Valentine’s Day Gifts: Butterfly Pencil

by Barb on January 17, 2014

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With 4 kids needing Valentine’s Day Gifts for classmates, I needed an easy frugal Valentine’s Day Gift idea. I also wanted an idea that didn’t include food. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much success finding candy that doesn’t have Red Dye no. 40 in it. I also worry about peanut allergies in my children’s classrooms since one school doesn’t have a clearly defined policy about peanut allergies.

Valentine's Day Gifts: Butterfly Pencil

Last year, I picked up these Valentine’s Day Butterfly Lollipop kits at Michael’s Craft Store after Valentine’s Day on clearance. I think I paid under $5 per kit of 32 butterflies. The kits did not include lollipops.

Valentine's Day Gifts: Butterfly Pencil

I helped each of the 4 kids to make their butterflies. My youngest decided pink butterflies were for the girls, and white butterflies were for the boys. We left the space around the 2 slits open for inserting the pencils. After the kids decorated their butterflies, I enlarged the 2 slits a little with scissors and slid in the pencils.

Valentine's Day Gifts: Butterfly Pencil

Instead of gluing the sparkles on the butterflies, we tried these mini Glue Dots I picked up at Michael’s Craft store at Christmas time. I think this box of 300 glue dots was about $2.99 or $3.99. I saved the extras in my craft box for future crafts.

I found packs of 12 Valentine’s Day pencils at the Dollar Tree for $1 each. I bought 8 packs of pencils for $8.

My total cost for the Valentine’s Day gifts was about $30 for 100 kids.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids

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Caitlin January 18, 2014 at 1:31 am

Such a cute craft and valentine


Jennifer O January 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

Such a cute idea, Barb! Great frugal craft for the upcoming Valentine’s holiday!


The Funster January 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Another really good post! I love the butterfly pencil. It’s really easy to make and my daughters would like this I’m sure. The final product is so perfect! Thanks for providing such a useful post!
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Becky January 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm

I have to start shopping the after holiday sales to plan for the next year. We are making our cards this year too and found great stuff at Michael’s for it. This pencil craft is adorable!
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Emma @ P is for Preschooler January 21, 2014 at 1:55 am

These are super-cute! A great non-candy Valentine for kids!
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Stephanie Kay January 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Cute idea! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.
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Cynthia January 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

This is such a cute idea! Even though my daughter is far past the age of Valentines for classmates, I still love looking at the different ideas. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.


Barb January 26, 2014 at 6:32 am

Thank you!


Emma @ P is for Preschooler January 30, 2014 at 8:38 am

Don’t you just love shopping the after-holiday clearances?! These would be great gifts for friends :)
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Noreen February 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

Clever way to make a no candy treat! I’m sure you can find butterflies in the craft foam section of the store. Pinning.


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