Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hand Made Valentines

I love Valentines Day and I love making hand made Valentines with my girls. This year we used a method I found over at Let's Explore. You can find it here. It is a print making technique that is super easy and fun for kids to do. This is how it is done:

We used a small cookie sheet that I picked up at the dollar store and placed masking tape on it to mark out the size of our print. Using acrylic paint and a sponge brush my girls covered the area inside the square as carefully as possible with the paint. If we got paint outside of the square we just used a damp sponge to clean it off.

Next using a Q-tip the girls made a design in the paint. Then we took our card stock, placed it on top of the paint and pressed down hard. There you have it - a one of a kind print on each card! We found that each application of paint made about 2 cards.

Now for the extra fun part. Using glitter glue I let the girls go crazy decorating around the prints. This was messy but FUN!!!

Here are just a few of our finished products. We ended up having to make almost 70 cards!!! We have a lot of Valentines this year :)


  1. I LOVE this! What a great project to do with my 4 year old! Thanks!

  2. What a great idea! My little one has 15 valentines to send, so this will come in handy. Thanks.

  3. Very cute idea! I'm filing it away for next year.

  4. Very clever! I'm still a sucker for home made Valentines!

  5. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh my goodness, I love this method of mono-prints! This is so kid friendly! I am going to have to try it!