You’ve just caught wind that your kids’ homeroom is having a Valentine’s Day card exchange. No matter the age, this can be an awkward time as you evaluate what’s appropriate, what’s within school policy and what’s within the budget.
You could go out and get the same character cards found at all of the retail stores. You may even be able to find something at the dollar store. Sometimes, though, turtles and princesses just don’t cut it.
If you’re looking for a way to put together Valentine’s Day cards that are unique and fun, take a look at these tips and ideas for creating cards that are low-cost and provide a fun DIY project for the family:
A bookmark Valentine’s card is a functional and fun gift. Design your own with stamps and cardstock, or print them out using computer paper and laminate. Use a hole puncher to create a hole at the top for the tassel. Try using twine, ribbon or washi tape for the tassel, which should help add a little more color.
Photo Prop Cards
For something totally unique and trendy, create photo prop Valentine’s Day cards. Pulling together the look of a really adorable card is a simple construction paper mustache attached to a paper straw. That’s it. Attach it to a cardstock square and the project is complete.
Recycled Crayon Hearts
If you’ve got broken crayons on hand, this is a great one for you. With silicone heart molds that can be found in any craft store, you simply melt down the crayons to look like hearts, attach them to
cardstock and write to and from on the card. It’s easy, fun and a great way to recycle old crayons.
Recycled Crayon Hearts: Take Two
If you don’t have a heart mold on hand or don’t want to go out and buy one, then using the shavings of crayons to make crayon window hearts is a good idea. Using wax paper, crayons,
construction paper and an iron – adult supervision is definitely required here – the shavings get heated to look like stained glass windows. This is another great opportunity for using up old crayons.
You Rule Rulers
Bulk rulers make a statement when banded with a “You Rule” sign. Either attach with a tag or slide through a construction paper slot. Embellish the card with a glittered star or heart
found at any craft store, and you’re sure to measure up to the task.
If your kids like paper-folding, try putting those skills to use with origami cards. These origami heart cards are not only cute, they’re also cost-effective. With a simple paper heart folded to provide dimension and glued onto cardstock, you and your family will knock out a classroom’s quantity
in no time.
To customize further, consider opting for varying shades of paper, and stamping Happy Valentine’s Day at the top.
Remember making paper airplanes as a kid? You might be surprised to learn that you can use them as a valentine! You can use a template or create your own from scrap paper, crayons and markers. Each airplane can have a super cute phrase, like “You are just plane awesome,” to bring Valentine’s Day and the plane theme together.
You Make My Heart Race Cars
For the car-lover, you can create custom cut-out cards that feature the fast car of their choice. If you want to get really creative with this, choose to make each model of the American-bred Ford Mustang. It’s history began in 1961 so you’d have more than enough choices, and this would double as a great way to introduce your child into supporting American-made products.
Another paper folding technique, these paper fortune cookies are super easy to make and are highly customizable. Using paper and glue dots, the cookies are formed and then stuffed with a slim piece of white paper which holds Valentine’s Day sayings on one side and to and from notations on the other.
There’s no need to rush out to the stores when your kids have a Valentine’s Day party at school. Easily create meaningful and fun valentines using these tips and DIY ideas. Your child’s cards will be the hit of the party.
This post was contributed by Megan Wild. Megan Wild loves creating DIY ideas for little ones. You can check out more of her ideas on her blog, Your Wild Home.