Feb 13, 2011

Have a Heart! Making Recycled Valentine’s Day Cards

Approximately 1 billion cards are sent for Valentine’s Day worldwide. That’s a lot of paper! And a lot of paper means a lot of trees! So we’ve been trying in our house to cut down on how much new paper we purchase. When I received the note from school that the children n Ethan’s class would be exchanging Valentine’s Day cards, I dug into the boxes of old paper (old cards, notebooks, invitations, announcements, etc.) that I’ve saved to find something that could be used to make recycled Valentine’s Day cards. And I found baby themed thank you notes from when Ethan was born. Beautifully designed and printed by a dear friend’s daughter. We sent soooo many of these cards out and we still have some left. I have a few tucked into Ethan's baby book and found an extra 20 that were perfect for Ethan to use to make Valentine’s Day cards.

Ethan’s baby thank you notes:

So I cut the cards in half and revised the note on the back to read “Original Recycled Design by Ethan Bloom”.

The back of Ethan’s recycled Valentine’s Day cards:

With paper in hand, Ethan was ready to create!

Ethan used Stockmar block crayons and eco-fingerpaints to decorate his recycled Valentine’s Card creations. He drew a heart in red crayon on the front of each of the cards using his crayons (I love the Stockmar crayons…they are made of beeswax, seem to last forever, are easy for little hands to hold, and the colors are lovely!).

Next, Ethan used eco-fingerpaint to paint each of the hearts.

Painting the first heart:

Ethan chose the “beet” color (the small, dark tiny dots are from the handmade paper not the paint):

I have to tell you that this set of fingerpaints is awesome. The paint is a powder paint handmade with flour, cornstarch, natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from beets, spinach, paprika, carrots, purple sweet potato, red cabbage, blueberries and tomatoes. It comes in 5 individual jars. To activate the paint, you use a 1:1 ratio of water to powder. Each jar (when mixed with water) can make 30 ounces of paint. Can’t beat that! No dried out paints! The jars fit into an easy to store cylinder made of recycled post consumer cardboard. And these paints make the most beautiful natural colors. Ethan LOVED getting his fingers into this paint!

Cool Eco-Fingerpaints:

Individual jar of powdered fingerpaint:

Colors included in the Eco-fingerpaint Set:

This is the first time Ethan has drawn hearts and the range of uniquely shaped hearts was adorable! (Kinda look like kidney beans don't they?)

Ethan’s Valentine’s Day Cards drying:

After the fingerpaint dried, Ethan signed his name in red crayon on each of the cards.

Ethan’s signature:

Don’t you just love how children write their names when they are first learning to write? The backwards letters, the extra lines on letters like “E”, running out of space, etc.

Here is one of my favorites, the “goes around” signature:

And the sideways signature:

We put each Valentine into an envelope and Ethan sealed it with a heart sticker!

Sealed with a heart:

Ethan's completed recycled Valentine!!:

I just love to see what Ethan can create and the enthusiasm that he has for making new things. And he is always so proud when he finishes a project! The Recycled Valentine’s Day cards were such a fun project and NO GUILT for buying more paper!

So, have a heart and save some trees by saving old cards, notebooks, and envelopes and transforming them into new creations!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!



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