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Be Mine! Inexpensive, Creative Valentine Options for the Whole Family

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4. Sounds of Love

Many craft stores and home improvement centers stock a bevy of do-it-yourself wind chime supplies. You can purchase a small, plastic gardening pot, fishing line and modeling clay that is baked in the oven (with adult supervision) after it is formed into the desired shape. Your kids can make different-sized hearts or spell the word love to paint and add to the chime.

Turn a pot that your kids decorated with phrases of love or drawings upside down and drill a few small holes into the sides and one at the top. Tying the fishing line to bells, homemade chimes or shells creates a delightful valentine that grandparents and extended family members will love to listen to.

4.The King and Queen of Hearts

Use craft foam, card stock or construction paper to make crowns for your family. Fashion "gems" (purchased at discount or craft centers) with sayings of love and royal names such as "Sir Zachary – King of Hearts" onto the crowns. Your family can enjoy a light-hearted evening together showing off your newest head gear.

4.Puppy Love

Children love acknowledging their pets during the holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception. One of the best gifts your children can give their beloved family pet is good health and safety. Virtually every local pet supply center has easy-to-use machines that create pet tags in approximately five minutes. Taking the time to update your family pet's information and etching it onto a heart-shaped tag gives everyone peace of mind.

While you're there, your child can select an inexpensive red collar to match the tag he helped create. Another option is to use scraps of themed fabric cut into a large triangle to make a quick new bandana for your furry friend. Remember that small children may require assistance when putting the bandana on your dog to avoid injury to your child and your pet.


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