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While brainstorming ideas for preschool Valentines, my boys were sipping on Apple Strawberry Crushers from Trader Joe’s. A lightbulb went off. They would make super cute “I’ve Got a Crush on You” Valentines.
I love the idea of giving a healthy treat to preschoolers, instead of candy. The Apple Strawberry Crushers are perfect for Valentines day with their pink pouch and red cap.
Kids too old for Crushers? Read on…I have an idea for how to use this printable for older kids or a Valentine’s party.
Adding a cute label is all these needed to become Valentines. I created 3″ round chalkboard-style labels that say “I’ve Got a Crush on You”. I left a narrow white border when cutting them out and then backed them with a slightly larger red circle. No fancy machines here…I do all my cutting by hand. Circles are pretty quick and easy to cut.
I wanted to hang the labels around the neck of the crushers. I opted for twine and a regular hole punch to keep them from looking too girly. Want to girl it up? Try pink baker’s twine with a 1/8″ hole punch.
To attach the tags, I punched a hole in each tag and inserted a piece of twine. Fold the twine in half first and insert the folded end through the hole. Open the folded end to form a loop and pull the ends of the twine through. Gently pull on the ends until the loop tightens around the top of the tag.
I wrapped the twine around the neck of the crusher. There is a nice groove at the base of the cap to catch the twine. I brought the ends back to the front and tied a small bow.
The crusher Valentines end up being a little pricier than the XOXO Tic-Tac-Toe Valentines, but can you really put a price on easy assembly? These are just so easy to make. I think a 4 pack of Crushers is $2.99, making each Valentine about 75 cents.
Want to make your own Crusher Valentines? Download the free labels here. For older kids, print the same labels on sticker/label paper and slap them on a can of Crush soda. That same idea could be really cute for favors or beverages at a Valentine’s Day party.
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