In all honesty, though, these were pretty fun and easy. No hot glue was involved, I got to take some pictures, and most of my parts of the projects were done on the computer. Each kiddo picked their own valentine to make, and I really love how each reflects their personalities: rocker for the eldest, something perfect for maze-crazed #2, butterflies for the girl, and *that smirk* from pup. I just grin at all four of them!
I found the ideas for these on Pinterest (gasp!). It was neat to let the kids flip through the pins and make their decisions. Credit where credit is due, though:
We came up with the Rocker theme on our own, but it was obviously inspired here.
Make sure you download the template. I thought I'd do my own, and hers is sooo much easier.
The other neat thing about this approach was how we could use more "boy-friendly" colors. Trust me when I say they were each very involved in picking out the supplies for their projects. I know these look like mommy took over, but I *promise* you...my sons are quite used to scrapper-me asking them to make design and color decisions, and they've developed strong tastes and styles of their own. Loooove these kids!
And I *did* make them work on the projects, too. I cut the hand-holes in the photos and cut out the butterflies, but they did any sticker-ing, sucker-ing and adhering themselves. Except the youngest. His contribution was to sit still long enough for the photo, which was actually a tremendous feat!
I saw someone's comment on Pinterest that these look expensive to make. I got the suckers, glittery heart stickers, and plastic mazes all at the dollar store...something in the $10 range. I printed the butterflies onto cardstock that I already had, and the other cards are 4x6 photos that I printed at Costco for $.13 each. So, that was another $6 or $7. Round it up to $20 total for four kids? Do-able.
Admittedly, that's more than I usually spend on valentines. But, look, I'm *
Maybe I'll even do it again next year! Oh, who's kidding? I'm pinning 2013 ideas already...