Published on February 7th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
I’m a ‘Sucker’ For a Cute Valentine
I just adore handmade valentines, and I think most kids do too. It’s nice to get anything at all, but when someone’s mom obviously worked hard to make Valentine’s Day more special for their little minion, well, it makes for a sweet memory. I have memories of both my girls bringing their Valentine’s Day bags home (almost always have they used colored lunch bags as their mailbox), dumping all the candy and cards out and showing me what they got – even if I’d just been there helping with the party at school. Most exciting were the cards. Sure, the candy is nice, but they really appreciated the cards, and we’d chat about what boy chose the Superman cards, what Bratz or Power Puff girls cards that were popular this year, and even what the kids gave to the teacher.
So yeah, I plan on helping you all create some special Valentine’s too with a cute valentine. And hey, don’t think this is just for kids, you know? How sweet for a teen to give his special girl a bouquet of these flowers? Gads, have you seen the cost of roses lately? Save a bundle and make her something more memorable!
Making these was pretty simple, since I used my Cricut Machine. I used the flower from George and Basic Shapes cut at 4 inches. I used Cricut Mother’s Day Bouquet for the green stem leaves cut at 3.25 inches.
After cutting them out using pink and teal papers, I curled the tops of the flowers with my straight ruler. Anything like a popsicle stick, or scissors would be fine as well.
They don’t have to be super even, just curled so when you glue them to the wrapper, that the tips curl away.
Slide the flower onto the stick, with the curls facing up. I add glue to the inside of the flower petals, and let that dry a little to get tacky to stick better.
Now add the leaves, again, I add the glue to the underside so that it gets tacky enough to stick and hold.
Then I carefully cup my hand around the base of the flower, and bring the petals all together. You might need to overlap the petals to finesse the flower.
See how I overlap the petals so they have their own space. make sure to tuck the green leaves in as well.
To finish, I typed the wording on the computer, leaving a space where my punch would be going. I trimmed the cardstock into tag shapes – just a rectangle with the top edges trimmed off, and found some red buttons. I glue dotted the tag onto the flower. Then, I glue dotted the button on top.
What a cute bouquet to give!
This would be just lovely in a mason jar sitting on a desk if you are a teacher or professional!