Yes, we’re thinking about Valentines already! What? We like to make our own every year, and the assembly line only works so quickly. Plus, things take time to dry, man.
After some brainstorming, we decided to do a LEGO theme. Claire loves all things LEGO, and how hard could it be to make a heart?
As it turns out, not very hard at all. The tricky part was figuring out how to make it in as few pieces as possible.
I’m not going to lie; the first attempt at the prototype had 12 pieces.
How did we do it? Here’s how!
I did the math. We decided to make 30 valentines for her class (28 kids, including Claire, plus 2 teachers). We decided to make 5 extra for relatives.
I called our local LEGO store to see what they had in stock (and available in bulk) and they had red 1×2 and 1×3 blocks. PERFECT!
By my calculations, each little heart was made of up of two 1 x 2 blocks and four 1 x 3 blocks.
Yes, the LEGO employee helped me tape the lid on to this container. All 210 pieces fit in the small tub! ($0.24-ish per valentine, for the WIN!)
1) Start with two 1 x 3 blocks, side by side. (They didn’t have any 2 x 3 blocks in bulk.)
2) Put two 1 x 3 blocks under them as shown.
3) Attach one 1 x 2 block next to them.
4) Do the same on the other side.
Voila! A LEGO heart.