The Dark Side of Pinterest
February 8th, 2013
Confession time. I spent just shy of $40 on supplies for my kids’ Valentines this year.
Yes. Yes, I did.
I blame Pinterest. There’s a dark side to that oh-so-inspiring bastion of all things creative. It turns out that buying all the needed supplies to make the adorable things you see on Pinterest really adds up.
I picked two projects to do this year — one for Miss Mouse and one for Buggie. My girl and I opted to do a variation on the recycled star crayons we made at Christmas, this time featuring hearts. We’d melt down a bunch of crayons, stick them on cardstock with a little Valentine greeting and — voila!
But somehow green or blue hearts just didn’t seem right for Valentine’s Day. I wanted red and white and pink. I’d already ransacked my existing crayon stash at the holidays so I ordered packs of single-color crayons from an art supply company. With shipping, it set me back $25. Which is nuts.
Then I also forked over another $5 for a heart-shaped silicon cupcake mold. Grand total: $30.
I knew it was extravagant while I placed the orders, but it was too late. I could see the finished product in my mind’s eye and it was way cute. I couldn’t turn back now.
And they really are cute. See?
Between church and school and a few other random folks, Miss Mouse and I made 35 crayon heart valentines, so the net cost was a little under $1 a piece. I know I could have bought that many princess valentines at the dollar store for $1 total, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I have attitude about mass-produced commercial valentines and I genuinely enjoy making them with the kiddos.
Buggie’s matchbook sticker valentines were far more cost effective. (I used this downloadable template.) I spent $4.25 on stickers and about $3 on card stock and had plenty of supplies to make 50+ valentines.
Both ideas came from Pinterest so it was a good lesson in “doing the math before setting your heart on a craft project!”