Friday, February 10, 2012

Homemade Valentines

2012 Valentines: Shaker Cards
I have to say, with the current state of the California pubic school system, it's a daunting task to make homemade valentines.  My daughter has 30 children in class with her!  That's not good for her education or for making valentines!

But she really loves to make homemade valentines, and now that she's 6 1/2 (don't forget the 1/2!), she's more involved in the creative process, so we poured over magazines, brainstormed, discussed the pros and cons of including candy (she decided "no" on that because there is a child with diabetes in her class and she didn't think it would be fair to him), and finally we came up with a design.  We have broken the work up and are making 10 valentines a day in order to avoid overwhelm and keep the experience enjoyable.  So what was the design?  Shaker Valentines!  Two pieces of vinyl sewn together, filled with punched hearts and glitter (we used Art Glitter's Gala Glitz packs because they have tiny beads and nice chunks of glitter), and a card stock frame.  My daughter is so proud of them.

Here's a little round-up of previous years:

2011:  I was lazy and downloaded free printables from A Fanciful Twist
2010: Felt Fortune Cookie Valentines

2009: Paper Lollipop Valentines

So how about you?  Do you make or buy your valentines?