Yeah, I'm a little late in delivering this valentine tutorial to you. So sue me. It has been a week of many extra homework projects around here--dioramas, book reports, a 100 days of school poster, and then of course, the usual spelling word practice, math story problems...blahblahblah. The point is--here is a valentine tutorial for you, just a little later than intended, okay? If you have some of the supplies around your house already--great--go to it, you can make this right now--if you don't, well, you will probably have to wait to make it until next year since it may require ordering some special LEGO pieces. So just know that and deal.
But LEGO + jewelry + valentine's cards = a pretty cool project for the kiddies for Valentine's Day. This is like accessory playtime--jewelry meant to be kept, worn, and played with over and over using the extra LEGO bits. Necklaces and rings that can be endlessly redesigned--out of sheer boredom, or just to match that special outfit of stripey tights, plaid shirt and a hot pink tutu your kid showed up at the breakfast table wearing this morning.
It's pretty damn easy to make too once you have assembled all the required pieces--although, personally, I would not recommend letting the kiddies do the work with the uber-strength craft glue or you may end up with LEGOs permanently bonded to his or her body. Sure, it might be cool for a day or two to have LEGO pieces attached to your hands ("Look at the colorful LEGO tower I built on my hand, mom!"), but it would start to impede simple tasks like eating, bathing, using toilet paper--and that would be not so cool after a while.
The best thing I discovered through the process of sourcing our LEGO bits was that there is a WHOLE WORLD of used individual LEGO parts to be found out there, in every color, shape, size--and most to be had for 3-10 cents. BrickLink is pure genius, I tell you. There is more about that in my tutorial.
Here's the link to my downloadable tutorial and printable templates: