We are all familiar with those store-bought valentines. In the past, Sophia has insisted on them…from princesses to puppies, we’ve had quite the variety over the years. Now this year, I suggested DIY Valentines. Nothing extravagant, just something basic, but something that we make on our own.
Since we are moving in to our house in March, we have some stored artwork of hers that we need to recycle. So, we incorporated some of that into our Valentines as well. I wish I could easily part with all of her creations, but I feel the need to keep ’em. Because of this I’ve been trying to figure out creative ways to recycle the work without throwing it away. If you have any ideas, please share–I need some ideas!
For her class Valentines, Sophia decided to do a basic heart out of red and pink construction paper and then make cut out smaller hearts from some of her paintings to glue on to the construction paper hearts. Then she just added a simple note and attached some candy for the perfect, made from the heart Valentines!
I’m sure many of you have made your own Valentine creations and we’d love to see ’em–please share a link to them in a post or at our facebook page!
If you want to see the step-by-step on how to make the our heart-shaped cards, here it is:
Step 1: Create a Heart Pattern –
First, we created a pattern for our hearts by folding a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise and draw two half-hearts, with the fold in the middle. Cut along your drawn line and you’ll have two hearts and your pattern!
Step 2: Trace and Cut Out Hearts –
Take the piece of paper you cut the hearts out of and fold it around another piece of construction paper that has been folded in half. Trace along the edge of the heart cut-out. Cut out the hearts. Continue this process until you have the number of hearts you need.
Step 3: Cut out Your Smaller Hearts –
Take your old kids artwork and find an interesting part of the piece. Fold it in half down the middle of this interesting parts and then trace more half-hearts and cut them out.
Step 6: Attach Your Treat –
We taped on some candy to each valentine. If you prefer a treat of the non-sweet variety like a pencil or a temporary tattoo, they work, too.
Now, of course, this is just our version of a super simple, made from the heart valentine. Remember to please share your creative personalized, hand-made valentines creations…Tell us about ’em with a comment or on our Facebook page!
Happy Valentines Everyone!