Hiking-inspired Valentine's Day craft by Jenyfer Pattonf for Hike it Baby

In this day and age of over-processed everything, I struggle to find Valentine options that don’t create sugar-rushed kids, trash or junk toys that just get thrown away. So I went in search of Valentine’s Day craft ideas for some hiking-inspired options and found a creative idea from Wilder Child that is great if your child collects treasures from your backyard – of if you have feathers, rocks, nuts or shells around your home.

I took it a step further and wanted Valentines we could take hiking but that you wouldn’t have to carry out (except the peels). I found a great pen that writes on pears and bananas. However, if you write on a pear, you have to make sure your markers are safe to ingest or buy edible ink markers. I’m not about tracking down a whole set of markers that I’ll use once. I have tiny living goals and am training my brain to purchase strategically for that goal. One-use items don’t usually count, which means I’m sticking to fruit with peels. Bananas are great but tend to get extra smooshed in our hiking packs … so oranges it was!

How to Make Cutie Valentine’s Day “Cards”

Hiking-inspired Valentine's Day craft by Jenyfer Pattonf for Hike it Baby

I first tried using a pen, but I didn’t like the skinny lines, so I adjusted. With my sharpie all set, I went to work.

Hiking-inspired Valentine's Day craft by Jenyfer Pattonf for Hike it Baby

I looked up conversation hearts to pull a few sayings and got to writing.

Hiking-inspired Valentine's Day craft by Jenyfer Pattonf for Hike it Baby

Until I had a bag full of Valentine Wishes to hand out.

Hiking-inspired Valentine's Day craft by Jenyfer Pattonf for Hike it Baby

If you’re more artistically inclined than I am, you could even use colors and add hearts and emoji faces to your collection of oranges. I did the whole bag in about 10 minutes. Success? I’d say so. Now we’re ready to head out on a Valentine’s Day hiking adventure with a special surprise treat to share.

Happy hiking and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2 thoughts on “Hiking-inspired Valentine’s Day Craft

  • J
    J Ward

    Absolutely love those cuties Valentines Day “cards”. I’m bringing to my sons school with Hike it Baby flyers! Great idea!

    • Vong Hamilton
      Vong Hamilton

      I think it’s a great idea too! In fact, I’m doing this as a “healthy snack” to take to my daughter’s Valentine’s party.

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