Airheads is holding a contest for bloggers with some great prizes. The details can be found on their facebook page. This is my Valentine’s Day craft entry.
When I eat Airheads I like to pull them thin like paper before eating, so when thinking of a craft I could do with them I thought it might be fun to treat them like paper and do a little origami heart envelope to hold the actual valentine.
For this craft you will need:
- Airheads candy
- Parchment paper
- A small plastic bowl
- A spatula
- A rolling pin
- Kitchen shears
Prepare your parchment first by tearing off a piece about 8 inches long. This is what you will work with the candy on. Cut a heart shape from the parchment. It will act as a place holder for the real paper valentine while you are working.
Since this is for Valentine’s Day I chose to use mainly the red, white, and pink candy but you can use whatever colors you like. Each heart uses two candies.
Use kitchen shears to cut the candy into small pieces and place them in a small plastic bowl. If you use glass you will have a sticky mess but for some reason plastic works great. I used one of my kids’ IKEA bowls.
Zap the candy in the microwave for a few seconds. In my microwave 13 seconds was just right to make them soft and melty.
Using the spatula, drop the soft candy on the parchment paper. Careful, it can be hot.
Fold the paper over the candy and use a rolling pin to spread it out into a rectangle shape. If your shape isn’t a perfect rectangle don’t fret! Most of mine weren’t either.
In that case, pull out those trusty kitchen shears again and cut off a piece to make good corners. Be sure there is some overlap. Then nuke it again for a few seconds (only 5 or 6 this time) so the candy can melt together well.
Straighten out the edges with kitchen sheers and voila! You have a lovely little rectangle. It should be roughly 3.5 inches x 6.25 inches. If it doesn’t seem quite big enough but is the general shape you want just use your clean hands to stretch it a wee bit farther.
Go ahead and admire your work so far. Melting the different colors together like this give a pretty marbled effect so take a minute to look at it. It almost looks like stained glass.
Now it’s time to fold. It’s a little hard to see with the candy so I’m also posting the steps with regular paper to give a clearer view.
Fold the rectangle in half the short way (hamburger style) then open it back up.
Turn it over and fold it in half the long way (hot dog style) then open it back up.
This is the tricky part where words fail me but good visuals help. Bring the creases from the second (hot dog style) fold to line up along the crease left by the first (hamburger style) fold. This forms the pointy part of the heart.
Go ahead and slide your parchment paper heart into the pocket you just made to keep the candy from sticking together while you work.
Move on to the top. From the center, invert the fold at the corner so it bends in on itself, making a triangle shaped space. Then fold in the corners to make another triangle shaped space. Now one side is done! Repeat the same steps on the other side.
As it is origami it will look a bit sharp but since you’re working with candy you can finesse it a bit to soften the edges.
There! Isn’t that pretty?
Now the only thing left to do is pull out the parchment paper heart and replace it with a pretty cardstock heart with your own lovey dovey message.
Now package it up with a cellophane bag and some striped twine and it’s ready for delivery!
My kids were ooh-ing and aah-ing about this all afternoon and are hoping to get one for Valentine’s Day. I mean, really, who wouldn’t want to see one of these in their Valentine mailbox?