Thursday, February 2, 2017

Keepsake Valentine Garland

This garland is a super-easy Valentine's Day craft.

Each paper heart on the garland has a child's hand print, and a list of the things they love this year. You can bring it out and add to it year after year to create an awesome keepsake!


Make an adorable keepsake Valentine Garland! You put your child's handprint on one and write about what they love, then update it next Valentine's Day. So easy and cute!


You will need:

Step 1

Cut some heart shapes out of the cardstock. I printed a heart that I found on Google and used that as a template for tracing. No drawing skills necessary!

Punch holes on either side of the hearts. Make a few extra because kids are squirmy and some of your handprints will not work out. 


Make an adorable keepsake Valentine Garland! You put your child's handprint on one and write about what they love, then update it next Valentine's Day. So easy and cute!



Step 2

Go get your minion (husband?) and child. Press your child's hand in the middle of the ink pad, then onto a heart. It may take a couple of tries to get this right. Be sure to have some wipes handy to clean the little hands unless you want adorable hand prints EVERYWHERE.

If you are doing this with a baby, it will be kind of hard. Once the ink is on a baby's hand, the baby always, always makes a tight fist and cries. Babies hate this, but it's WORTH IT. Get your minion to help you pry that hand open and press it flat on the paper.


Make an adorable keepsake Valentine Garland! You put your child's handprint on one and write about what they love, then update it next Valentine's Day. So easy and cute!



Step 3

Since this is Valentine's Day, write about what your child loves around the perimeter of the heart. 

Don't forget that your ribbon will cover the little bit right next to the holes when you're done. I forgot, so the ribbon covers some of my text.


Make an adorable keepsake Valentine Garland! You put your child's handprint on one and write about what they love, then update it next Valentine's Day. So easy and cute!



Step 4

String the hearts onto your ribbon. 

To prevent fraying, seal the ends of your ribbon by holding a lighter close to the edge. It will melt just a little and stay nice and neat.


Make an adorable keepsake Valentine Garland! You put your child's handprint on one and write about what they love, then update it next Valentine's Day. So easy and cute!



Leave some hearts blank so that you can add more in the years to come.


Make an adorable keepsake Valentine Garland! You put your child's handprint on one and write about what they love, then update it next Valentine's Day. So easy and cute!



Step 5

Hang and bask in the cuteness!


Make an adorable keepsake Valentine Garland! You put your child's handprint on one and write about what they love, then update it next Valentine's Day. So easy and cute!


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"You Rock" Printable DIY Valentines

I am a pretty lazy person, so I usually just buy a box of valentines at the grocery store for my kids to hand out. If I'm feeling generous, I'll get the ones with stickers.

But, I was sitting in my daughter's room staring at the giant, overflowing vase that houses her rocks collection, and inspiration struck. What if we could GIVE some of those to OTHER people?


"You Rock" Printable DIY Valentines - this is a great way to whittle down the kids' rock collections. Super easy and cute!



I made the kids paint them first so that they are special and it's not just like, "Um, here's a rock?"


"You Rock" Printable DIY Valentines - this is a great way to whittle down the kids' rock collections. Super easy and cute! There are also printables here for Grandparents' valentines!


We used Crayola washable paint for the rocks because I didn't want my kids to be permanently stained. After they dried, I sealed them with Krylon Clear Coat spray paint.


"You Rock" Printable DIY Valentines - this is a great way to whittle down the kids' rock collections. Super easy and cute!


I also made this adorable printable tag that says "Valentine, you rock!" Now it all makes sense. You can download the printable tag TOTALLY FOR FREE right here. You're welcome!


"You Rock" Printable DIY Valentines - this is a great way to whittle down the kids' rock collections. Super easy and cute!


I just poked a hole in each tag, then wrapped string around the rock and tied the tag on. SO easy.


"You Rock" Printable DIY Valentines - this is a great way to whittle down the kids' rock collections. Super easy and cute!


You can also download different versions for the kids' grandparents - just click on the appropriate image below to get to the free document!

"You Rock" Printable DIY Valentines - this is a great way to whittle down the kids' rock collections. Super easy and cute! There are also printables here for Grandparents' valentines!


"You Rock" Printable DIY Valentines - this is a great way to whittle down the kids' rock collections. Super easy and cute! There are also printables here for Grandparents' valentines!




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Monday, January 30, 2017

Super Easy (and Cute) DIY Valentine

This valentine is really adorable, and SUPER easy. You probably have everything you need already!


An easy footprint Valentine for the craft-impaired



You will need:
  • cardstock
  • washable paint
  • scissors (I folded my cardstock and then cut it in half)
  • marker or pen 
  • SECOND person (helper not pictured)


The Easiest and Cutest DIY Valentine Ever - you probably already have everything you need in your house!


STEP 1

Stick your kid’s foot in some paint. Get someone ELSE to hold the baby/toddler on their lap.

Take the cardstock and press it against the child's foot. This is A LOT easier than trying to bring the child to the cardstock.

You should also have some wipes handy to clean that foot off when you’re done.


The Easiest and Cutest DIY Valentine Ever - you probably already have everything you need in your house!


Have some extra cardstock handy, because kids are wiggly. Even with your helper's assistance, you will end up with some footprints like this:


The Easiest and Cutest DIY Valentine Ever - you probably already have everything you need in your house!


Happy Unrecognizable Blob Day! Try not to yell at your helper like I did. Sorry, Husband.


STEP 2

Write something cute on there. I chose “Little feet, big heart.” Cute, right??

I also like to put the year on footprint crafts because I know my brain will not remember when their feet were that little.


The Easiest and Cutest DIY Valentine Ever - you probably already have everything you need in your house!


Write a short message inside, and you're done!


The Easiest and Cutest DIY Valentine Ever - you probably already have everything you need in your house!


Not every footprint will be perfect, but they will all be super cute, and your loved ones will get a kick out of these Valentines. 

So cute and easy, right?

If you have energy for another craft, check out my Keepsake Valentine Garland below!

Adorable - and super easy - Keepsake Valentine Garland! Such a good idea to save those memories!



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