Distracting Packaging – Valentine’s Day Edition

Our teacher Valentine gifts this year started out so promising. I thought “Hey let’s get Little L involved in actually making chocolate for her teachers!”

Craft + the pride of telling your teacher you made them their awesome gift. Great idea right? Well it all went fine. The making of the Valentine’s chocolates that is. Until I decided to make a  blog entry about them.

Here’s what we did. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.

DIY valentines chocolate

DIY valentines chocolate (2)

Pour into ziplock bag sitting in a glass with a spatula.

DIY valentines chocolate (3)

Cut end of ziplock. Fill hearts with chocolate.

DIY valentines chocolate (11)

DIY valentines chocolate (4)

DIY valentines chocolate (5)

Stir with skewer to smooth out chocolate.

DIY valentines chocolate (6)

Add Valentines sprinkles.

DIY valentines chocolate (7)

Lose patience with ziplock bag for the bigger heart molds.

Melt more chocolate and scoop them in with a spoon.

DIY valentines chocolate (8)

DIY valentines chocolate (9)

DIY valentines chocolate (10)

Put in fridge to set for approximately an hour. All done! Kids are happy. Then I decided to try and take photos of them for the blog.

A funny thing about chocolate, it melts. Especially under sunlight, hot flash lights and things like the touch of a fingertip on the side of it while trying to adjust them on the plate while you’re taking said photo of them.

DIY valentines chocolate (2)

DIY valentines chocolate

By the time I was done taking photos, the sides had marks on them and they started to melt a touch. I know they’re homemade with my kids help so they’re not expected to be some avant garde works of art. But the melting concerned me enough to thinking if they’re already melting now, how are they going to last in the wax paper and kraft boxes they’re supposed to go in?

Probably not so much.

So instead just to play it safe – since I vetoed the attempt at dipped cookies because I just ran out of patience with waiting for the icing to drip off and then this happened…

dipped valentines cookies

Mind you, they tasted great but I had to scrape off the extra dip and well, they didn’t look as nice as I wanted them to in the end.

So time for Plan B.

Cinnamon hearts. Store bought. And really, really, really cute, pretty distracting Valentine’s Day themed packaging.

DIY valentines gift (3)

DIY valentines gift

DIY valentine gift (3)

DIY valentine gift

DIY Valentines gift (2)

teacher valentine

I am telling  you, the Universe is telling me to stop baking and go buy cookies and just focus on wrapping. You’d think I’d learn by now.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Even if you’re not a fan of this day (believe me if it wasn’t for my kids I probably wouldn’t be as enthralled by it – it’s grown on me because of them vs before I’d be like “Oh it’s Thursday”) try and surprise someone with a Random Act of Kindness in honour of RAK week which I just learned about on Tuesday. I thought this initiative was pretty cool so I wanted to pass it along.

So spread the word. And give out better baked goods than mine. Cheers!


  • Reply
    February 14, 2013 at 6:43 am

    You are too hard on yourself! I think the teachers would have loved the chocolates and cookies. What are you going to do with all the sweets???? Oh yeah, eat them.

    • Reply
      Alex @ northstory
      February 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Ha! I sent them to work with James for his colleagues. I figure they need a good Valentine pick me up for the long hours they work.

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    Victoria Elizabeth
    February 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I’m not a Valentine person either… This morning on fb I saw one of my best friend’s wife bemoaning that there are no good Hallmark cards for husbands. I was like ????? what? Who buys their husband a hallmark card? I must have been in blog-land too long where everyone DIY’s everything. Lol… I literally forgot there is a whole industry where you can buy already made stuff.

    I thought the chocolates and cookies actually looked great, but I love the little brown boxes with the ribbon. Simple and adorable!

    • Reply
      Alex @ northstory
      February 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      It’s so funny that you write that b/c I swear to you, only half the people I know go on Pinterest and the other half get on with their lives and buy all the stuff people DIY. I know right? They exist. I’m totally being sarcastic b/c I still buy stuff all the time, it just never seems like it b/c of this blog. I actually have a post in drafts about this subject that I can’t seem to edit to save my life.

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    Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine
    February 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

    A+++++ for effort. And it all looks delicious to moi. Love the package too.

    • Reply
      Alex @ northstory
      February 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Sue, next time please tell me to blog about the lack of snow in Canada right now. Oh wait I spoke too soon, we just got a heavy sifting.

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    now at home mom
    February 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love everything! Everything looks good, don’t be negative with your creations, they are beautiful! 🙂 love the packaging too! So romantic, ok!ok! I’m romantic and love Valentine’s day too much! Ha!ha! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s day Alex!

    • Reply
      Alex @ northstory
      February 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      I think I was just frustrated b/c I had this image of what they were supposed to look like in my head combined with not getting the right light for a photo and I was like next time, store bought candy here I come. Happy Valentines to you Ingrid~!

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        now at home mom
        February 15, 2013 at 1:10 am

        Thanks! 🙂 I still believe they look great and your pictures look great too!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    February 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    These are amazing! I love seeing all the fun things that you are doing with the ice trays. Definitely inspiring. Happy Valentine’s Day, friend!

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      Alex @ northstory
      February 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      I am thinking maybe a candle craft is in my future. Which is even more comical b/c I can’t remember the last time I actually burned a real candle b/c of my little one.

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    February 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    As a teacher, I would have blown away by ANY of these creations…even melty chocolate. (It’s all going to the same place, right?) But you do have the packaging skills to pay the bills. Love those brown boxes. Where did you get them?

    • Reply
      Alex @ northstory
      February 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      I hope your students spoiled you rotten! The boxes came from the dollar store no less (Dollarama to be specific). It was one of those cases where when you see it in stock you buy it, b/c it’ll be sold out when you need it.

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    February 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Oh do I love melting chocolate chips! My favorite is to melt the chips and dip strawberries in them but I’m a bit weird in that I don’t let the chocolate harden. I love that fondue kind of texture. 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex @ northstory
      February 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Listen, coming from a woman who could easily eat a jar of Nutella, I totally get where you’re coming from!

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    February 15, 2013 at 8:52 am

    These are all adorable ideas for Valentine’s Day! Love, love, love!

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    February 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    love Love LOVE this!! So sad that the cookies didn’t turn out the way you liked, but honestly, I like them all, um, hrmmm, what’s the word… Bloppy? I think it makes them look like abstract works or cookie art. I have a BFA, can’t help it 😉

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      [email protected]
      February 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Abstract works of art. I am so using that. I think I may knock down the baking posts on here. Not that if something is a good easy recipe I won’t share it, but lately my heart’s not into them. Oh man that was just a terrible pun.

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    April M.
    February 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Love the box with the cinnamon hearts!!

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