1-2-3 Come Make Some Valentines With Me
Since Valentine's Day is Friday, this will be my last blog post with heart-themed "stuff" 'til next year. It's time to move on to President's Day.
Before I do though, I wanted to whip together a few special valentine things for you.
I always sent a Valentine's Day Party information note home, as well as a list of their child's classmates, followed up by a thank you note to anyone who helped with the party, or donated something.
I thought perhapes you could use a time-saving template for those things. Simply print and then fill in your own info. Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Note Packet.
Since the mustache craze continues, and so many teachers have that as a theme in their classrooms, I thought I'd make a mustache valentine.
Before I design anything new, I surf the net to see if anyone has done what I'm thinking about; no sense reinventing the wheel.
Erin had done just that, as I found a simply adorable mustache valentine FREEBIE over at: I Love Naptime!
Aren't they cute? I love how she inserted the sucker so that it looks like a nose. Your kiddos can trim off the writing and wear their mustache while they slurp away, which makes for a sweet photo op. Click on the link above to grab her FREEBIE.
The Internet provided all sorts of examples of old-fashoned, vintage, and handmade valentines. A few hours quickly slipped away, as I flitted from one site to the next.
One of my favorite finds was made by Kristen over at Yellow Bliss Road. She overlayed the word love on top of one of my favorite Bible verses. Click on the link to get this lovely FREEBIE, suitable for framing.
If you're looking for vintage valentines, you definitely need to click on the link that will take you to Lisa Thorarinson's Pinterest board. She has over 600 exquisite examples! Many are in the public domain.
Another great site that's less overwhelming, has 70 vintage valentine FREEBIES and can be found at Sweetly Scrapped.
I really enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane, as my grandmother collected all sorts of valentine postcards from the early 1900's. I fondly remember paging through her scrapbooks.
To save you time, I used a few free clips to make a vintage valentine packet.
I've laid them out so there are minis you can print for all of your kiddos, as well as a larger one with only one valentine on the page, to print and give to that special someone. Click on the link for my Vintage Valentine packet.
I was pleasantly surprised at the popularity of ALL of the writing prompt valentines that I've been posting. They have been the most downloaded items these past few days.
TeachWithMe is mainly geared towards early elementary, but most of the writing prompts can be tweaked up, and some, I specifically designed for older students.
With that in mind, I decided to make a folded heart envelope, which my crafty grandma Lydia, taught me a zillion years ago. Give older students a writing prompt or have them record whatever they want inside.
I've also included a few poem ideas they could use as well, or challenge them to write their own poetry. There's a heart pattern that includes one of my favorite "love" quotes, which I used for "my special saying" that went under my senior yearbook picture.
Run off the heart pattern on a variety of pastel colored construction paper, or for especially pretty "envelopes" print on patterned scrapbook paper that has a plain flip side. Click on the link to view/download the Folded Heart Envelope Valentine Writing Prompt.
Finally, since yesterday's keepsake "Blow a Kiss!" craftivity was such a big hit, I wanted to design a few more "keepers."
While surfing the net, I came across the idea of making thumbprints look like hearts; they were posted on a variety of bridal pin boards. I LOVED this idea, so I had my husband press his thumb on a bronze stamp pad and then I pressed mine next to his, so that it looked like a heart.
I cut out my construction paper heart and glued it to a circle of textured scrapbook paper, which I glued to the back of a paperweight.
I thought it turned out really cute. I got the paperweight from Michael's Craft Store for only a dollar, but you could buy a bag of the clear glass, flat-backed stones to make this an inexpensive project. Simple hot glue a magnet to the back.
I also designed a sweet "thumb body" loves you valentine, for your kiddos to do the same thing on. There's a color as well as a black and white pattern. Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Thumbprint Valentine.
I hope you found a few things here that you can do personally, or with your students to make your Valentine's Day extra special.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away.
"Love wasn't put in your heart to stay; love's only love when you give it away." -Rogers and Hammerstein