|Me embracing researching foreign laws too much|
I'd love to say I came up with this craft+candy myself, and it's possible I did because after a lot of searching, I can't find anyone else who's done this. I know that my initial inspiration was a pin on Pinterest showing crochet hearts. Unfortunately, it was misleading and linked to an Etsy Shop instead of a pattern. I looked around and found an amazing, free crochet heart pattern. I had tried a few others in my search, but this one wasn't huge, was relatively fast to make, and came out actually looking like a heart. I took some red yarn I had lying around, put my hook to work, and knocked out enough hearts for my coworkers and then some.
|One of many. The camera makes it look slightly less heart-shaped.|
I liked it, but figured that a bunch of yarn in the shape of a heart wasn't the best gift, especially for the male coworkers. Our team revolves around food, so I knew that was what was missing. I wanted it all to go together, and finally thought of using something as an arrow through the heart. It's a classic Cupid-inspired symbol of Valentine's Day. Candy canes seemed too Christmasy and other treats wouldn't fit. I even considered Smarties (which I can't have lying around or I will eat a whole bag in one sitting), but they didn't quite look right. I either found it somewhere, or a lightbulb went off, but I realized dum-dum lollipops would be perfect!
|Sweetest arrow in a heart I've ever seen|
I got a valentines pack (which unfortunately only has 5 or so flavors...none of which are typically favorites in my experience) and started sliding them through the hearts. I probably made 20 even though I only needed a dozen or so for work, and the whole thing took 4 or 5 hours spread out over a couple of days. If you want to do this, it's not a total last-minute craft, unless you want to pull an all-nighter, but it doesn't take forever either. This would be fun to do with kids too, especially if they're learning to crochet. It's maybe a step above beginner and good for practicing counting, sc, dc, and hdc.
People loved them. Some of the women even still have the hearts somewhere. I can't complain about what I got in my treat bag either!
|Nom nom nom|
If you're looking for something a little different and handmade for Valentine's Day this year, this heart and arrow craft is great. Maybe some people can even modify it and improve on my idea!
Have fun and happy early Valentine's Day!