These show-stopping Valentines are perfect to make with a petite partner! Spend an afternoon together dyeing rock candy into all kinds of pretty shades, and the next day you can turn them into easy, sparkly Valentines. Unfortunately, this rock candy is not for eating- but if you’re looking for an edible rock candy treat, be sure to check out our Rock Candy Cookies. And if you’re just joining us, be sure to check out the inspiration for this Kids’ Valentine’s Day Party, all the delicious recipes, a cute DIY candy balloon valentine, and the full party coming up next!
2lbs clear rock candy crystals (we got ours at Amazon)
12oz rubbing alcohol
4 metal or glass bowls
Pink & red food coloring
4×6″ cardstock in various colors, such as white, cream, peach or pink
4×6″ glassine envelopes (we got ours at Clearbags.com)
Step 1: At least one day in advance, dye the rock candy crystals. Lay out a sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray. Assemble 4 metal or glass bowls, and pour 3oz of rubbing alcohol into each. Add food coloring to each bowl, getting progressively darker, and stir thoroughly.
Step 2: Divide the rock candy into roughly (4) 1/2lb groups. Dye one shade at a time, by putting handfuls of rock candy into the strainer, dipping into the bowl, lifting the strainer to drain, and spreading out the rock candy into a single layer on the baking sheet. Repeat for the other 3 shades, placing a thin piece of parchment between colors on the baking sheet. Place in the (cool) oven to dry overnight undisturbed.
Step 3: In the center of the cardstock card, draw a heart with the Elmer’s glue and fill it in with glue.
Step 4: Sprinkle on one color of rock candy until the glue is covered. Use a pencil or chopstick to nudge the rock candy pieces to fit the outline of the heart. Let dry.
Step 5: Write a note to your Valentine on the back of the card and slip it into the glassine envelope. Repeat with the other colors of rock candy until you have made enough for the whole class!
Photography: Heidi of White Loft Studio / Design & Styling: Style Me Pretty / Location: Heidi of White Loft Studio‘s House / Kids’ Table & Chairs: Pottery Barn Kids / Vintage Pink Depression Glass Plates, Serving Dishes, & Coupe Glasses: Style Me Pretty‘s Personal Collection / Oversize Heart Balloons: Balloons123 / Copper Confetti: Save on Crafts / Copper Straws: Fun Paper Straws / Copper Tins: Jess’ personal collection / Glassware: Crate & Barrel / Glass pitcher: Crate & Barrel / Children’s Valentine Apron: Sur La Table / Pink Rainboots: Zappo’s / Mini Mailboxes: Tin Toy Arcade /