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make your own valentines

Occasionally, but definitely not every year, we decide to make our own valentines for the kids school classes. This can be daunting, considering 4 kids x 29 or so classmates. So we turned to the rubber stamp collection and a few other tools we had on hand.
This is a good time to let the kids go crazy, there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Valentine making is an art not a science.


Materials: rubber stamps, paint markers (our new family favorite), card stock, some spray glitter and not much else and made up some Valentines this year in lieu of another trip to the store. The fun part was watching the kids and their friends crack each other up with silly sayings, or dare each other to put “kiss me” on valentines for classmates.

Everyone who has walked through the front door this week, adults and kids alike, has sat down to make a least one Valentine, giving me another reason to smile.


One of my favorite stamps, you can say so much, keep it anonymous (no tell-tale conspicuous handwriting to secret admirers), save time not having to stamp out each letter. I would recommend one of these for every rubber stamp collection.

When we were all done stamping and coloring we laid all of the Valentines side by side and sprayed a glitter layer over all of them. This was really key in finishing it off- it’s got to sparkle!

What handmade techniques have worked for you and yours?

2 Comments

  1. kalamitykelli

    January 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Oh so pretty!! It looks like fun but I”m sure (to me) it would only be fun for the first 10 or so – 100+? Uh, nope! 🙂 I’m going to share pix of my collection of vintage valentine’s tonight or tomorrow night on my post – I hope you will read it and like it!

    1. NoelleOlpin

      January 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Yeah, handmade class valentines really must be made with some sore of assembly line otherwise it can take forever.
      Ooh, I can’t wait to see your post on vintage valentines!

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