Laurie recently asked our Facebook Fans for some great Valentine's Party ideas that are Earth-friendly! We loved your responses. We know Valentine's Day is over, but why not keep it going all week? After all, Love should be celebrated ALL year long!
Becca Dever Barstow Our Valentines are earth-friendly in the sense that I recycled some cereal boxes. I cut out a bunch of heart shapes and let the kids go to town painting them red. Now that they've dried we'll add names to them.
Sarah Anne Rennie How about starting an egg carton herb garden? By springtime the little sprouts will be ready to go outside in the sunshine and thrive! Magazine collage valentine cards?
Shannon Santos We have turned brown paper bags inside out, cut them into heart shapes, painted red or pink, and stuffed them with newspaper for big, loveable gift.
Jessica Marks Baking cookies always seems like the fun and right thing to do! To make it earth-friendly, I turn down my thermostat 2 degrees when running the oven. I also substitute half of my flour recipe with whole wheat flour and use canola or applesause when the recipe calls for oil. Keep just enough treats for you and your family, and then wrap (in parchment or clean wrapping paper scraps) the rest for neighbors and deliver them on foot with your kids!
Amy Jo Krueger I found this on the Disney Family Fun website... if you have any left over bits of yarn, this is a great way to use them up! Sticky Hands, Warm Hearts.
2.Heat the mixture over medium heat until it's thick and translucent. Allow it to cool to the touch.
3.Cut yarn into foot-long pieces.
4.Place a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the shiny side of a piece of parchment paper. Have your child push a piece of yarn into the glue to coat it. Pick up the piece and run it between a thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Lay the yarn inside the cookie cutter.
5.Repeat with the other pieces until the yarn fills the heart shape in a thin layer. With clean hands, press the yarn flat. Gently lift off the cookie cutter and allow the yarn to dry hard, at least a day.
6.You can speed up the drying process by placing the hearts and parchment paper into an oven set to "warm" for an hour or two.
You can store cornstarch glue in the refrigerator for up to a week. If the mixture gets too gel-like, stir in ¼ cup of hot water.