Friday, February 13, 2015

Cute and Easy Last-Minute Valentines


What is Valentine's Day without cute or corny valentines? Some other holiday completely. So the annual last-minute-scramble-to-make-valentines-for-Valentine's-Day event commenced, and this year saw good use of my three-year old pink and zebra print streamers, a bottle of silver glitter (of course), and gold, black, and pink Sharpies. I wanted to make valentines that could A. work for either gender and B. had cute sayings but weren't overly corny. A piece of cardstock was all that was needed to make these 6 easy valentines- cut in half width-wise and cut in thirds length-wise.

1. Bee's Knees
 Bee's Knees is a classic phrase that I just couldn't resist, and once the image of a dancing bee popped into my head, it wouldn't buzz off until it was physically expressed on paper. The bee was made using gold and black Sharpie, and the words are pink and black Sharpie with glitter accenting "You are" and "Knees".

2. Good Catch

Using a piece of pink streamers, we can fold it several times and cut out multiple scales at once, repeating as necessary. This adds a cool texture to the fish, and is a good sensory tool for young children just getting the hang of Valentine's Day. The bubbles consist of glitter glue, and the "To/From" box is made with gold and black Sharpie.  The fishing theme is one that can work for boys as well as girls, with different colored scales accordingly.

3. Don't Fly My Coop

Don't Fly My Coop is another boy/girl valentine idea. It doesn't directly address the love theme, which makes it good for valentines-exchange at school from boys to girls or vice versa.  The cage is made of glitter, and the words and accents are written with colored Sharpies.

4. Lovey Dovey

Lovey Dovey is perhaps the most intimate of these six, but it is playful enough to neutralize the emotional aspect  of it. The dove's head and wing are glitter glue, the beak is gold Sharpie, and the words are pink and black Sharpie. The eye is made from the zebra print streamers.

5. I'm Shippin' You

This valentine speaks to the inner fangirl terminology that most of us, whether openly or secretly, possess. As the large majority of us probably already know, "shipping" is the word for "being in love with a relationship between two characters ", whether they be in a tv show, a book, or other media form. The sail is made from the zebra print streamers, the waves from silver glitter, and the words and boat are made from colored Sharpie.

6. Wild About You

This is perhaps my favorite of the bunch. The letters in "wild" form a large beastie (a mix between a zebra and a buffalo, perhaps??) with the W forming the head and the D rounding out the rear. The grass is, of course, silver glitter, and the words and legs are made from colored Sharpie.

I finally found a break in my weekend to do a little crafting (and just in time for Valentine's Day!! squeeee!), so the blog will finally get a little love itself.  Whether you are rocking it free and single or celebrating it with your guy, I hope you have a fabulous Valentine's Day this weekend!

xoxo, Sara


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