January 22, 2014

Homemade Valentines with Free Printables

Every year I’m at a loss for something fun to do for School Valentines, so I usually buy a generic box off of the shelf.  The valentines that include candy are especially popular, but since I’d love it if Valentine’s Day did not become Halloween #2, I wanted to create a fun Valentine sans the sugar-loaded craziness.

For those of you who love the sugar-loaded craziness that comes with candy valentines, then we salute your bravery.  For everyone else, we created a nature inspired Valentine that our kids and yours will be so excited to give.  (Your kids’ teacher wanted me to tell you, “thank you.”)

First, we found these adorable bug finger puppets. (This post does contain affiliate links.)Bug Valentines Bug Finger Puppets

Then we came up with some clever Valentine’s phrases to use with them.  They are soooo cute!  Seriously, guys — “you make my heart so hoppy?!”  We know.  They’re precious.

Beth Anne and I know our limitations, and graphic designers we are not, so we asked a friend to help. Hadassah owns an Etsy shop called WhimsicalWallsArt. We knew she would be the perfect person to help, and her designs are brilliant!  Since we are offering these as free printables, (here, here, and here) you get the benefit of hiring a graphic designer for your kids’ valentines!  Again, you’re so very welcome.  It was our pleasure!

Making these valentines is super easy once you have all of your supplies together. We bought some kraft paper in a thick card-stock weight to print the designs on. The free printables give you two to a page. Once they are printed, we just loosely cut around the edge of the design and the girls wrote their names at the bottom of each Valentine.

Next, we just used some Elmer’s Glue-All to add a dollop of glue where we wanted our finger puppets to go. We pressed the finger puppets into the glue, and we were all done! The glue does take an hour or more to dry, but once dry it holds the finger puppets firmly in place.  When the lucky recipients of these adorable valentines are ready to use their finger puppets, they tear off of the paper very easily and the glue flakes right off of the puppet.  Easy peasy.  No sugar.  No craziness.  Just fun.

Homemade Valentines with Free Printables

All three of the kids were super excited about the finger puppets. They wanted to keep them all, and later Lilly put on a show for us with her buggy finger friends!  I love that this project was nature inspired fun for the kids and I to do together, plus I have Valentine’s Day covered well in advance! What cute projects are you working on for this Valentine’s Day?  We’d love to hear about them!  And don’t forget to Pin this project to your Valentine’s Board!

Much buggy love,

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    1. Hi Audrey,
      Thanks so much! Valentine’s Day is tons of fun, isn’t it? Plenty of cute ideas without the pressure of some of the major holidays! Love your sequined skirt! We adopted our son Holden from India so I am LOVE with adding sequins and embellishments to things to give them more of that ornate style.
      Have a great day!
      Beth Anne

  1. Thanks so much for something so adorably different for Valentines and then sharing it all with us. These are so cute. I’ll have to try to find some bugs somewhere, maybe a $store or even a party store. I have lots of card stock weight kraft paper.
    I make dog cards and the dogs with kraft paper. love using kraft paper, the color, feel of it. These will be so cute using the kraft paper. I get mine in 12×12 size at Hobby Lobby. Used to get at Michaels but they stopped carrying the 12×12 size. I really like the size to get more out of paper, especially when I make my little dog family with the paper.
    Your little girl is so beautiful, she has gorgeous coloring and a precious smile. Enjoy her. Happy week

  2. I like that this can be for both boys and girls. Thanks sharing your idea and printable. I found your blog on the Pin It Party Pinterest Linkup.

    1. Thank you so much, Abby! That’s so exciting – thanks for the feature! How cool!

      See you soon!
      Beth Anne

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