You’re grape! Valentine Bag Toppers

You're grape!

Looking for a cute, edible, non-candy, mass-producible Valentine idea?
Try this!

This cute idea is not limited to Valentine’s Day.  It would make a fun treat for any number of situations: lunchboxes, picnics, classroom birthday treats, birthday party favors and more!

When our homeschool co-op of about 30 kids decided to do a valentine exchange, I knew we wanted to do something original.

My criteria: 

  • Homemade
  • More than just a paper valentine
  • Cute, but simple (Preferably using supplies we already had on hand)
  • Economical
  • Edible, but no candy!

I searched and searched online, but couldn’t find just what I was looking for.  So I made my own.

The result is a combination of several ideas.*  It’s not super-fancy, but the valentines are cute and original.  (You could go all pinteresty and jazz it up with ribbon, etc., if desired.) Best of all, they’re a gluten-free, refined sugar-free, wholesome valentine treat!

*These bookmarks and bag toppers served as my inspiration.

You’re Grape!  Valentine Bag Toppers

You will need:

**This looks like a complicated list, but we actually had everything on hand.
**All the supplies (except the grapes, of course) should be available at any craft store.

  • Free, printable pdf file (8 bag-toppers per sheet): You’re grape! Valentine bag toppers 
  • 8.5×11 cardstock (We used ivory).
  • Purple ink pad, preferably washable
  • 1 child’s finger tip (or 1 adult pinky tip)
  • Fine-tipped black marker, to draw stem, leaf outline and face
  • Fine-tipped green marker to color in leaf
  • Optional: to/from labels (We used Avery 8160 mailing labels, 30 per sheet)
  • 4″ wide cellophane bags (like these) — They don’t need to be very tall, but they do need to be 4″ wide in order to fit the bag-toppers.
  • Stapler (& staples)
  • Grapes!

                  
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Instructions:

  1. Print your bag-toppers.  You may want to print a test sheet on regular paper.  You may even want to try printing one or two grapes on this paper, before starting on your nice cardstock.
  2. Cut bag-toppers apart.  I recommend a paper cutter, as opposed to scissors, for nice, straight lines.  (And you can cut several sheets at a time.)
  3. Using a small finger tip, make one “finger-print-grape” on each topper.  Be sure to position each “grape” with enough room for the stem and leaf.  I recommend folding at least one topper to see where the crease will land.
  4. Allow ink to dry, then draw on stem, leaf and face.
  5. Color in the leaves.
  6. Allow marker ink to dry.
  7. Carefully fold each topper in half, to fit on top of the cellophane bags.
  8. Optional: Print to/from labels, and add recipients’ names.
  9. Place one label on the back of each bag-topper.
  10. Wash and dry enough grapes to place about 10 in each bag.
  11. Place grapes in each bag.
  12. Trim excess from tops of bags.  I wanted my toppers to sit just above the grapes, so we had to trim quite a bit from the top of each bag.  Be sure to leave enough room to fold bags over once.  The folded overlap should be about the size of your bag-topper.  (The topper will hide the folded part).  To speed things up, I cut 3-5 bags at a time.
  13. Place toppers over the folded top of each bag, securing with one staple.
  14. That’s it!  Distribute and enjoy.
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waiting for the ink to dry

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This would be my purple pinky. Older Brother was less than enthusiastic about applying ink to his digits, so I stepped in. It was no big deal; the washable ink did indeed wash right off when we were through.

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What a grape idea!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s another fun, non-candy valentine idea: You’re Out of this World!

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Kathleen Henderson

Let's get real! I’m Kathleen Henderson, your Natural Living Mentor. I’m on a mission to help families see the joy in real food, while finding natural remedies and creating a nontoxic home. Learn more about my story >>

8 Comments

  1. amy on 02/21/2013 at 8:42 pm

    Hahaha! That’s adorable, and the faces on the grapes are the perfect touch! Makes me smile. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link with me; I’m so glad you were inspired by our bookmarks! Sharing this on my One Artsy Mama Facebook page!

    • Yankee Homestead on 02/21/2013 at 8:58 pm

      Wow, you’re fast! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks again for the inspiration. Love your stuff!

  2. Courtney on 02/23/2013 at 1:13 am

    …And my kids loved them! Thank you!

    • Yankee Homestead on 02/23/2013 at 2:38 am

      I’m glad! You’re welcome! 🙂

  3. Teresa on 02/23/2013 at 3:37 am

    They were a great valentine! Thanks 🙂

    • Yankee Homestead on 03/01/2013 at 8:32 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂

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