Now that the holiday decorations have finally made their way up to the attic or down to the basement, it’s time to think about those special Valentine’s Day gifts. No one’s going to argue that chocolates are nice, diamonds last forever, and flowers are absolutely lovely. Here’s the sad truth, though: chocolates are caloric, diamonds pricey, and flowers, well, let’s just say they don’t last forever.
Hand-crafted Valentine’s Day cards with your child’s school portrait sent with love from your little loved one to their loved ones? Priceless.
One of the many, many lovely things about parenting is crafting, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to break out the glue sticks, glitter and sequins. DIY cards are a quick, fun and satisfying way to spend an afternoon with your child. Taking it a step further, making Valentine’s Day cards with your child’s portrait is a great way to show close friends and family just how much you love them and how incredibly proud of your little one you are.
As with any good kid-centered craft, the materials for your card are easy to source and the project’s complexity and scope can be scaled to match your child’s unique attention span.
- Heart-meltingly adorable school portrait of your child
- Fun paper for the frame (Tip: put a green spin on your card and show your love for Mother Earth by digging through your recycle bin for brightly colored boxes to use as the foundation for your frame.)
- Simple, unadorned paper for the card and backing
- Glitter, sequins, stray buttons, stickers, and other assorted bling
- Glue stick
How to Make a Valentine’s Day Card with Your Little One
- We recommend selecting a standard-sized envelope and using your envelope to determine the size and shape of your frame.
- Once you’ve decided on the overall dimensions of your frame, sketch the outer outline of your frame on your “fun” paper. To keep it simple, your outer edges should be straight lines.
- Next, carefully cut the internal opening that will frame and reveal your child’s portrait. A rectangular frame opening mirroring your outer edge is the most common configuration, but feel free to play around with ovals, wavy edges, circles, and jagged edges. Let your child’s personality shine through at every step of the process. Important: Make sure that your portrait opening is slightly smaller than your actual portrait.
- Using your glue stick, affix your child’s school portrait to the back of your frame opening.
- Cut a sheet of your “simple” paper to match the outer dimensions of your frame.
- Glue the “simple” paper to the back of your frame, this will serve as reinforcement.
- After you’ve allowed your masterpiece to dry, write love letters to your loves.
- Decorate the frame with doodled hearts, glitter, sequins, stray buttons, stickers, and other assorted bling.
Show friends and family just how much they mean to you by sending them something made from the heart. Personalized photo frame cards with your child’s school portrait are sure to generate smiles and become much-loved keepsakes. Be sure to share your child’s Valentine’s Day card with their portrait with us on Facebook!