last-minute projects go, it did help that I only had to make two of them. (Yay for homeschooling!) But these could easily be adapted for mass-assembly for a group of classmates. If I'd had stick-on Velcro in the house, I would have used that instead of the snaps. Also, for an entirely no-sew version, you could bag the buttons and decorate the bracelets with Valentine's Day-themed stamps instead. (Xs and Os could be cute. Or something manlier for the dudes, but I am too hopped up on menthol right now to think of something clever. ) In fact, make those two adjustments and you have a quick and simple craft that a lot of school-aged kids can make pretty much by themselves.
I'm all for that.
Speaking of getting the kids involved, Liv helped with the packaging this morning. I love her handwriting, don't you?