Homemade Valentine: Moon Pie Craft
I'm over the moon for this Valentine's Day craft
This crafty little Valentine's gift only takes a few minutes to make, but it's so cute it'll be remembered for a long time.
Moon Pies are delicious marshmallow and graham cracker sandwich cookies, and are well know by people in some areas who grew up on them.
Moon pies can bring someone back to their childhood. And children today love them too.
What Are Moon Pies?
When I first made this article I received a lot of response that I didn't expect. Lots and lots of people didn't know what Moon Pies were.
The classic Moon Pie is unknown by some people?!
Apparently, it's fairly regional. Moon Pies were developed in the South in the early 20th century, but in other places they developed other similar looking confections and so the Moon Pie never wandered into those regions.
So for those not in the know, a Moon Pie is a small treat composed of two pieces of soft graham cracker sandwiching between them marshmallow crème, then dipped in chocolate. Later other flavors were developed.
What's the Difference between a Moon Pie and a Whoopie Pie?
New England has something called a Whoopie Pie which looks a bit similar to a Moon Pie, but it's actually very different in everything but looks.
Whoopie Pies are two rounded pieces of cake with frosting in between. They are moister and sweeter than the drier, cookie-based Moon Pie.
There's also something out there called a Scooter Pie. It is basically a Moon Pie under a different brand. As it always is when there are multiple manufacturers of similar products, there are taste differences and some people like Scooter Pies more while others prefer the original Moon Pie.
There is also something called a Choco-Pie which is an off-brand Moon Pie.
Macaroons look a bit like Moon Pies as well, but they are distinctly different as well in everything but shape.
Macaroons are a confection.
Whoopie Pies are a cake.
Moon Pies are a cookie.
Draw a Heart on a Piece of Paper
Preferably on a piece of cardstock or other heavy paper, draw out a heart. You can use a stencil or a cookie cutter to trace the shape, or just freehand it.
Hearts Drawn for Valentine's Day Craft
Get a Heart Cookie Cutter
Cut Out the Heart
Carefully cut out the heart so it looks nice.
Cut Out Tag
Choose a Phrase
- Shoot for the moon. If you miss you'll still be among the stars.
- I'm over the moon for you, Valentine
- You're my little moon pie!
- Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
- The sky is not the limit, there are footprints on the moon.
- Valentine, you are as bright as a full moon.
- I love you to the moon and back
- Be my moon pie? I want to eat you up
- I'm a "luna"tic for you
- Love you, Moon Pie!
- I love you to the moon and back!
- You're out of this world!
Write the Phrase on the Paper
Carefully write your chosen phrase on the piece of paper. Try and make it look nice.
Decorate the Piece of Paper
If you wish, decorate the piece of paper. You draw little hearts on it, create a border, or get really creative. Make it personal.
Get Your Moon Pies
Use whatever Moon Pies you want. They are available in mini, regular, and double-decker, as well as many flavors.
A Nice Big Box of Moon Pies
Get a Nice Big Box of Moon Pies Now
Use whatever bonding agent you wish to attach the tag to the Moon Pie.
I used tape since it was simple and I had it on hand. I just rolled a bit of tape over itself so that it became double-sided, then stuck it on the Moon Pie then stuck the tag to the tape.
Chose the nicest looking place to put the tag, I didn't have much choice since my Moon Pies were minis, but one tag I stuck right above the moon image so that it would reference that better.
Love You Moon Pie!
Don't Just Stop at the Pies Themselves
This craft is a perfect chance to think outside the box.
There are numerous Moon Pie themed-items out there. Add the tag to one of them for a fun gift.
I really love the cute retro signs there are featuring Moon Pies. They've been made to look old fashioned and a bit worn.
Putting one of the tags on a sign would be even more special, and would make a great gift for someone who really loves Moon Pies. You could even set it in a pile of Moon Pies so it'll be a big surprise.
I'm a Lunatic for You!
I'm Over the Moon For You!
You're my Little Moon Pie!
I Love You to the Moon and Back!
Decorated Moon Pies
What's Your Favorite Flavor Moon Pie?
© 2013 Alisha Vargas