Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. I'm sure you've seen the aisles at the stores filling up with all the pretty red and pink Valentine's Day decor and goodies for the kiddos to give to their friends. Let me start by saying, I know those little valentines which are sold in all the stores are very inexpensive. Some of you may be thinking you can't be bothered making something when you can get those for about a buck. However, if you are looking for something a bit more creative this year, and with a touch of recycling thrown in, this may be just what you are looking for.
I use old greeting cards regularly for various creative purposes and always end up with a stack leftover, you know the ones with the big cute critter or creature on the front. They are adorable but limited as far as creative purposes go.
If you do not have little children at home, you may not have many of these cards coming into your house. But if word gets out that you are seeking old greeting cards for creating, you will get plenty passed on to you. You'll want to make sure no one wrote inside the front of the card because that's where your kiddos are going to sign their names.
In addition to cards like these you will also need,
- this printed PDF of hearts (also available on our freebies page)
- colored paper if you want to make your own hearts
- scissor (including a pair with a fine tip if you want to cut little areas out)
- a hand held hole punch if you have one.
The first step is to cut out the part of the image which you want to use. Like this:
Then using an exacto knife or very sharp scissors like fingernail scissors, cut out the part of the image you want to put the heart under. Like this:
Then glue in place any hearts or other pieces you want to add. You could include little bows, glitter, gems, etc.
Carefully cut little slits in the image with your sharp scissors, then slide the lollipop in. If your hand held hole punch will reach to the location where you want the lollipop holes then you can use it for making them. You may have to put a piece of tape over the lollipop stick on the back to keep it from sliding out.
That's it, sign the back and have the kids hand them out. Easy, repurposed, DIY valentine cards for the kiddos.