Are you in need of a last minute Valentine idea? Well, I have one for you! Mostly because, well, I just came up with this idea yesterday morning and made it this afternoon. It took maybe 10-15 minutes, and I think it will be mucho loved by the kiddos tomorrow. Or should I say mañana since I seem to be in a Spanish frame of mind.
Start off with some card stock or medium weight scrapbook paper (or maybe some cute postcards or note cards you don't mind fussy cutting). Cut your paper into heart shapes. You can use a die cutting machine (i.e. Silhouette or Cricut), or you can do like I did and just trace the same heart over and over again. I happened to have a nice heart tracing template on hand, but you could easily make your own.
I cut out 11 heart shapes (3 blue and 8 peach). On the back of the first one I wrote simply, "I love…". On each heart following that I wrote something I love about that particular kiddo. This one happens to be my daughter's. (Please excuse the poor grammar on the heart above. We'll say I was too overcome with emotion to think clearly.)
On the last heart of the garland I wrote:
the "and" is there because each heart ends in a comma so you can read them in sequence.
I used a 1/8" hole punch for the holes and twine for the string. (I placed the holes differently on my son's, but I'm not sure I have a preference really. I did the two holes on his close towards the center so there was only a small bit of the twine coming through the front of each heart.) If you don't have a tiny hole punch, use a regular one or use a paper clip. Improvise. ;)
Tie a loop at each end of the twine and they're ready for hanging:
I arranged my hearts so that the pretty fronts are facing out and the messages are on the back. This way it's like little secret love notes from me to my children.
How great would this be to receive in the mail? It's so light it would be very cost effective to send to a dear friend that lives far away, or maybe your parents, your spouse? Of course a husband/boyfriend might not hang it up, but he'll certainly appreciate the sentiment.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!! :)