I can be frugal (aka cheap) about the silliest things. Sometimes I get all crazy and don’t want to buy something super cheap like Valentine’s day cards for my kids to hand out at school (because I want to get rid of the ones we didn’t use from last year – duh).
We had enough leftover from last year to cover my son’s pre-school class and I was only 10 short for my daughter’s class.
Instead of buying a whole pack when I only needed 10, I consulted the interwebs and printed what I needed on cheap card stock. My daughter cut them out and wrote on the back.
I’m sure the printer ink and card stock cost way more than a pack of V-day cards but whatever.
Valentine’s Day printables
Check out Craftionary and Pinterest – you will see so many printable cards (and banners, gift tags, etc.) to choose from that you will have a hard time choosing.
My absolute 2 favorite printables were this arrow valentine that holds a pencil and this bookmark.
Get to printin’, Smarties!
Valentines made from a child’s handprint
Handprint and footprint crafts are my jam. Know why? They are so freakin’ easy! And many years later, when you find it under your kid’s bed, you will try to remember those tiny hands and feet but you’ll be too busy basking in the glow of the “dang, I’m a good mother” memory because you did crafts with your kids.
We made this handprint valentine for the grandmas. I also like this Love handprint footprint valentine. (Crafter’s note: I couldn’t use red paint because I’m in season 4 of Breaking Bad and they looked like bloody hands to me…just sayin’. Please ignore my craziness and go ahead and use red.)
Valentine critter crafts
I showed my daughter this cute valentine mouse (I know, I know…never should cute and mouse be in the same phrase) and she had it knocked out in 10 minutes.
How about a Panda, Caterpillar, or Penguin? Easy peazy lemon squeezy.
Valentine’s Day shoe box
There are some really easy and super cool ideas to transform your plain old shoebox into a valentine-holding-masterpiece. When I say easy, I mean “Elmer’s-glue-spray-paint-and-a-stapler” easy. Try the Monster, Robot or Dog. We made a robot and a monster.
Like I always say, Smarties, if Team Bowman can craft it then YOU can craft it better!