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”
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.
I looked up conversation hearts to pull a few sayings and got to writing.
Until I had a bag full of Valentine Wishes to hand out.
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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