I know its only January 8th and I have a post about Valentine’s Day. Its never too early to prepare for a holiday! This one is pretty special in our family, my husband had a bone marrow transplant on Feb. 14th, 2013 to treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He’s since recovered, but the day has always been special and now even more special because of a selfless act by a donor in Germany that saved his live with her life-giving stem cells.
Today I am thinking ahead to February! I kind of have to, this is our family’s busiest time of the year. Did I mention I have two kids that both swim competitively? For the next 7 weekends in a row we have swim meets…so yep I try to think ahead as much as possible so I am not slammed with last minute projects!
My youngest daughter still has a class valentine exchange. Last year she made a Valentine box to take to school. You remember the shoe box kind? I used to do that when I was in grade school, way back in the 70’s but for some reason all we had to use to cover the shoe box was tin foil, and we cut out the paper hearts for the top and colored them with crayons. Today they make special boxes available at Michaels that are used just for this. I still like the shoe boxes covered, but I think we can elevate that a little but from what I did in the 70’s! But in the mean time, I created this cute little Valentine for her school exchange.
I have never been a fan of the $2 dollar store variety school Valentine. I have tried to make them personal over the years, and for the first time made one that I can share with you. This one prints out 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. And if you have a Cricut machine, it will make it even easier, but not necessary.
You can add the pencil as an extra gift for you child’s friends if you like. I designed these so your child can write their classmate’s names on the other side. There is plenty of room for big handwriting too!
I used my cricut machine to cut the hearts out and the pencil holes. You can use an ordinary hole punch write on the valentine, or add one of the sparkly stickers to them and use a hole punch for a pencil slot.
They print easily on a 8.5 x 11 card stock.
I am sure to have more craft projects and fun recipe’s for Valentine’s Day in the next few weeks! But for now, these are done! Enjoy!