Thursday, February 2, 2023

Homemade Valentines

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    Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Now's the perfect time to start making those valentines for family and friends.  Homemade Valentine's are so easy to make!  If you are up for some craft time it's a fun project to do with kids. 

In our house, I like to take all the things out and let my girls be creative!  I usually have cards made for them to start. Check below for my easy how to! Then they can write in them, add construction hearts, glitter, glitter glue, felt hearts, stickers and anything else we have on hand that would work. 

The simple way to make a card: 

1. Take a piece of computer paper/white cardstock

2. Fold in half. 

3. Cut on folded line. 

4. Take the two halves and fold each one in half. Now you have two cards.  

   They will fit perfectly in the small photo/invitation envelopes. 

Now, like I said I'm one that lets my girls just go and be creative, but I wasn't always that way. My girls are a little older now so it works for them to be able to do more.  You can set it up however you like.  I'll share some of our different homemade cards for some ideas! 

1. Painted Hand print cards ~

Remember my post about homemade Father's Day cards? Well you can do a similar card for Valentines! Don't remember? You can check it out here. 

2. Glitter heart cards ~

My girls can't get enough glitter.  You can make glitter heart cards two different ways. 

    1. Draw a heart using Elmer's glue and let your kiddos shake some glitter on.  A great way to keep the mess down; put the card on newspaper or wax paper and then shake the extra glitter off onto the newspaper/wax paper. Then you can reuse that glitter for another card, or pour it back into the container. I linked some glitter at the bottom of this page that is similar to what we have and we've used a few times. 


    One tip for using glue: I pour some glue into a small container (we reuse fruit cups) and then let my girls use q-tips.  It makes for a little less mess, because they can't get a lot of glue on the q-tip. 


    2. Using glitter glue, you can draw a heart on the card. Younger kiddos may need help. I linked both bottles and pens at the bottom of this post.  While the pens get used up so fast, sometimes they are easier to squeeze for the younger kiddos.  Although we've had success with the Elmer's bottle glitter glue.  

3. Construction paper heart cards ~

    This one is an easy one. Using construction paper, cut out many different hearts.  Big ones, little ones, pink, red, purple & even blue! Let your kiddos glue them onto the card.  You can overlap them, you can glue one on each spot and so on.  For older kiddos you can draw the heart shape and they can cut it out following the line.

You could even make a card using a heart shape too! 

Or, if you have heart punch you can use that too! 

There you have it! Easy and fun homemade Valentine cards! Some other things that are fun to let them add on the inside, stickers! You can't go wrong with a pack of stickers! 

Now that you have your cards all figured out for family, onto those school Valentines.  Check out a post I did for Traditionally Cozy on ways to make your own Valentines for those school friends! Plus don't forget to check out all their other Valentine's Day ideas, including my favorite: Valentine's Day pancakes! 


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