Have you ever thought of up-cycling your ordinary food packaging into fun Valentine’s cards?
Love is in the air!
Shall we have some fun with the love bug?
Kids love to draw love hearts, and are constantly asking me to draw one for them when we have free play in class!
Any clues here? red hearts, cute cuddly toys, balloons, bubbly, chocolates……..give up?
LOVE AND KISSES!
Yes, it’s love week coming up, and it’s Valentine’s day!!!!
Don’t tell me you haven’t seen all the spectacular displays dotted around the stores.
An array of red love hearts and anything that has any significance with the love bug?
So in this post, I will show you some ‘Fun Valentine craft ideas’ using your recycled packaging!
CHECKOUT YOUR THROW-OUTS!
I dived into my recycling bag to find some useful packaging and I came across some food containers that I thought would be just the ticket!
So I am going to make Valentine’s cards, using the images from the food packaging, and have some fun matching up messages inside the card, that complement the image on the front of the card.
PLAY ON WORDS!
For example, use the image of an empty packet of nuts, and add a few elements to it to make it a little bit more personal, and within the card have a message that reads, ‘I AM NUTS ABOUT YOU!’
or ‘I GO CRACKERS FOR YOU’ again using the image of an empty cracker box.
Do you get the picture?
WHAT ABOUT HEARTS?
What do hearts symbolize? well, they are considered the source of emotion, desire, wisdom, romance, and love.
Where stories of the heart (simile), are featured in romantic films, and tv dramas, falling in love, heart-felt scenes tear-jerkers, and more.
TREAT YOUR LOVED ONE!
Gifting linking to valentines day has also become a popular way to give your loved one more than just a card, but some irresistible box of chocolates!
Romancing your way to capturing your true love, what better way to offer something of scrumptious like Valentine’s box of chocolates?
Here is a short video on how chocolates got involved with Valentine’s day, offered within a heart-shaped box!
So Cadburys got their act together and went further to provide scrumptious chocs, especially for a celebrated occasion!
Not just Cadbourys provide fun Valentine’s chocolates, but chocolates on the whole from different manufacturers for this recognized romantic day, also sell well, something for their ‘sweetheart!’
So in essence, chocolate packaging has been designed around Valentine’s day and presented in eye-catching packaging with ribbons and bows, and complimentary colours that makes super loved ones gifts!
Valentine’s day and love is a yakky subject for kids, but mentioning making a lovey-dovey card for someone special, like Mum, Dad, Gran, Grandad, Aunty or friend would raise an eyebrow!
This is where it gets fun, make it a bit more creative, but take what is already around us, and put a twist on it.
LOOK AROUND FOR IDEAS!
Have a good look around and try to find what’s within your recycle bag, but also hold on to what’s within your cupboards so if it would make a good Valentine’s subject save it!
GATHER YOUR RESOURCES!
I found some great food packaging that would work well using the images on the front of the containers, associating them with ‘love’ and I put together some simple cute fun valentine craft ideas.
ARE YOU READY?
This is what I pulled out of my recycling bag, general food packaging, like pizza, cake, and savoury containers a collection of possibles, that would work well around Valentine’s theme.
Coloured A4 cards/Envelopes.
Double-sided tape/Glue stick/Pencil/Rubber.
Large/small pointed scissors.
Red/Black felt-tip pens.
Metal ruler/Cutting board.
Large/small googly eyes.
Paper love heart shapes.
LET’S GET GOING!
VALENTINE CARDS WITH MESSAGES!
Below are the finished Valentine’s cards with these types of messages you can have inside each card.
I improvised and added features of hands and legs for added effect, to cover unnecessary graphics, and arranged images on a folded A4 coloured card that aligns with the message inside.
Same card with hands. They will hold the card upright, with the same message.
WE ARE PIZZA LOVERS!
I GO CRACKERS FOR YOU!
I CAN EAT YOU ALL UP!
YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE!
ABOUT THE LAST TWO CARDS!
For these last two cards, I have cut and rearranged part of the image.
With the cake, I had to shuffle sections around to make a whole cake and removed bits with text to make an image that works with the intention I had.
The apple image was much more straightforward, simply cut it out and decorate around it.
DECIDE WHAT PACKAGING!
- When you find your food packaging decide how you can use the images for Valentine’s cards.
USE A4 FOLDED CARD!
- Make sure the image that you can use fits on an A4 folded card.
- Remove branded names or cover them up with features, or body parts, using coloured bits of another package, like red card to make lips, legs and arms.
LARGE GOOGLY EYES!
- The googly eyes can be used to cover up text and enhance the image.
- To make an image 3D cut out the same shape of an image, (as shown with the pizza card), and a thicker brown packaging card to elevate the image, thus making it stand out more from the image behind it.
I hope my examples give you an idea of what you can make from your recycled packaging.