Monday, February 13, 2012

A Dino-mite Valentine

I had really hoped to post this project before Valentine's day, but I didn't get around to finishing it until Sunday night.

Let me preface this post with the following. My son is 4, he barely understands what Valentines Day is, and all he cares about is candy. I don't know why I have to be a crafty overachiever. The effort will be lost on him and all of his classmates. Despite all of THIS, I spent more than 4 hours making 18 valentines for his preschool class. I am probably one of those people that she wants to punch in the throat. Perhaps this is my attempt to over compensate for my limited baking skills. Regardless, I made 18 dynamite stick shaped valentines. Each one containing a toy dinosuar, a note that reads "Valentine, I think you are Dino-mite" and a Hershey kiss.

If you make your own I promise it will not take that long. Part of the 4 hour process was taken up by design and assembly trial and error.

If you decide to make your own you will need:
- red poster board (1 sheet per every 10)
- black pipe cleaners
- yellow card stock
- black electrical tape
- double sided tape
- hot glue
- small hole punch
- 1 empty paper towel or toilet paper tube
- little dinos and other contents

STEP 1: Decide how long you want your "dino-mite" stick to be. Mine were roughly the same length as a toilet paper tube. Cut a strip of the poster board (along the long side) that is the same width as your "dino-mite" length. divide and cut that strip into four equally sized rectangles (approximately 4"H X 7"L).

STEP 2: attach a strip of double sided tape along one of the short sides. My paper was red on one side and green on the other. I attached my tape to the green side of the paper.

STEP 3: Using the paper towel roll as a guide,  roll up your rectangle. As you complete the roll the tape will stick and the roll will be sealed. When you slide out the paper towel roll you will be left with a construction paper tube that  has approximately the same diameter.

STEP 4: Trace one of the ends of the paper towel tube on the "green side" of the poster board. Repeat. Use a compass to draw another circle that is approximately 2 centimeters larger in diameter than the  first circle. Cut out 2 circles (cut line will be on the exterior circle).

STEP 5: Cut little slits from the exterior circle to the interior circle line. fold slits inward (toward the green) Your circle should be looking like a little cap. To make the cap less bulky you can snip off every other tab.

STEP 6: Using a small hole punch, punch a hole in the center of one of the caps. Cut a 3 inch piece of pipe cleaner and thread it through the hole in the cap. I kept my pipe cleaner in place by bending a little section of it at the end and hot gluing it to the inside of the paper cap.

STEP 7: Attach the bottom cap (the one without pipe cleaner sticking out of it) to the bottom of the poster board roll with electrical tape and fill the stick of "dino-mite" with desired contents. Attached the top cap in the same manner.

STEP 8: Use yellow paper to create fuse sparks - I free-handed these. I cut out two for each stick and used hot glue to sandwich them around the top of the exposed pipe cleaner. Full disclosure, mine contain no text, I added when I edited the photo.

In theory, the "dino-mite" valentines should rip apart when kids pull on the yellow spark. Did anyone else go little overboard for their kid's class this year? Please tell me I am not alone...

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