Last year I bought Valentine’s cards. They were much less work for me. However, I couldn’t help but notice that all the other parents shop at Target too. There were many duplicates. This year I decided that we would make cards for my youngest’s class and use printed ones for my son’s class. (My son’s kindergarten teacher made filling out the cards with each student in the class’s full name a homework assignment! ) So he decided to help with the 20 we need for Pea’s class.
Since I have a lot of school work due on Sundays the kids tend to watch more television than I like on the weekends. This week’s psychology assignment was on researching the effect that watching violence on television has on children. What I learned was watching any television for long amounts, even our beloved Disney Jr, resulted in more aggressive kids! I shield them from violence in the media and on tv and had no idea that watching non-violent television too much had similar short term results. (Hope is not lost.)
So today I decided to have a no television day, which meant that we had to do something else. I came up with these easy and impromptu Valentine’s cards.
First I taught Pea how to cut out hearts while Pork Chop, who already knew how, started cutting some out. I cut them out in all sizes because I am
cheap thrifty and hate to waste even scraps of paper. We glued little hearts on or doodled on each of the larger hearts and made simple heart collages. I even pulled out some fancy scrapbook paper.
I already had some chocolate hearts that I was planning on handing out with the cards. I’ve been wanting to try printing on brown paper bags so I took the opportunity. Using some cute fonts I made a few tags to add to the hearts.
If you are short on time and want to try this project, then you can download the printable labels for free by clicking on this link here. Just cut the bottoms off of brown paper bags and set your printer to print 5×7 (do NOT “fit to frame”). I printed on one side then flipped over the bag and printed on the other side. I cut the label with some fancy scrapbooking scissors.
I put a plain heart under the decorated heart and punched holes around the sides. The kids helped me sew the hearts together with cotton yarn and plastic yarn needles. We placed the chocolate heart inside the cards before closing it up and tying.
Sew Simple! When Pea’s classmates get the Valentine’s card, they just have to “open up” their hearts to get their candy!