Valentine's Day cards, stickers, temporary tattoos and other small plastic trinkets are usually loved for an afternoon and then simply tossed into the trash. And the amount of candy consumed rivals Halloween! This year, my son and I wanted to forgo purchasing any type of Valentine's Day cards or goodies. Instead we decided to make friendship bracelets for all of his classmates and friends. We made these friendship bracelets from plastic bags and then secured them to a card made from paper, both of which slated for the recycling bin. If you have already kicked the plastic bag habit, (good for you!) you can use bread and other food bags for your bracelets, like we did. The result, a Valentine's Day worthy friendship bracelet that didn't cost a penny, has zero impact on the environment and taught my son how to braid. Follow these five fast steps to making plastic bag Valentine's Day friendship bracelets with your children.