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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5 comments :

  1. I love this! I love crafts like this that you can keep forever.

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  2. Very sweet and it makes a wonderful keepsake!

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  3. I love this so much! Such a great idea and easy too :)

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  4. What a cute idea Katie! Little handprints are the best!

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