brown kraft paper (or brown paper grocery bags)
red and pink acrylic paints
toilet paper or paper towel tubes
Avery marking tags
red and white baker's twine
sewing machine and thread or needle and thread
Valentine's Day M&Ms (or another treat)
Kraft Paper Stamped Heart Pouches Tutorial
These sweet little DIY Valentines can be filled with any number of treats for a fun surprise -- and they're really simple to make, even for a novice seamstress like myself!
Start by folding a piece of brown kraft paper in half, or as an alternative, you could use brown paper grocery bags. Trace your desired number of heart shapes on the paper. I used a Wilton heart-shaped cookie cutter, but you could easily make your own template from a stiff piece of cardboard.
Using this paper tube stamping technique, I then stamped a heart design on each heart and allowed the prints to dry thoroughly before cutting them out. This is a great time to get the kids involved! My youngest son loved helping me stamp the hearts, and when we were finished, I gave him his own sheet of paper to continue stamping.
While I was waiting for the prints to dry, I decided that I wanted to switch out the strings on my tags. I used these inexpensive Avery marking labels, which could certainly be used as is, but I thought that the addition of the red and white baker's twine was a cute detail.
Once you have the cut out hearts, it's time to start sewing. I used a machine for this step, following the instructions here, but you could also sew them by hand. I'd just recommend using a thimble to push the needle through the thick paper so as not to hurt your fingers.
I chose to fill our hearts with a small serving of Valentine's Day M&Ms, but you can fill them with any number of small items. I'm thinking about making some filled with hair elastics for my girls' gymnastics team. You'd be shocked at how fast they go through them!
This is such a cute way to make your Valentines stand out from the crowd. I guarantee the kids will love tearing into them to see what surprise awaits them inside!
What little treat would you put inside one of these cute heart-shaped pouches?