What to do with all of those classroom valentines? If your kid’s sentimental, tossing them may be tricky.
Some kids are born “savers.” They resist decluttering because they’re attached to the feelings or memories associated with the item in question. My daughter is a saver…she doesn’t even like it when I weed through her outgrown clothes.
But how do you respect a kid’s legitimate attachment to her stuff while keeping the clutter at bay?
In this case, you turn the clutter into a craft project with a little creative reuse.
Jill from Atlanta has shared her hacks with me for years. I feel like our kids have grown up together. Jill shared a simple project idea back in 2008:
It wasn’t until my house became littered with little Valentines that I remembered this trick. I had my kids gather up all the Valentine cards they’d received at school and make a collage with them on a piece of construction paper (front and back if needed).
Now I have only one paper per child and it can “disappear” in a few days without me finding cards under sofa cushions for weeks.
Heather’s hack originally appeared in 2007, and I think of it every year because it’s such a good idea.
As kids, my brother and I would take our stacks of valentines from our school parties and turn them into a holiday placemat by arranging them between two sheets of clear contact paper.
We did the same thing with our birthday cards. They made cheap and easy placemats, and my parents didn’t have to fight with us over throwing away our “special” cards (I wanted to save everything as a child).
My mom actually kept them all, and now my son is eating off of my old Valentines from the ’80s!
Decoupage is the art of decorating objects with paper cutouts. Think: small boxes, photo frames, anything, really. Classroom valentines are perfect decoupage fodder. All you need is a bottle of Mod Podge and some old paintbrushes. For a million ideas, check out the craft blog Mod Podge Rocks.
Valentine bookmarks or gift tags
Amy Wang, Family and Parenting reporter for The Oregonian, suggested making simple bookmarks and gift tags out of valentines. FOREHEAD SMACK. Of course! Rebecca wrote up a simple how to on her blog, Sturdy For Common Things.
Valentine collection box
Laurie shared her daughter’s crafty idea on the Minimalist Parenting Facebook page:
My 10 year-old had saved the last few years’-worth of valentines. This year, she used them to decorate her [collection] box for school. She taped them down then I covered the whole thing with packing tape.
How about you? Crafts or other reuses for old valentines! Any ideas or links?