My daughter and I put our heads together to determine what gift she'd like to give to her class for Valentine's Day this year. The school discourages us from bringing in candy. As a result, each year we try to think of something inexpensive, crafty, and fun. How excited was I to learn that we already had everything we needed in the house to make Valentine Day Magnets!
These magnets were SO easy to make, especially for kids. Equally as important is the total amount of money necessary for this project is as low as less than $5.
- 2 c flour
- 1 c salt
- 1 c water
- Cookie cutter
- Food coloring (optional)
- Stamps/Ink (optional)
- Rolling pin
- Cute assistant
- Heat oven to 250 degrees.
- Mix flour, salt, water to make dough…we used coloring to make half of our magnets a light shade of pink.
- Roll out dough on a floured surface.
- Use cookie cutter to cut out shape.
- Place on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 2 hours, flipping after an hour.
- Allow them to cool.
This easy craft idea took us about an hour. It takes a lot of preparation prior, especially if you're using stamp/ink to decorate the dough. Tip: When using stamp/ink, be sure to stamp swiftly before the dough begins to harden. Also, you have the option of baking at the lowest temperature for 2 hours, ensuring you turn/flip each hour. If you do not want to bake, there is the option to let it air dry for 3 days before applying the magnet.
These magnets are small, doesn't take up much space and easily portable. We used a cute Valentine's Day metal tin (purchased from the dollar store) to transport the magnets to school. An inexpensive, cute and crafty Valentine's Day gift.
What do you think? What are your kids doing for Valentine's Day this year? I'd love to know, leave a message below.