Each year around Valentine’s Day I encourage my girls to make handmade cards or artwork as gifts for grandparents or mom and dad. I think a handmade card means so much more than a store bought one because of the time and effort put into it. Even if they borrow a line or poem from elsewhere they still took the time to write it out themselves. Today I thought I’d share a few of their projects to inspire your inner artist.
- Simply cut a heart out of cardstock and then use the “frame” to cover strips you’ve cut out of scrapbook paper. Use the cardstock heart to make a Valentine’s Day card.
2. Use cookie cutters to draw heart outlines; overlapping some helps the overall design. Then fill in the hearts with paint, crayon, markers, or crayons.
3. Cut out the word “LOVE” out of cardstock (use a heart for the “O”). Attach to paper with two-sided tape as shown and have kids trace around them. Leave letters in place and have kids surround them with dots of paint. Once paint dries remove taped on letters.
4. Use a sponge to paint a rectangle on paper (use 3 to 4 colors maximum). Once it dries, apply stickers to spell “LOVE”.
Any of these ideas could be used as a card front or as artwork for your loved one to hang on the refrigerator. I keep mine and display them in frames throughout the month of February.