Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’

Easy Valentine’s Wreath for Kids to Make

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

While clipping coupons last Sunday, I noticed quite a bit of red in the ads and flyers. Inspired by all the Valentine’s Day images (flowers, candy, hearts, bears, jewelry, etc…) I came up with an idea to make collage wreaths with the kids.

I cut out images that reminded me of Valentine’s Day, as well as any red space – ads, flyers, paper – to use as the base layer on our wreath.  Macy’s had tons of red paper in their sales ad and JCP had great large photos of jewelry that we used for accent pieces.

The hubby cut out a heart frame from a cardboard box and I spread on some white glue for Oliver.  We started with the big pieces of red paper as a base.  We then layered on the photos from largest to smallest to fill in the gaps.

We had started with glue sticks, but those took too long and we didn’t get the adhesion that we wanted for a mass of little photos.  Instead, I poured some white glue into a bowl and used a spoon to drip, dab, and smear glue everywhere.  Things went much faster after that!

Oliver did such a good job (with a little help from mom).  The wreath turned out great and cost pennies.  We already had the advertisements, a cardboard box, and glue.

Evelyn even had a chance to be creative (with a lot of help from mom).  We spread some glue on the heart that we cut out of the center of the big wreath and let her have at it.  I think she got more glue in her hair than on the heart, but she enjoyed herself!

Potato Stamps for Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

I’ve read about using potatoes as simple stamps and decided to give it a try for Valentine’s day.  I chose a small potato that would fit in Oliver’s hand easily and cut it in half.  I drew a heart on the potato and used a knife to remove the potato on the outside of my heart shape.

It was hard to get a crisp line around the heart, so I used a spoon to scrape the edges clean.

I put some fingerpaint on a plate and let Oliver stamp away.

 

The hearts have a rustic homemade feel.  Perfect for wrapping little presents or for making a Valentine for Daddy.

The potato also turned into a great paint brush and hand painter once the novelty of stamping wore off.

Oliver rates this craft a five out of five fingers!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I told my hubby that I loved him and he shined my shoes.  That was our Valentine’s Day.  We also ordered Chinese food so I wouldn’t have to cook and clean the kitchen.  Oliver made his daddy a card that he managed to sneak into daddy’s workbag with mommy’s help.  Evelyn’s present was to sleep through dinner so we could eat in peace. 

Are we Valentine grinches?  Do we shun the flowers/chocolate/ jewelry, because we are trying to be frugal?  I think it’s a mix of both.  There are already enough days in the year when we spend money on each other – birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and mother’s/father’s day.  We are burnt out on the obligatory holidays.  Another large part of our grinchiness is our new lifestyle.  With so much of our lives revolving around our babies we feel guilty taking time or spending money on ourselves. 

Of course, people will bombard me with hundreds of “you don’t need to spend money to show someone you love them” comments.  To that I say, you also don’t need to wait for that one day a year to show them you love them.  If love is free, then show it every day.

Our V-day might not have been fancy, but it was not without romance.  I told my hubby I loved him by scrawling it on these huge white boards we installed in our hallway so he would see it when he walked by.  On the other hand, he spent over an hour restoring my favorite ugly, but oh so comfy, shoes that he sees me wear all the time.  It was perfect…

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day too!

Easy Valentine Cards

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

For a quick, easy, and inexpensive project, turn your kid’s art into a Valentine card. 

I taped down some drawing paper to our table and let Oliver have at it with crayons and his paint set.

He took his work very seriously and only sucked on the paintbrushes once!

My little Picasso!

Next I took a cookie cutter and traced out some hearts over some particularly choice scribbles.

I cut out the hearts, glued them onto some red construction paper and outlined them with a black marker.

I used some nifty scissors to cut a cool border around the heart.  You can buy scissors like these in the craft section of Walmart, Michaels, and AC Moore normally for a buck a piece.

I then glued the heart onto some plain paper and personalized it for Oliver.  Think Daddy will like?

For Evelyn, I glued her wallet size 9 week old baby pictures onto a red frame that I cut out.  I glued that to some plain paper and stamped a flourish on with ink.  I had sized the Valentine to fit into a legal size envelope and then I mailed them out ala photocard style.

A friend of mine sent me a link for a cute peekaboo Valentine that she made with her daughter.  I might have to make this just because it’s adorable!

For another idea, check out these very easy fingerprint “Bee” Valentine cards at the Frugal Family Fun Blog.  When the kids are old enough to pass out Valentines to friends, these will be the first on my list to make.

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