I hope everyone has a delightful Valentine’s Day today. Try not to overindulge in the chocolate! When looking for an easy Valentine card/craft, I didn’t have to look further than the FamilyFun site. I’ve used it before and will definitely visit again.
As soon as I saw the elephants, I knew we had to do it. My daughter is 9, so I figured what better way to try to be gender neutral, cool, and avoid stepping on anyone’s crush than to give out elephants? Plus, the whole memory-filled pachyderm imagery is right up my funky daughter’s alley.
If you want to give it a go next year, or maybe some other occasion might arise when it would come in handy (think birthday cards, invitations, reminders), find the instructions here.
Some advice from our experience:
- Print and cut out the template from cardstock. Then, fold it in half. Fold an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock in half. Align the top folds, then draw the outline. We found we could cut two at a time.
- As for the heart ears, think long hearts. Not all our tips came down far as tusks, but this also depends on how you make the slits. Once you get a heart that works, use that as your template. We don’t have Color-Aid paper, so we used more cardstock. Fold a sheet into quarters and outline two. Quickly get eight hearts from two cut-outs. (We were making 36 oliphaunts, which requires 72 hearts, so we tried to save time.)
- When it came time to make the slits, I had thickly cut out the line on the template. I used a pen to mark the line on the subsequent elephants. On a cutting mat (or in my case, scrap paper), use a craft knife to cut the line. It will cut through both sides if you press hard enough.
- We put the little packages of conversation hearts inside, using tape.
- I used the extra strong glue stick variety to glue the trunks together.
- Yes, they are standing with the candy inside.
Maybe next year this experience will remind me why you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to do a project!
Feel free to share your favorite crafty links with me, or if you would like to see a project done, let me know!