Making a Valentine Bear Card Carrier
You Will Need:
-one clean, empty gallon milk jug
-11x14 construction paper for the bear
-8 1/2 x 11 sheet of construction paper for the heart
-stapler or tape
-crayons or markers for decorating
Step 1: Wash and dry an empty gallon container (from milk, water, etc.) You don't need the cap so don't worry about saving those. My students used to bring in their own containers so we had enough for the whole class.
Step 2: Draw a line in Sharpie around the top of the milk jug so it looks like the photo below. This is where you will cut so you can have an opening for valentine cards.
Step 3: Cut around your line (if doing this for a classroom, you can cut the tops for your students or draw the lines for them to cut their own. My students used to cut them in advance at home, but that's your decision!).
Step 4: Print 2 copies of my pdf bear pattern (scroll below for printable version). Line up the two halves to make one whole bear, then trace them side by side on an 11x14 piece of colored construction paper. If you are making these for a classroom, you can make one large pattern in advance for your students so they don't have to struggle to line up the bear halves. I used to have several large bear patterns made for them on heavy oaktag paper that they could share.
Trace and cut out your bear in one large piece.
Step 7: Attach the heart to the bear's hand (paw?). You can use staples or tape (I don't recommend glue as it will come apart too easily). Be sure to attach the heart to the very edge of the paw so it can wrap around the whole milk jug. I used to do this for my students because it was a little tricky.
Ta da! He's complete! If you go to pick up your milk jug and you find the bear slips right off the jug, just add a few pieces of tape to the back to keep him secure, or staple him a little tighter around the jug.
Now you just have to add some valentines!
And such an easy way to carry them home! You can just pick up the whole valentine carrier by the handle.
Click here for a free pdf printable bear pattern to make your own Valentine Card Carrier!
Click here for a free pdf printable heart pattern to make your own Valentine Card Carrier!
Happy Valentine's Day!!