May the Force Be With You…Lightsaber Valentines

I’ve been searching Pinterest for Valentines ideas, looking for something perfect for my boys to hand out to their classmates.  My idea of the perfect Valentine would meet these three requirements:

 1) Simple to put together. We’re talking about around 75 Valentines here.

 2) Inexpensive.  Again, we’re dealing with significant numbers.

 3) Cool.  I don’t want my boys to feel like skulking around the classroom, shoving their cutesy Valentines in their friends’ boxes without them noticing.

 My Pinterest search led me to THIS idea, as well as THIS idea, both of which met requirements 1 and 2, but my boys were “meh” about the #3 factor.  I also loved THIS one – totally met #3, but failed to meet #1 and #2.

 Hmmmm.  What to do…

 Then last week I was at Target and a giant light bulb appeared above my head as the above ideas merged into one!  I was holding a tube of 15 glow stick bracelets from the dollar bins and I envisioned this:

lightsaber_valentines_21) Simple to put together. All you need is a black and white printer, colored cardstock, scissors or a paper trimmer, a box cutter to cut the slits, glow stick bracelets, and tape.

2) Inexpensive.  Target saved the day with their tubes of 15 glow bracelets for a dollar.

3) Cool.  Well, my boys and I think so!  Dallin told me he likes these Valentines because they’re not too “lovey.”

Bonus point: This Valentine is candy free.

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It came out just as I envisioned it.  Which is rare.  Ha!  Using a pencil and a Sharpie marker I drew my version of THIS lightsaber for use on this project.  Here it is if you’d like to use it too!  Just fit the image to an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.  Sorry I don’t know how to share actual files with you.

Lightsaber Valentines for Printing

Using the marks on the edges as guides, I cut the cardstock into strips, used a box cutter to make two 3/4 inch slits, wove the bracelet in place (leaving the bracelet connector on one end), and then used a piece of tape to anchor it into place.

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Ta-Da!  Have a happy Valentine’s Day, and may the Force be with you!

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