Adeline's dress: Target// Elias's shirt: Janie and Jack (Both from 2012 clearance – the only way to shop!)
Happy Valentine's Day!! We had so much fun making these DIY Valentines this year. Both were inspired by Pinterest, with a little Mom Creative twist. 🙂
Of course, I didn't get started on these until this week. But I never let a little time crunch stop me from getting crafty.
Jedi Valentine's Cards with Glow Sticks
Elias loves Star Wars, so Monday morning (yes, before school/work!) we dressed up in his Jedi costume and took pictures with his light saber. I then added the words “May the Force be With You this Valentine's Day! Love, Jedi Elias” to our favorite picture and uploaded it to Walgreens to be developed. You can easily add words to any photo using a site like PicMonkey or Canva. Be sure when you take your photo that you leave enough room for the words!
I then used a blade to cut a slit in each picture and slipped a light saber in each Valentine. (You can find glow bracelets in packs of five at The Dollar Store or buy a 100 pack for $6.99 on Amazon.)
Some tacky tape on the front of the picture + scotch tape on the back ensured that the bracelet wasn't going to go anywhere.
Elias helped by putting the tacky tape on each picture. He also was thrilled whenever I would accidentally “pop” one of the bracelets and make it light up because that meant he could have it. He happily went to bed with three glowing bracelets on his wrist.
Butterfly Snack Valentine's Cards
For Adeline, I ran out of time and didn't do a cute toddler wearing red picture. So I made do with a cute photo I took a couple weeks ago, cropped it to 4×3 and added the words “You give me butterflies! Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Adeline”. By cropping it to 4×3, I was able to get two on a 4×6 template for easy developing at Walgreens.
Last night, Elias and I made a special treat – Toddler Trail Mix (Strawberry Frosted Mini Wheats, Teddy Grahams, Frosted Cheerios and Yogurt Covered Raisins) for Adeline's friends. We packaged the mix in pink ziplocks (found at Target) and used clothes pins to make the packages looks like butterflies.
Hand-drawn eyes and smiley faces + pipe cleaner antennas completed the butterflies.
Adeline and Elias were sure to help me taste test the trail mix and were big fans of it. (Frosted cheerios have never been in our house before!) Elias was a big help scooping the trail mix in the ziplocks.
Then, I added the photo to each snack, making the sweetest Valentine treat.
I love how their DIY Valentines turned out!
Today Elias was so excited for his Valentine's party at school. Matthew was going to accompany him since I had another appointment that conflicted. I did get lots of hugs and kisses before work though.
Did you make DIY Valentine's this year or keep things simple with store bought?
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