As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, I know many of you are helping your little Cupids craft handmade Valentines for their classmates and friends. Whether you’re a teacher or crafty room mom, we have gathered up a few classroom Valentine party ideas for you.
Decorate the classroom entryway with this lovely door décor. Each student can decorate their own heart to hang.
Decorate a cute mailbox for your Valentines! These boxes come with a pre-cut slot so all you need to do is add tape, stickers, doodles & a little love!
Foam Heart Bear
Of course we need a fun craft for the kids! This foam heart project is the perfect way to say “I Love You Beary Much”.
Dress up simple kraft bags with doilies, felt hearts & a doodle. Fill them up with treats or even fun finds like erasers, stickers & little toys.
Don’t forget about the teacher! Show her how much you care with this sweet mason jar gift. I am sure we all agree that she could use a relaxing soak in the tub!
No party is complete with out some sweet treats! Valentine paper liners & picks make these cupcakes just a bit more sweet. If you’re in a pinch, you can add these glittery heart picks to store-bought cupcakes for that extra touch of love.
Are you crafting for the classroom this Valentine’s Day? Share your projects with us on Instagram & Pinterest using #MadeWithMichaels!
Whether using store-bought cookies, take-n-bake or homemade cookies, you can dress them up with easy-melting Candy Melts® candy by Wilton®. You don’t have to worry about clumping and burning, like you would with regular chocolate. Candy Melts Candy comes in tons of vibrant colors and limited edition Christmas flavors too!
Use Candy Melts Candy to Dress up Christmas Cookies
- Melt candy and dip half, or your entire cookie for instant color.
- You can add interest with sprinkles, while the candy is still wet.
- Drizzle Candy Melts candy back and forth for a ribbon-like effect.
- Draw a unique design, or try something simple like a sprig of holly.
Visit Wilton.com for instructions on how to add detailed drizzles to your Christmas cookies.
The holidays can be hectic, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on baking holiday cookies that look and taste great. Use pre-made, slice and bake cookie dough with these three easy Christmas Cookie techniques:
1. Use Wilton ColorMist™ Food Color Spray to add a pop of Christmas color using Green Color Mist, Red Color Mist and Gold Color Mist Food Color Spray.
2. Roll your cookie dough log in colored Christmas sprinkles or decorating sugar and then wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours before baking so sprinkles or sugar stays put. Slice and bake.
3. Bake, brush cooled cookie with piping gel. Sprinkle colored sugar on top.
Go ahead… we won’t tell anyone they weren’t homemade!
More than just a traditional icon of Christmas, the candy cane has many uses! You can use candy canes as an inexpensive and unexpected way to decorate Christmas treats and even décor. Add holiday cheer to just about anything. Here are a few tips from our crafty friends at Wilton®:
1. Break into small pieces and use as sprinkles on cookies
2. Add them to hot drinks and use them as drink stirrers in hot drinks like hot cocoa.
3. Crush them and top ice cream, cake and other sweet treats with peppermint flavor.
4. Display them in decorative clear glass jars
5. Use them as edible cake pop sticks.
6. Build a Christmas tree out of candy canes.
7. Make a candy cane wreath.
8. Use two candy canes to make a candy sleigh, stacked with miniature candies and tied with a bow.
9. Tie two together upside down and use as name card holders at a dinner party.
10. Pulverize them and the rim of your glass in for an instant Christmas cocktail.
What out-of-the-box ways have you used candy canes?
Wilton’s easy Pre-Baked Gingerbread Christmas Tree is easy to assemble and fun to decorate. Plus it makes a great centerpiece all season long!
Here’s a tip! You can also preserve it and display it every year. Use clear acrylic to seal it. Warning – once sealed, your gingerbread treat is no longer edible! Not even a lick!
Gingerbread House Preservation Tips:
- Let your gingerbread house dry in a warm room for 24 hours.
- Place the dry house in a well-ventilated room and spray well with varnish.
- Warning: A brush might knock off candy.
- Make sure to cover the house completely with varnish – inside door frames and windows included. Spray the inside first, and then circle the outside.
You can use these tips to preserve your gingerbread Christmas tree, gingerbread houses and cookies. You can cut holes in gingerbread cookies and loop ribbon through to make homemade Christmas ornaments. What a lovely memory to hang on the tree year after year!
These gorgeous Poinsettia-Topped Snowflake Cookies are one of our favorites from A Dozen Christmas Cookie Ideas. Super-fancy and sure to please, they’re still surprisingly simple to make! Just follow the step-by-step tutorial in this video, and you’ll be creating your own tasty holiday arrangement in no time!