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"Rodent You Be Our Valentine?"

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Ok, dont’ worry… there will be no “Rodent you be my Valentine?” notes accompanying our sweet mice… but I couldn’t resist a little “rodent” humor here on the blog. This is what the Raiger and I decided on this year for our Valentine’s and since she’s only 2, really this is what Mommy decided on this year. Aren’t they cute? They were fairly easy {would have been easier if my children were a little older} and the results are worth a little extra time. I only needed 16 for Morgan’s class and I think even less for Paige.

Here’s what you need {found most at Michaels, some I had}:

supplies

  • 6mm eyeballs
  • 5mm pom poms
  • a little tacky craft glue
  • some sticky squares or dots
  • a sheet of pink foam
  • pink yarn
  • Hershey’s Kisses

You use the glue to attach the eyes, nose, and tail… the sticky square to hold the kisses together.

process

Be sure to get your kids in on the fun because everything is more stressful fun when you have scissors, glue and toddlers.

I made a little template for the ears by tracing a Hershey’s Kiss and adding the ears then I used that template and traced my ears on the foam with a water soluable fabric marker, cut out as many as I needed, then ran the little ears under water to wash off all my markings. They dry really quick. And they’re so cute you won’t be able to stop taking pictures of them. I honestly think my husband may think I’ve lost it… oh well! I seriously took about 100 pictures of these little mice…

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And this one looked like he was smiling…

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Y’all give it a try… maybe you should do every Hershey’s Kiss in the bag and then they’ll all be so cute you won’t want to eat them. Nevermind… if you’re like me you’ll say, “Oh darn, his eyes are crooked… Mommy better eat this one!”

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  • erika
    February 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    OH MY GOSH.
    You kill me.
    Remember the Christmas at the farm where I found a mouse eating my chocolate from Santa. That will forever change my thoughts about cute little mice and chocolate.
    They are too cute. They look especially cute on your table.
    I love you! Wish I could have been there making those with you today. Instead I’ve worked up a migraine! It’s quitting time indeed!
    Love you,
    e

  • LOOK WHO'S MARRIED!!!!!
    February 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Seriously…where do you come up with these ideas. SO FUN!!!

  • brynalexandra
    February 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    You always do such fun projects with your children, you’re such a great mom!

  • MIMILEE
    February 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    These little mice are about the cutest I have ever seen! You are amazing, Darby!

  • Erin
    February 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    You are too much! Mice do love chocolate kisses;) Those are super cute and make me want to have a kiss myself! Love you! XOXO Cous

  • Elizabeth
    February 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Those are so cute,Darby!

  • Carly Winborne
    February 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Oh my gracious – these are adorable! I especially liked your rationale for mommy eating them. That’s SO something I would do.

  • Laura
    February 9, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Love them! You were right, they were def. worth a pre-game email to spoil all of the fun!

  • Victoria
    February 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    They are darling! I just love them!

  • Katie
    February 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    hilarious! They are soo cute! and I even hate rodents with a passion! but heck, I would love even mice if it means a little chocolate 🙂

  • The Southern Lady
    February 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Hilarious! Not to mention delicious. If I dare bring anymore choicolate into this home, though, we’ll all be in BIG trouble.

    Thanks for sharing, Darby. It’s a precious project for the youngesters.

  • Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries
    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Those are hilarious and so cute!! I need to do fun things like that. I got my kids involved today when I was stapling Valentine’s fruit snacks to their Cars cards. I said, “here, push down this stapler” and then proceeded to do it all for them.
    There goes the Mother of the Year award. So close. Maybe next year. 🙂
    I’ll go for the mice- just for the chocolate- next year! Absolutely adorable!!

  • Elizabeth
    February 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Darby, I just posted this and mentioned you on my blog. I don’t see how you do all this with three kids. wow! I’m saving this project for when ella gets older

  • Gray Matters
    February 10, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Those are adorable – I might just have to try some for Davis’ class.

  • Tennis Mum
    February 10, 2009 at 8:08 am

    These are adorable and HILARIOUS! The pic of the smiling mouse made me laugh outloud! Your children are so lucky to have such a fun and creative Mommy!

  • Susan
    February 10, 2009 at 9:58 am

    These are super cute. How did you attach the tail?
    Susan

  • Darby
    February 10, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Hey Susan… and anyone else wondering how to attach the tail… I forgot that step… you use the glue. Dab it on and stick it on…. I added that to the post! Sorry I forgot that minor detail… we can’t have any tail-less mice out there!

  • Carolyn
    February 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Those are fun. Too cute to eat!

  • Shireen
    February 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    You are just too much, Darby!! 🙂

    You ought to be a teacher of creativity in a children’s school!

    Seriously!

  • The Harris Family
    February 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Ha! Love the appropriately strike through on the stressful there!

  • Kristen
    February 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Those are so cute, Darby!!!

  • Dianne
    February 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Too cute!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen
    February 10, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    So cute! I love sewing, smocking, knitting and crafting. My kids are older now, but I remember all those crafting years! Soon I will get to relive all this with Grandchildren..I can’t wait.

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  • rebecca
    February 11, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Linked up to this today – LOVE LOVE LOVE.