Last night, Sweet Pea finished making her valentines for her friends. I thought I would show them to you now, in case you're looking for a cute idea for valentines.
Here is a close up. When we went to look for valentines, Sweet Pea didn't really see anything that "tripped her trigger." But she loved these bubbles. And they were not expensive. We found them at Target...a package of 24 for a few bucks. So, I bought them for her. We then came home and searched on Pinterest and Google to see what we could find. And we found a great tutorial and printable download for this project over at Simply Modern Mom. Click here to go to the post and read the tutorial.
You might notice ours looks a little different than the sample. That's mostly because I downloaded the printable a couple of weeks ago and never referred to the tutorial again when I sat down to make this. So, I remembered it wrong and forgot some of the details. haha.
I took the printable to Kinkos and had it copied on white cardstock. (There are four to a page, so I needed about 6 copies. I think the color copies on carstock were about $1.50 each. Not too much cost.) I brought the copies home, and Sweet Pea got out the little Fiskar's trimmer I have and went to town on cutting things out. She was so independent at it, I was a little blown away. I had some red cardstock, and she got out the tape runner and started mounting it on red, then trimmed the red around it. Again, so independent! (The original sample is not mounted on red cardstock.)
We didn't make a To/From tag, as is shown in the original. I really like the sample with a tag. But Sweet Pea wasn't into that. Instead, she just wrote on the card directly. It worked out fine. I also forgot to put the little foam dot on here to adhere the bubbles to the card. The bubbles seem to be staying on just fine without it. (But I do think it would be more secure. I might add a little tape dot on there. We'll see.
I punched holes in one as a template and then gave that to Sweet Pea to use for the rest of the cards.. Then, Sweet Pea marked the rest of them using that one as a template. I punched for her. She cut the ribbons, and I tied the bubbles on for her. She said to Papa Pea tonight, "Look, Dad. Mom and I are doing teamwork!" It was really cute. She loved making her own valentines and thought it was much more fun than buying them.
Many thanks to Simply Modern Mom for a really cute idea and a nice little download that was a real life saver for me. This was pretty quick and easy to execute and was a ton of fun for both me and Sweet Pea.
I know Sweet Pea will need to make a valentine box at school. When I was at Joann's this weekend, I picked up this little metal mailbox for her to decorate. I think it was 60% off or something like that. I also got her some stickers, letter stickers, and self-adhesive ribbon. I gave it all to her and told her to have at it. Here is what she came up with. She just loves it.
Somehow in the midst of all this, I got roped in to coordinating her Valentine's Day party for her classroom. I'm in the throes of planning that now. I'll show you photos later. I am planning a post on the full plan for the party, with links for downloads, etc. Unfortunately, I won't have it together early enough to help you plan something for this year. But maybe it will be helpful to someone for next year. I'm really lucky that several of our university students have pitched in to help me, and a number of other parents have pitched in to help as well. So, I've been able to come up with some ideas and have delegated a large part of the preparations to others. Many hands sure make light work. More on the party later.
Valentine's Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. It's sort of like, "Meh," to me. But I know the kids get into it, so I'm trying to get into the spirit. :-)
Do you have any special Valentine's Day traditions or plans?
Until next time,