Thursday, January 26, 2012

Candy Airplane Valentines

Welcome to the Thankful Thursday Valentine Blog Hop! We are so happy to have you hopping along with us today!  

You should have come from Lola @purplepeepstechniques. If you didn't, please start at the beginning of the hop at Jenny's blog at CrazyAboutCricut.

Today I am sharing some Valentine goodies my son, Bryce, is taking to his class.

Here is a video for those who prefer to watch the tutorial
Or keep scrolling for a picture tutorial.

I've made these little candy airplanes in the past, but this is the first time we've made them into Valentine themed treats. They take a little assembly, but are so fun that they are completely worth it!

For this craft you'll need:
an excited helper
individually wrapped Life Savers (2 per plane)
Smarties candies (1 per plane)
Sticks of gum (2 per plane)
rubberbands (1 per plane)
sentiment tags (see the bottom of the post for a free download)
red cardstock (to print the sentiment tags onto) 
bamboo skewer

Using the bamboo skewer poke a hole into the center of the lifesavers. You can use regular life savers but the individually wrapped kind are better.

On the flat end of the bamboo skewer, lace the rubber band on as seen in the pic. Now take the Life Savers off the pointy end of the skewer and lace them onto the rubber band. This is the quickest and easiest way to get the pieces put together.

Place the two pieces of gun through the rubber band. Your plane will now look like this.

Now, slide the Smarties under the gum and between the two Life Savers. I find it easiest to place the gum on the table while slipping the Smarties in.  That way you can avoid bending the gum.

Here is the start of our little fleet of airplanes. We made a total of 24 planes in about 30 minutes. My nine year old had no problems with this craft.

Next, print your sentiment tags (we used red cardstock).
Below is a free download for all my wonderful visitors.
The sentiment reads 
"You're just plane cool! Happy Valentine's Day!"

Please click on the picture to enlarge it. Right click on it and choose "Save file as" to save it to your computer. This file is free for personal use and is not to be distributed or sold.

We used ATG glue runner to attach the sentiment tags to the wings. The final step was to glue some glittered foam hearts to the airplanes for the tails. We used hot glue so it may be a parent-only step depending on the age of your children.

Now what's a blog hop without blog candy?? Before you jump to the next stop, please leave a comment (and don't forget your contact info) to be entered in my drawing for some blog candy...
a $20.00 gift card to either
Michael's or Joanns -- winner's choice!!!

The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday February 1st, 2012.

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Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Cute idea and great for boys of all ages. Thanks for sharing.


jessica said...

What an awesome idea Cheryl!! Thanks for sharing your step by step tutorial and for the chance to win :)

Tanya said...

How great is this!! Love BOTH tutorials!! My lil guy would TOTALLY love these!!


Barbara said...

What a cute plane. I love it. I would love to win a $20.00 gift card to Michael's. You're very talented.

Judy said...

Too caa-ute!! I want to make these for the pilots of our family!!

Pat N. said...

Wow, Cheryl, you come up with the best stuff for kids! What a sweet idea! TFS and for the chance to win a gift card!--Pat N.

mamawcindy said...

Oh My Goodness! How Cute is that! My little Grandson is in Kindergarten and he would Love to give these out to all of his little friends and his little Girlfriends. He says that he has 10 of them. Ha! Thanks for the Sentiment Downloads. These are really Awesome! Thanks for Sharing and so Excited for the chance to win your Giveaway. I'm already a follower. :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

CricutCraziiii said...

Great idea for boy valentines!

Claire Spielman said...

This is just too PLANE brilliant! Your son is going to be the hit of the party @ school! TFS ...still following. Great directions!!
Creative Wishes,

Hawks Nest Hobbies said...

Very clever project. Your little planes will be a hit!

Debbie H.

Bobby said...

Love the airplanes. My grandchildren are a little old but maybe I can think of others who would like a special treat like this.

Janis Lewis said...

Now that's just plane genius! :)

Candace Pelfrey said...

What a cute idea! Thank you for sharing. I am a new follower

Suzy said...

Adorable! I love fun Valentines like these that have candy and a little punny craftiness :) GREAT JOB! I need to get back to using my cricut more. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win :)

Rock Girl Designs said...

These are the times when I wish my son was still a little guy! what a creative way to share some special treats!

Rock Girl Designs

Trisha said...

Very cute candy airplanes. So nice to see you Mom's working and playing with your children. Thanks for the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Cheryl, these are so super cute and I think I'm going to make these with my 11 year old for his class for Valentine's Day. Thanks for the great idea!

Crystal said...

What a neat project! Thanks for sharing :0)

ShersL84bed said...

Oh my gosh Cheryl, these are great! I have two boys and couldn't ever think of anything cool to come up with. I love this project, fun idea.

Smiles Sher

Leah said...

This is too cute I must do these with my son.. this would work good with his to putting them together. I am sure we can come up with a reason to make them for school. LOL

Thank you so much for the fun....


Heather said...

very cute idea! I love them. :)


Heather said...

very cute idea! I love them. :)


lmkindell1 said...

Great valentine for a little boy and the girls would like it too.


Patti B said...

Super idea. Thanks for sharing. Your boys are lucky to have a crafty creative mom. I miss those days.

Crafty Teacher said...

I LOVE the plane's. What a fantastic idea! TFS the tutorial and file too! So sweet :)

Cathy said...

This project is so cute, my grandchildren would love it. Thanks for sharing, new fan here.

Sukie said...

Such a creative idea, I just love this for the kids classes! Thanks for the fun idea!

scrappindhilly at gmail dot com

Tiggerscraps said...

Oh! Wow! What an adorable idea!!
love it

Kristi said...

This is the cutest valentine I have seen in a long time. Wonderful picture tutorial!
kidshomelove at yahoo dot com

pfry said...

Can't wait to show these to my 6 year old grandson..It's easy to find something for my granddaughter to make but harder for boys. Thanks for such clear instructions.

Debican said...

These are just plane cute. I love em. My kids are grown and my granddaughter is only 1 but I'd sure make these if I need too. TFS
Hugs, Debi

My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

These are so awesome! You guys did a great job on your little fleet! I'm sure Bryce's class is going to love them too! Thanks for sharing the download too!!

Beckie said...

These are too stinking adorable! New follower ;0)

Be blessed, Beckie

Beckie said...

P.s. I meant already a follower. Lol

Georgiana said...

Super fun planes!

Carson's Creations

Anonymous said...

These are absolutely Adorable!!! I love the idea :-) TFS!

-Sam :-)
SamanthaJDesigns @

marg0006 said...

What a great idea.
Loving Scrapper 101

JustYolie said...

OMG!! This is a wonderful idea!!!

Carol's Creations said...

These are just "plane" cute! Fantastic idea!
Carol (Carol's Creations)

Anonymous said...

I just want to say thank you for sharing! My son adores these and will be making them this Valentine's Day!

Unknown said...

My DAUGHTER and son will both be making these for Valentine's Day. Many girls like airplanes and they make awesome pilots too! Thanks for the idea.