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DIY Eco-Friendly Valentines

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Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. My three kids have lots of classmates and teachers who need cards, so my dining room table is swimming in red paper, markers, crayons and stickers. In the past, I have succumbed to the tantalizing Valentine’s decorations in the stationary store window by either buying the very uneco-friendly cards, or picking up papers, glues, and stickers before checking what I had at home. This year, in an attempt to be more scrappy in my approach to Valentine-making, I vowed to make cards using only what we already had in our arts and craft cabinet.

In addition to the basic card making with paper hearts and glitter glue, I found two Valentines craft projects that use broken crayon bits. The first project turns your old bits into colorful heart-shaped crayons. Silicone heart molds work best if you have them—I used heart-shaped cookie cutters, and the melted crayons oozed out of the bottom a bit. (Though they still turned out OK.)

The second project, which involves melting crayon shavings into thin wax hearts, was more successful but a little more time- consuming. My kids abandoned me while I was “sharpening” the broken crayons to turn them into shavings but came back to watch me iron the shavings in between the wax paper. I guess that was more interesting.

I also found this video on making pop-up cards that I might try this weekend. It looks amazing, and I love the idea of using up old magazines.

Do you have your own eco-friendly DIY projects? I still have a few more days, so new ideas are welcome!

Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.

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