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See how the team at Little creates their own unique Valentine's Day Cards.

Today's Valentine DIY comes from Krista, our Inventory Manager. See this sweet idea she + her daughter came up with.

Being the mom of a 5-year-old in kindergarten, I knew we would probably end up making Valentines for her classmates. Having a 2-year-old in the house, I also knew that whatever we decided to make would take about twice as long with our crafting sessions revolving around naptimes + bedtime. After some serious searching, we found these gorgeous paper flowers with a candy stem that looked super easy to make + could be done in steps. A perfect match for crafting with a curious toddler in the house. And even more perfect when I heard we would be doing this Valentine's Day project at work. I simply doubled up on everything so Ella + I would both have Valentines for our friends!

Step one was collecting the materials we would need. Some were in the house + others we had to buy, like all of the great MT Washi Tape from Little!

-white basket coffee filters
-food dye
-washi tape
-scissors
-smarties candies
-paper
-markers, crayons or any other art supplies
-a bowl for the dye bath
-a plate or cookie sheet to dry the flowers

Step two was the most fun for Ella. We got a bowl + filled it with about 1/2 cup of water + then starting adding food dye until we got a color we liked. You then take a paper filter or two, scrunch it up, + dip the ends into the dye bath. Don't dip too long or deep or the filter will soak up too much dye + take an extra long time to dry. Continue until you have done as many as you'd like. Keep in mind you will need two dyed filters per finished flower. When you are finished let the filters dry overnight on a cookie sheet or plate. In our case, we spent a couple of days dying the filters in multiple batches. We also let the filters dry over a week as we got sidetracked with various school activities.

Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee Filter Flowers

Step three is to make the flowers. Take two filters + scrunch them up together from the bottom. We spread out our filters + mixed + matched to get interesting combinations. Then you take washi tape + wind it around the bottom to secure the blooms in place.

Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee Filter Flowers

Step four is adding on the smartie stems. You take a package of smarties + tape it onto the bottom of the flower winding the tape down + around to the bottom. It takes a little practice + sometimes you have to add a little extra tape at the top.

Coffee Filter Flowers

Step five is to cut out paper leaves, write a message + then tape the leaf onto the stem. We did not have a lot of paper options at the house so we used lined notebook paper and colored it in with crayons. This is the step where you could get extra fancy with papers + writing. We kept ours simple + to the point.

Coffee Filter Flowers

And that's it! Now you are done + have the cutest handmade paper flower + candy valentines ever!

Coffee Filter Flowers

P.S. If you do happen to have a toddler in the house, I recommend you keep the materials well hidden. As we found out, food dye, washi tape + toddlers don't mix!

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