My love of making Valentine’s Day Cards started with my Nanna.
She made and sent them to us every year when I was a kid. She used construction paper, red or white doilies and stickers – usually Peanuts characters. I loved to get those and I love to create handmade Valentines.
I actually have some paper doilies. Some of them are probably part of Nanna’s old stash. When I brought them out last year the kids weren’t real excited about them, so I decided to try some different things this year.
The first couple projects we made didn’t come out great. (Good thing we started working on them early in January!) They were kind of fun but too dependent on being able to replicate a heart shape. That was a little frustrating for the kids who hadn’t mastered that skill and didn’t want my help.
We got out some old newspapers and a set of watercolor paints and spread out on the floor with one goal: cover a sheet of newspaper with paint!
The result was happy kids, water everywhere and many sheets of colorful newspaper! The kids got to have some unrestricted artistic fun, and I got lots of material for making pretty cards.
Painted Newspaper Valentine’s Day Cards
My favorites are the Window Cards. I cut a heart shaped window out of the card front and taped a piece of newspaper behind.
These are pretty too . . . who says Valentine’s Day cards have to be red and pink! The heart is cut from the newspaper and glued to a flat card.
When one of the twins saw the pile of painted newspaper on the table he almost wadded it all up – trying to help clean up!
Of course he wanted to know why I was saving it when I asked him to keep it flat. When I told him it was for making Valentine’s Day cards his response was, “Hobo Valentines?” Funny boy . . . but he sparked an idea.
What if we didn’t have any card stock? We could use paper bags! So just for fun . . .
The Chipotle Collection!
The Chick-fil-A Collection!
There you go . . . Valentine’s Day cards that can be made from recycled materials if you want – or not!
Have you ever painted newspaper?