2.09.2011

Making Valentines~

The kiddos and I finished their Valentine's cards yesterday. For reals. I honestly don't think we've ever been ready this far in advance. Aren't you impressed? ;-)


But before I get to that...I had a lot of questions about how I applied the wrapping paper to the wall in my last post...I did it the same way as I did the first time (you can read about it by clicking the link about gift wrapped walls in the post) I used my staple gun. I just stapled the paper around the edges, and a couple of times in the middle. Because the space I was covering was relatively small, it worked like a dream, and it's easy to remove, which is important because this is a rental house.

Okey dokey, now on to the cards.


I saw this very cute idea floating around blogland last year, and mentally filed it away to use for this year's Valentine's cards.



So first things first, I took photos of each of the four kiddos with one hand extended in a fist. (They are wearing their Sunday clothes because I grabbed them right after we got home from church...not a bad idea...their hair was combed, their faces were clean, they looked presentable.)





Then I used Picnik.com to add borders and text to each.



I poked holes in each card at the top and bottom of each child's fist. And then the five of us had fun putting lollipops on each card by weaving the sticks through the holes.




Didn't they turn out ADORABLE?!? (If I do say so myself.)



















And the best part is, they are completely, 100% personalized. No one else in their classes will have cards exactly like theirs. I love that.



Have a great day...

Go eat a lollipop.

44 comments:

**Anne** said...

Not only are the Valentine cards adorable but your children are GORGEOUS. I could hug those kids forever.
Thanks again for sharing your creativity.
Anne xx

Peggy Lee said...

What a cute idea and cute kids too!

But wait.....you made a "mental note"??? You can do that??? I try to make mental notes and they stay in my brain for approximately ONE hour. I am even more impressed that you remembered it for a YEAR! You are my idol.

WobiSobi said...

This is the best Idea!! and they look so Good!! Thanks for sharing!!

Vintage Gal said...

How inspirational ~ great idea and your children are very cute~ LOVE IT!

Rug Cottage and Iowa Barntiques Antique Mall said...

Thanks for sharing such a great idea!! Those Valentines are absolutely precious!!

Happy Valentines!!
Nancy

Biz said...

these are genius!
Biz

Amber@Munchkin Land said...

I am so happy that you filed that idea away in your brain for this year's Valentine's day because I'm now going to file it away in my brain for when my oldest (4) starts to have to do those types of things! :-) Awesome!

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

What a simply fabulous idea! I love it!

Did you print these out at home? What printer do you have and do you love it? Mine is an ink monster!

Cara @ Whimsy Smitten said...

My favorite Valentine's so far -- personal, easy, and not cartoon-character oriented. Love them!! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Oh I just found my kid's valentines! LOL These are absolutely adorable! Thank you! Now off to get my camera...

amy said...

adorable!!

The Frosted Gardner said...

Oh no way! Those are so dang cute and clever! WOW!

The Frosted Gardner said...

Oh no way! Those are so dang cute and clever! WOW!

Shari said...

Oh My Gosh how adorable are these? I have so been trying to come up with a personalized Valentine for my Grand daughter and I wanted to incorporate her photo. Guess what I am going to do? wow! Thanks for the post!!!

Jaderbomb said...

I am TOTALLY doing this!!! Thanks!!!

Dear Lillie said...

LOVE these, Wendy! And your kids are adorable! I am going to try to remember this idea for next year!

Bethany said...

That really is a great idea!!!!

oneshabbychick said...

Thank you for this AWESOME idea! Totally running with it. They are adorable! So are your kids!

Tuire said...

Thank you for this great idea! I have already taken my pictures. Tomorrow I will buy lollypops. :)
Closer I will make more heart chocolate sticks for hot chocolate. Kids loved those. See them in my blog if you like. :)

Jennifer said...

This is just Adorable!! LOVE it!! (=

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

these are absolutely adorable!! what a great idea.

VivatRegina said...

That is an AMAZING idea! Kudos to you and the kids for a job well done! And to think, last night I went out with the kids and bought their Valentine's. Oh well, this is our first Valentine's Day with our foster kids so ya live, ya learn. lol. THANKS FOR SHARING! :)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Your kiddos are TOO cute! I have always thought this was a great idea. Maybe I'll try it with my kids. We haven't done their Valentine's cards yet.

strollerfreak said...

Thank you for posting this! I totally just stole this idea and whipped up a dozen of them for my preschooler for his Valentine's day party tomorrow!
Even with printing the photo's at Target & buying an entire bag of Dum-Dum suckers it was *STILL* cheaper than ONE box of the generic "card & candy" things you can get!
(And MUCH cuter!)

Ria said...

That is the CUTEST EVER!!!

Peggy said...

These are insanely cute! And such a great idea!!! We have a FIVE lb bag of organic suckers sitting in the cabinet just waiting for something like this. Our youngest is the only one who has an actual "party" at school but I know at least one of our older boys would like this to give out to his friends as well. I think we are going to add fake mustaches and a corny joke with ours cause he is just that kind of kid. Thanks for the great idea!!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Ok. That is absolutely adorable! I am loving it. Would even be cute as a party favor. Your children are precious.

Lindsay said...

Your kids are so lucky to have such a creative mom! I would have loved to have something like these to pass out at school back in the day!

Kasey said...

did you make me any??

Kasey said...

p.s.
I won't be able to comment anymore because i am getting rid of my google account and you don't take comments from name/website.
boo for those of us with wordpress.

Lisas Creative Home said...

That is the cutest Valentine idea I have ever seen! My daughter already bought hers and filled them out so I will be filing this away for next year for sure!

Amber | Follow My Camera said...

These are AWESOME! I am totally copying you next year! LOVE!

maria said...

That's e great idea! and what a good looking kids you have.
We don't having a great Valetine day selebration here in Holland, maybe only a card for your lover.
It is a nice idea for tractation on school for my boys birtday also.
Have a nice Valetines day.

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

those ARE adorable! My son just informed me this morning he needs 25!!! I think I'll be filing this idea away for next year!

Missy said...

Wow, that's SO, SO adorable!

dora jane said...

This is so cute I had to post the link to my Facebook page! Now I'm off to see if I have appropriate paper to do this :-)

Cathy said...

Okay....and after scrapping 56 cupcake boxes...I find this clever thing!!!!! where were you a few days ago?????
Cathy
catscraftycreations.blogspot.com

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

These are super cute!!!! I love your blog :)

Lina

VivatRegina said...

PS - I linked to your blog on my latest blog post.

Regina of www.vivatregina.blogspot.com

;)

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

I had to come over and take a look. Hilarious. I like yours better with the smaller lollipops. I love that we both made these.

have a lovely Valentine's day.

MessyMissy said...

Those Valentine's are HILARIOUS!!! What an awesome idea!!

Heli said...

WONDERFUL IDEA!

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a GRAND idea! I'm bookmarking this and saving it for next year's Valentine activities for grandparents and grandchildren. TOO fun! :)

hmferrero said...

Made these today - found your post from Pinterest. Thank you so much for sharing the How To!