I was inspired to make Valentine Pouches for my daughters’ second grade classes. I looked at ideas online and found one using a cereal box that looked promising, but upon closer inspection I realized that it wasn’t going to be very fun for a bunch of 2nd grade kids! And why bother do art if it’s not fun, right?
So here’s my own version of a cereal box Valentine Pouch. Enjoy!
Valentine Pouch Instructions
red and white paint
book paper or music paper
ruffled heart punch
1” circle punch
buttons (for center of flower)
brads (for center of flower
glue stick or elmer’s glue (I used Elmers)
Fold box down so it’s flat like this:
Trace a heart on the side without the flap.
I cut out the heart with the box folded up. This left a bit of a mess on the “flap side” but I just cut the rest off using the front heart as a guide.
Once the hearts were cut out, I used the leftover box for my paint tray and put down some red and white. I used a sponge to apply the paint
the following instructions are for the sewn version. If you prefer not to sew, you can simply tape the sides part-way up using masking tape. Be sure to paint AFTER you tape it.
Once the paint was dry, I poked holes around the bottom edges of the hearts. Be sure you do this while they’re together so that the holes line up. I used a pin and then embroidery floss only because I didn’t have a hole punch (one of the many things we sold at our craft sale that I regret selling!). Since I’ll be doing this with 2nd graders, I will use a hole punch and go down one side, up the other and tie on one side.
While the paint was drying, I spent some time making this flower:
I punched hearts using a scalloped edge heart punch. I folded them in half to give them dimension and then layered 6 of them to make a flower shape. I used Elmer’s glue between each one and gave it a lot of time to dry. (I think I will stick to glue sticks for the kids.) I put a piece of paper underneath all of the hearts so that it would be easier to move once it was dry.
For the center, I punched a circle out of patterned paper using a 1” circle punch. I had some leftover flowers that already had a brad in them so I “bradded” it all together.
I glued the flower to the front of the pouch using a glue stick.
Since I knew I was doing this with multiple children, I had them sponge paint a tag to go with their hearts. Once they were dry, I have them a black sharpie to write their names. Each pouch then had a lovely little label.
And this is what it looks like when it’s all glued together!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Valentine’s Pouch Making!