Sure… you can go to the store and buy them, but there is something special about a home-made Valentine. The time, the thought that goes into it…it just makes it special. This week I have been charged with coming up with some fantastic ways to show those we love that we’re thinking of them. I love a good challenge, and a reason to be creative!
So here are a few different Valentine’s that you can make at home with your kids, using your computer, printer and a few item’s you can likely find at your local dollar store.
Valentine Book Mark
I try to avoid giving sugar and candy in classrooms for holidays and special occasions. Really, it’s the last thing those kids need after they’ve had lots of cupcakes and treats in the classroom. I do, however, love to make things that kids can use for a long time…things that wont make their way to the recycling bin by week’s end. So my first Valentine was the Valentine’s Day Bookmark.
- Paint or photo shop program on your computer
- Printer with Ink
- HP Photosmart computer paper
- Embroidery Floss, string or yarn
- Valentine’s Day Stickers
To make these fun Valentine’s, I created a 3″ by 6″ white picture. You can use your paint programs to do this, just start a new picture and resize it to 3″ by 6″. Then I opened it in picmonkey and added stickers, text and lace. So easy to do! You can create them for your kids entire class, with help from your kids of course.
Once you have printed the bookmarks, cut them out using a paper-cutter or scissors. Then, using a hole punch, punch a whole in the top. Add decorative ribbons or embroidery floss and voila! Non traditional Valentine’s for your kids class that wont end up in the recycling bin!