DIY Rock Candy Valentine
February 10, 2013
Party InvitationsValentine's DayValentine's Day DIY
Scouring the web for the PERFECT valentine card idea? Look no further friends because these adorable rock candy inspired Valentine's are basically everything. And if you're looking for an edible rock candy treat, be sure to check out our Rock Candy Cookies. We also have some 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
Small strainer
4 metal or glass bowls
Pink & red food coloring
Baking tray
Parchment paper
Elmer's glue
4x6" cardstock in various colors, such as white, cream, peach or pink
4x6" glassine envelopes (we got ours at


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 /