Attention readers (1/31/13): Due to the popularity of the DIY Valentine You Rule Project, I have reposted the information on my new blog RE:LocatedLiving.com and as a bonus have included a printable. See you at my new home. Hope you will follow me there where I will have plenty cool projects to come.
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This year I decided to get a little more ambitious with Valentine, partly inspired by my Modern Valentine Inspiration board. The banner above takes a cue from the design seen here, but is even simpler to make. I lucked out while browsing the aisles of Michael’s and found thin red foam “paper” that came PRE-glittered. I had fully intended to buy adhesive and glitter, but when I saw the pre-glittered paper (at only $1.49 per sheet), I knew that it was meant for me. While I do love making things, I also believe in using shortcuts when possible. Avoiding getting glitter all over the house was one very worthwhile shortcut. All I had to do was 1) outline the shapes of the letters, 2) cut with scissors, 3) string on some baker’s twine. Et voila!
For my son’s class gift, I actually figured out a non-candy gift to distribute to his classmates. It’s a ruler! The project was super simple. 1) I scored vintage-looking wood rulers at Target for 47 cents each, 2) I printed the “You Rule” message on some red construction paper, 3) cut slits on either end to slide the ruler through and decorated with a little glitter-heart from left-over scraps. Did I mention the glitter paper also came with an adhesive backing? Peel and stick. How cool!
Lastly, I created this T-shirt for my son. He wears a uniform to school but for Valentine kids are encouraged to wear red or pink. I looked around for cute, inexpensive T-shirts to suit the occasion like I had found last year, but to no avail. So, I decided to make one using a simple T-shirt from Michael’s that cost a mere $2.50, plus some iron-on letters. Initially I thought I might go with an “XOXO” message as I like it’s graphic nature, but since my son and his class mates are just 4, I didn’t think using letters, that are used as symbols for hugs and kisses would aid in their literacy. In fact, I thought it might be a tad confusing.
Hope you like these ideas. Do tell me what you’ve come up with.