07 February 2011

Be My Valentine!

I could grumble about the silly "shoebox snack" project that the second grader has to do for Valentine's Day, but instead I have a gift for you. Your kid is probably expected to bring in valentines for the whole class, right? And if you're like me, you have zero interest in buying some ugly branded character cards at the drugstore, right? You could do what we did when I was a kid, and glue cut-out hearts on a doily, or you could be more twenty-first century crafty clever.

I'd seen cute cellphone valentines in two places - a folding one on Family Fun, and a flat one on Dandee (which I found through The Crafty Crow). We could have cobbled something together based on the sketchy instructions given in those two sources, but instead, my husband made a template that let us print out four on a two-sided sheet, with the only trimming to be done on the ends and the corners. Snip, trim, cut and glue, and we had 24 valentines done in a jiffy.

If you'd like to make up a mess of cell phone valentines, download the pdf I put up on Scribd, get yourself some card stock and find some candy buttons - the little sugar blobs on a strip of adding machine tape. The pdf includes a fill-in box for your kid's name, and each of the four valentines has different text. Experiment with your printer to figure out how to get page 1 and page 2 properly back to back. You'll probably need to make a couple of test runs - do that on plain paper so you don't waste card stock - and then you'll want to run out several copies of page 1 and then run them through again for page 2. We used yellow card stock because we had it; silver would be more cell-phone-like. Once they're all printed, you'll just need to trim the ends, cut the phones apart, fold, and round off the corners. Then get to work with a glue stick and add the candy keypad. Some of this is work you'll have to do, but some of it is certainly kid-appropriate - depending on the kid's age.

Have fun!

18 comments:

Nadine said...

Last year we had to make a Valentine Box from a shoe box and then make Valentine's for the whole class...paper lace hearts, glitter, glue, stickers, the whole nine yards.

This year I was very, VERY, happy to buy cheesy cards at CVS. But we did at least go with animals instead of the branded characters which I can't stand. In a fit of indulgence I did let boy child staple candy to the envelopes. Done.

The cell phone valentines are way cute but I'm leaving that idea until he can do the entire project by himself!!! I envy your craftiness!

Awesome Mom said...

Cute idea!!! I bought some clearance ones last year but I am going save this idea for next year.

Bibliomama said...

If only I wasn't such a computer moron...old-fashioned paper hearts it is.

Patois said...

What a great idea! And thanks for sharing it.

Antropologa said...

Cute! Well done.

I don't think they do that here in Sweden. If so I have yet to hear about it. Thank goodness because I am not up for any crafts!

Anjali said...

Those are adorable. But since I'm doing them for three classes this year, I think I'll be making a beeline to the nearest grocery store!

de said...

Those are cool. I had a tough time finding candy buttons when i wanted them in August for our "countdown to school" candy chain, though. Glad you posted this today because otherwise I would have been caught unawares next Sunday afternoon.

slow panic said...

Valentines Day??????

Good grief how did that get here so quickly. My kids LOVE the drugstore Valentines and I must confess that's the way I usually go because it's so easy.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

This is such a smart idea! (But for a second I thought you were giving away CELLPHONES for V day... I almost had a heart attack from shock! LOL)

mayberry said...

Love those--very cute! We actually happened to find some cute, pre-fab, but not character ones at Michael's, and miraculously, they are ALREADY DONE (as in addressed/signed). So happy about that! (Next up, remembering to send a birthday card to the great-aunt born on 2/14.)

jo(e) said...

Where were you when my kids were little?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That's very cute--and you're so kind to share.

I am a little relieved to have those days behind me.

Cathy said...

The phones are great, especially the candy-dots keypads. I used long strips of dots as "ribbon" for a Christmas gift or two ... until the dog discovered all that sugary goodness.

On a grumpy note, is anybody beside me irritated that kids are pretty much required to provide Valentines for 20-30 claasmates? (Are kids learning subtle lessons in insincerity and conformity?) And peeved that much of that chore falls to the parents?

I wish some clever teacher would devise a collaborative Valentine activity that took place start-to-finish in the classroom.

Okay, I'm feeling better now!

Jody said...

What a great idea!

Lady M said...

So clever!

I thought we would be headed to the store for Star Wars-branded cards for certain, but the boy wanted to make paper hearts with me at home instead. Happy to oblige him for one more year, because it ain't gonna last for long.

Cell phones, next year.

nonlineargirl said...

That is freaking adorable!

Ilina said...

Oh, this is so cute! I wish I had a working printer. Sigh.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

We made a rocket out of colored paper & Red Vines, and some owls sitting on a Red Vine (ie branch), and my daughter drew pictures of "girl" dinosaurs for all the girls in her class. The boys got store-bought "boy dinosaur" cards... It was fun. I like making valentines with my kids.