DIY: valentines for friends

DIY vintage valentines for friends
vintage valentines for friends DIY
vintage valentines for friends DIY
I thought it would be fun this year to give some of my lady friends some special little boxes of chocolate for Valentines day. Of course I had to dress them up a bit, and I thought I’d share the real easy DIY with you in case you’d like to make some for co-workers, friends, or anyone you’d like to give a little something more then a card to on Valentine’s Day.
supplies
Supplies:
Russell Stover 2oz I purchased a bunch of these little 2oz boxes of chocolate, these are the kind with just 4 pieces inside. Mine arrived in red boxes for Valentines. If you are really ambitious you could make your own chocolates and find little boxes to put them in.
-cardboard circles for the bases: I free hand cut mine from cereal boxes. These do not need to be perfect because your going to cover them up, you just want them to be about the size of your boxes.
-glue: I used a hot glue gun
-decorations: flattened cupcake wrappers, crepe paper streamer (I ruffled some of mine using a ruffler foot on my sewing machine, but you can also gather and glue down by hand) garland (I found red, and red and white garland after xmas on clearance and in thrift shops)
-vintage valentine cut out: I’ve made two pages page one and page two I had mine printed on card stock.
All you need to do for assembly is build up layers on your cardboard circle with glue. I changed each one around a bit sometimes using the garland first, some times a cupcake wrapper. Then I added a few little items to some like buttons, or little heart cupcake picks. Then just write a little note on the bottom of the box of chocolate and you are ready to give them out!
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**Personal use means non-commercial use of the valentines including copies and print outs for yourself, your personal crafts/scrapbooking and to give to friends. The valentines may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration. The valentines may not be used in advertising, and they may not be resold.***

DIY Card Valentines

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Playing Card Valentines DIY - mypapercrane.com
We got a head start on B’s Valentines this year, which is great because Valentine’s is sneaking up on us quick! B is in 4th grade this year, so I checked when we were at the store to see if wanted to buy any of the Valentines they had for sale. I don’t want to be the mom forcing my kid to make a Valentine if all he wants to do is buy Phineas & Ferb cards for his friends (because just to be clear I will buy the hell out of some store valentines if my guy wanted) but he said he still wanted to make his own, and that he thought the store ones were “boring”. So I threw out a few ideas and this is the one he really liked. He loves drawing faces, and his noses are my favorite. He has two more years in school for Valentine parties and every year I wonder if it will be the last one he wants to make Valentines, but he is still going strong!
He is almost ten, so he was able to do almost every part of these valentines all on his own, our glue gun is really hot so I helped with glue. If your kids are younger (or don’t have hot glue experience) then you can do the glueing and they can draw the faces and write the “to’s and froms” on the back. The supplies are super simple too…
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Supplies:
Valentine Face PDF, I had ours printed on cardstock, but if you didn’t want to print out faces you can just cut hearts from construction paper
-glue, I felt like hot glue works best, and dries quick but you can use whatever you like
-pipe cleaners, we did red but you can use any color
-pen, for drawing on the faces…you can use wiggly eyes too!
-playing cards, we found ours at the dollar tree. two packs for $1 and we found two different sizes
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1. First we separated the cards into two piles, we wanted to use all red cards for the card on top, and the black ones for the card that the legs and arms are glued to. You could just use all the heart cards if you want them to be extra festive.
2. For regular sized playing cards we cut a pipe cleaner in half and glued one half down for arms (on a black face up card) and the other half for the legs. We used half a pipe cleaner for the smaller cards.
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3. Then add more glue over the top of the arms, legs and card, and press the red card down and hold it in place for a few seconds.
playing card valentines DIY - mypapercrane.com
4. Next cut out your hearts and draw some faces, then glue the heads on. You can write you message on the back of the cards with a sharpie pen, or even write on the back of the heads.
playing card valentines DIY - mypapercrane.com
Heehee I loved the little face he made, and I didn’t even notice until I was editing the photos, it made me crack up! You can have the little pipe cleaner hands hold a piece of candy (or maybe a super tiny playing card?) We thought it would be amazing if we could find little chocolate roses for them to hold (painting the roses red!) and are considering making our own since we still have some time. If we do i’ll report back with some photos.
**Personal use means non-commercial use of the valentines including copies and print outs for yourself, your personal crafts/scrapbooking and to give to friends. The valentines may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration. The valentines may not be used in advertising, and they may not be resold.***

A Valentine for you

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valentine mypapercrane.com
valentine mypapercrane.com

A Valentine for you dear blog readers, won’t you be mine?
Please feel free to print and use for personal valentines! You cut them out and add a mini brad at the bottom so the card opens to reveal the box of chocolates inside, and then you can write you message of love on the back. I had mine printed on cardstock at Staples.

**Personal use means non-commercial use of the valentines including copies and print outs for yourself, your personal crafts/scrapbooking and to give to friends. The valentines may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration. The valentines may not be used in advertising, and they may not be resold.***