homemade valentines | classroom treats

With some help from the kids who were very eager models, I created, if I may say so myself, the cutest Valentines for their classmates this year! Let my preface this post by saying that I in no way, shape or form pretend to have come up with this idea myself. I’ve seen it making it’s way across the Web a bunch of times in the past few weeks. I think it started here last year. Anyway, these are so simple to make. All you need is a picture of your kiddo with an outstretched hand, an X-Acto knife and some lollipops. I created these as 5×4 photos, which is a really fun size: not too big and not too small. Emily and Andrew both posed with their empty fists out. They knew what I was trying to accomplish. Grace on the other hand, didn’t quite get the whole “pretend there’s a lollipop in your fist” idea. So, I gave her a Dum Dum pop and just Photoshopped it out after. ;)

I present to you, the Miller kids’ 2011 Valentine cards…

Aren’t they fun? I’ve gotta say, I like to think that I’ve created some cute things in my day but the kids acted like these were the neatest thing ever. They honestly couldn’t stop laughing at them and couldn’t wait to hand them out. They brought them in today, since each of their classes already created mail bags to gather their Valentines in. Grace is going to bring hers to school on Thursday when she has her class party.

Here are some more shots of each design.

The only thing I would have done differently, since you know hindsight is 20-20, is bring my text down so it wouldn’t be covered by the pop. But really, I think we can overlook the partially covered text since these are still pretty cool despite that fact.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? I haven’t planned everything out yet, although I know I do want to create a fun pink-themed breakfast for the kids before school. One of my Aunts offered to babysit for me Monday night. Totally out-of-the-blue and I am sooooo excited! I am not sure Vin and I have gone out on Valentine’s night post-kids, um, ever. So we’re thinking maybe some drinks and appetizers followed by a movie. I still have a few more days to plan. :)

Happy Tuesday!







13 responses to “homemade valentines | classroom treats”

  1. Sarah Avatar

    Awesome Gina! May I ask why type of paper you used to print them… or did your order from a lab after their sessions?

    1. Gina Avatar

      I had them printed at my lab. :) It’s reg. photo paper though!

  2. Susie Avatar

    These Valentines could not be more perfect. Each one of the kids look adorable. I am sure everyone will love them. How many did you end up making. I only made 30 cards for family and it felt like it was taking forever. Can’t wait till the boys can help out. ;) So glad you are able to have a date night on valentine’s. We wouldn’t have these great kids if it was not for our other half, that needs to be celebrated. Have fun!

    1. Gina Avatar

      I made 63. :) I thought they went pretty quickly. I really hate treats where it involves bag-tying. LOL That’s my downfall. I have a few spare to make yet in case they want to hand them to friends that aren’t in their classes.

  3. Heather M Avatar
    Heather M

    i have done this exact thing three years in a row now and I will tell you I design it AROUND where I know the pop will fall! Love it!!!

  4. karol Avatar

    These are just darling. I’ve seen them swirling around the blogosphere, and yours are my favorite! Well done.

  5. Melissa Avatar

    Those are awesome…I saw the idea recently and thought it was so cute. Yours look great!

  6. Silvia Avatar

    Oh my goodness! These are by far the cutest Valentines I’ve ever seen! I’m glad I saw them in time to try it out!

  7. Renee Lewis Avatar
    Renee Lewis

    Hey Gina those cards are sooo cute!!! I miss doing things like that with my kid, he will be 21. lol
    I have taught myself to knit and I am making my first scarf! I already knew how to crochet, but I am really liking this knitting. Why could you not live closer? NONE of my friends get into my hobbies. I am in Kentucky, so far away from you. I was thinking what good friends we could be, we have so much in common. I will message you some links to some sites for knitting and crocheting. I will send them to you on facebook. OH and one more thing….Where do you get your energy girl!? lol

    Happy Crocheting!

  8. Katie Avatar

    OK My other comment was supposed to go here. LOL These are great! I got some cute layouts from album cafe. They are only wallet sized prints though. These are great. I may have to keep this on the to do list for halloween or something. Would be great to pass out with your business name on for halloween too. Im just starting out so I am always looking for cute ways to get my name out there.

  9. Angela Avatar

    Gina, those are so cute! What lab do you use for printing? They look so 3D! Really cute!

  10. Kelly Avatar

    Totally stole this idea for my son’s valentines this year. Thanks for posting this early! I was actually trying to come up with something creative and this was perfect! Keep the ideas coming and I will keep “stealing” LOL!

  11. Christine L Avatar

    Adorable! I make mine every year using the Walmart cut apart designs. It’s very frugal at three valentines per 4×8 photo! This year I made a tutorial at: http://youtu.be/MfAH76bYjj4

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