i heart u card

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Who doesn’t just love opening the mail to find a handmade Valentine? No matter who the card is from, it can really brighten anyone’s day. While we think our kid’s DIY Valentines are almost too cute for words this year, we wanted to come up with a fun Valentine craft that could double as a card.  We created our own version of 3-D Valentine card the kids can help make. To make it even easier, we’ve created a printable valentines-day-card template for the “Be mine” card!

Supplies:

Start by printing our valentines-day-card template onto the card stock. Then cut out each card and fold them in half.

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Next, punch a hole on the outer edge of the front and back flap of the folded card. To get the small hole, we used a Martha Stewart hole punch, which we like because it has three different punch sizes, but you can use a regular hole punch if that’s what you already have.

Let the kids help make several large heart punches using the heart hole punch and pink card stock. Then cut several pieces of baker’s twine that are 12 inches long.

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Now you’re ready to make the “eye-heart-u” portion of the card. We started by placing the heart on the baker’s twine first because that made it easier to make sure the google eyes and letter U were placed in the right position. Let the kids place glue dots on one side of one of the heart punches. Then lay the baker’s twine on top of the glue dots, so that the heart is centered in the middle of he piece of twine. Next, place a second heart punch directly on top of the first.

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To attach the google eye, let the kids place glue dots on the back of one google eye. They lay the google eye on the table with the glue side up, and place the baker’s twine on top of it so that the google eye is bout 1/2 inch to the left of the heart. Then place a second google eye on top of the first google eye, sandwiching the google eyes between the twine.

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Lay a “U” sticker with the sticky side up o your work surface. Then place the baker’s twine on top too the “U” so that the “U” is 1/2 inch to the right of the heart. Place a second “U” sticker on top of the first.

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Open the Be mine card and place the “eye-heart-u” baker’s twine on top of the card. Tie the right side of the baker’s twine to the hole on the right side of the card so that the knot is about 1/2 inch from the “U”.

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Next, thread the left side of the baker’s twine through the hole on the left side of the card and then fold the card shut. To finish off the card, tie the two ends of twine together in a bow and place it in a festive colored envelope!

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For more Valentine’s Day craft ideas be sure to check out our kid’s Valentine themed crafts from last year and the year before. There are so many to choose from that you’ll be able to keep those little hands busy all week long!

Happy making!

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Ashley + Hallman

diy kid’s valentines

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Now that February is a mere 24 hours away, our kids are just itching to get started on their classroom Valentine’s cards. They love handing out their Valentine’s to friends, and get especially excited about the little party favor attached to each one. Our kids like to use anything from fun toys like silly straws, mini paint sets and bubbles to colorful lollipops. This year we found these lip whistles and we just knew they would make the perfect Valentine, and with our printable lip whistle template they are a cinch for anyone to make!

Supplies:

  • Lip Whistles (we found ours at Party City, but you can also find them on Amazon)
  • White card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots

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Start by printing our lip whistle Valentine template onto white card stock. Then cut out each card along the dotted line.

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Let you or your child write their names on the bottom line next to the heart.

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Secure a lip whistle to each card using a glue dot, and voila! Your classroom Valentine’s are ready to go! For more printable class Valentine templates and ideas feel free to check out our posts from last year and the year before.

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Ashley + Hallman

will you be my valentine?

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We get so excited when Valentine’s Day draws near, not just for the fun crafts, sweet treats or decorations….but because of the valentines! Valentine’s Day was always our favorite holiday to celebrate at school when we were kids. We remember making valentines for our class, exchanging valentines at school and bringing them home in our decorated paper bag or shoe box. It’s no surprise that our kids love the holiday just as much as we do, and they can’t wait to help with their own valentines this year.

Our sugar-free DIY valentines were a hit with our kids’ friends last year.  We don’t even think they noticed that there was no candy involved! This year we came up with two sugar-free ideas and one that would work with any type of candy. For each of these ideas we have included a printable template for each card to make it as simple as possible!

Mini Game Valentines

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We love the idea of giving out mini games on our valentines because it’s something that boys and girls love. We found our mini pinball games in the party favor section at Walmart, but you can also find similar pinball games at Party City and on Amazon. We designed the card for this valentine so that you could attach any game to it. Some other cute options are this mini candy maze or these colorful mini mazes. To make the card, print out our pinball game template onto white card stock, cut out each card, and  attach a game with a glue dot.

Lollipop Valentine

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Our lollipop valentine looks adorable with a rainbow spiral lollipop, but the beauty of this card is that it goes with anything sweet! Any type of lollipop would look fabulous, but our favorites are the YumEarth Organic lollipops. You could also tie the card to an old fashioned candy stick or even a few pixie sticks. To make the card, print our lollipop valentine template onto white card stock and cut out each card. Then punch a hole over the “x” and using string or ribbon attach the card to the candy.

Bubble Valentines

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Every kid loves bubbles so this one was a no-brainer! We found our bubbles in the party favor section at Walmart, but you can also find them at Party City and Target. If you can’t find the mini bubble wands, you could substitute the bubbles with a stick of gum or a fun colored balloon! To make our bubble valentines start by printing the bubble valentine template onto white card stock. Then cut out each card and attach the bubbles to the card using a few glue dots.

Happy making!

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Ashley + Hallman