[Valentine's Day Blogger Exchange] Penguin Valentine's with M&M treats.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This year, Mason and I got to participate again in a fun blogger valentine exchange! Last year I made these super fun, easy Starburst puzzles and sent them to our friends, but this year I could not think of anything for the life of me. I wanted it to be cute yet fun and pretty easy. After all, I needed to make 18 of them! So, I racked my brain and I searched Pinterest and I still couldn't find anything. And then one day I was scrolling Instagram and I happen to follow Parents Magazine and lo and behold, they saved the day again (last year's Starburst puzzles came from them too) with these super cute penguin valentine's! Now, you notice how I only referred to them as super cute? There's a reason for that and I'll get to that later.

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

I used this template from the Parents website. I printed it once on a regular sheet of paper and then traced the body with the wings on black card stock and the smaller body on to white card stock.

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

And then I cut out 18 of each.

I glued the white part of the body to the black part of the body with the wings.

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

I picked out two googley eyes per penguin and glued them on. You can see some of the residual glue, but it dried clear and you couldn't even tell.

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

 Once all the penguins have eyes, then cut small triangles out of yellow paper to make noses.

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

The feet are also made out of yellow paper. Cut small hearts out for the feet and glue them to the bottom of the body.

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

You're done with the penguin!

Now to stuff bags with the treats. I used valentines pink, red, and white M&Ms (but you could really use any candy). I bought some cute heart bags at the store and filled them with a shot glass full of M&Ms (yes a shot glass, I know this is a kid's craft but it was the easiest way to measure evenly). The bags were a little too tall so I cut them to be the right size and then tied them with pink string.

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Before I attached the treats, I wrote a little valentine's message to our friends " Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Mason"

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

I then placed a bag of candies in the body portion of the penguin and closed the arms like the penguin was hugging the candy and sealed it with a sticker. Since I was shipping mine, I also secured them better with some extra tape on the inside but that probably wouldn't be necessary if you were just handing them out to friends in person.

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

I bought some plain white envelopes to send our valentine's in and sealed them with some festive washi tape. And they were off! Hopefully all of our friends liked their valentine's!

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

A little PSA though... these valentine's are NOT cheap to ship. So, if making them for friends, I highly suggest handing them out personally. Or, if that is not an option, use less than a shot glass full of M&Ms :)

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Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

Tawnya, Scarlett, & Bodhi at All of Life's Little Adventures
Jen & Hattie at And Hattie Makes Three
Ashley, Waverly, & Avalon at Being Brickner
Jess & Abbie at Being Mrs. Beer
Elizabeth & Mason at Chasin' Mason
Liz & Jude at Ellie and Addie
Crystal & Mason at Hall Around Texas
Desiree, Marcus, & Julia at Macke Monologues
Natalie & Blair at Nat Your Average Girl
Sara, Mac, & Mim at Running From the Law
Jess, Cameron, & Louise at Scott Family of Maine
Jessica, Cameron, & Emerson at Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom
Sarah, Brantley, & Holden at Seeing All Sides
Karli, Kaye, & Sawyer at September Farm
Chrissy & Elin at Simple Joys Blog
Courtney & Aria at Sweet Turtle Soup
Meghan & Noah at The Adventure Starts Here
Stephanie & Connor at Wife Mommy Me
Whitney, Kinsey, & Brielana at Work It Mommy

Chasin' Mason : Penguin Valentine's with M&M candies

The photo above is all the different kinds of valentine's that we received from our friends.  We LOVED getting happy mail in the mail box (instead of just bills) over the course of the past few weeks and are so excited that we could celebrate Valentine's Day with our friends near and far.

If you're interested in making any of the valentine's shown above, click the links and it will take you to all the fun valentine's that we received and teach you how you and your child can make them for your child's friends and/or classmates.


30 comments:

  1. The penguin is the cutest valentine!! We loves it, especially since it came with m&ms. :)

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  2. They are so cute! Will be pinning for another year!

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  3. Your penguin was so stinking cute! You claim you aren't crafty, but I think otherwise! You have done two great valentines in a row!

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  4. Oh I just adore penguins! I need to make some easy valentines with my girls an I think I might have just found a winner!!! Thanks friend!

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  5. These penguins were so adorable and Elin just loved them!!!

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  6. Love this - I may try and do them for my son's daycare, thankfully there are only 6 kids including him!

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  7. We loved the penguin! Hattie may have eaten all the M&M's already!

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  8. The penguins are adorable!! What a cute (& yummy) Valentine!!

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  9. Love yours!! I cannot believe how much is costs to ship stuff now!! Ridiculous!

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  10. Super cute! Always wanted to get involved in these swaps with bloggers - looks like so much fun!

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  11. You are so stinking creative. We loved loved loved the penguin Valentine! Mim saw the penguin and said, "waddle waddle" and cracked up. And you made Mac's WHOLE weekend by sending a Valentine with candy. I know it wasn't cheap, but it was a big hit at our house! Thank you so much!

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  12. Best $100+ Valentines I ever did see! ;) ;) Next year, we're all going to send single pieces of paper to make up for crazy high postage costs this year!

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  13. I mean you may have to take out a loan on your penguin mail, but they were super cute! Next year send 7 mnms. That should be light enough!

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  14. These were so, so so cute! Mason loves having another friend named Mason. When we were making ours he said, "can I pick out Mason's dinosaur first?" :) Happy to have been a part of this with you all!!

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  15. Okay so Jude is OBSESSED with that penguin and while we were opening all of them he would not put it down. It's sooooo cute! And um I think you need a Cricut next time you have to cut out 18 penguins! :)

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  16. These are so cute! And wow, that is a lot of valentines!

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  17. These are so sweet! Parents Mag has been good to you the last couple of years ;) We used your M&Ms to make cookies, that shot glass amount was plenty!!!

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  18. These were SO CUTE!!!! Thanks for thinking of us!

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  19. This while post I was thinking about how expensive they must have been to ship! But they seriously turned out ADORABLY! I love the heart feet and the googly eyes! Way to go mama!

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  20. That penguin is adorable! And the feet just slay me! I'm a bit relieved I did not participate in this though. I wouldn't have wanted to write an entire blog post bitching about shipping costs....

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  21. i'm literally DYING over those penguins!! they are the CUTEST EVER. now spend another $15 and mail me one.

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  22. Erin's comment has me rolling.
    But, seriously. Your penguins was adorable, and I'm so impressed with your crafting skills, and the M&Ms were a huge hit! We can now chalk off most of Valentine's 2016. Whew!

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  23. So bummed we missed this exchange! I'm having the worst time keeping up in the blog world and missing out on so much! Oh well! You are seriously the stinking cutest EVER! You always come up with the cutest ideas! Teach me your ways, woman!

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  24. These are adorable. I bet he was so excited to see them all done. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Talk today. Do link these again tomorrow on my Party at my Place linkup beginning at 7:00 a.m. Many parents I'm sure are still in need of Valentine ideas.

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  25. These are adorable! I got Kane little holographic dinosaur Valentine's and ordered little dinosaur toys from Amazon to go with each one of them. BTW, we got the same sheets you did:)

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  26. I am not able to download those valentine images and pictures. Can you please tell me how can I download?
    Thanks and happy Valentines day.


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