There’s nothing quite like waiting until the last minute to get things done. Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of Valentine’s Day.
The hardest thing about lack of organization is how those holidays sneak up on you. It’s all, “Oh, it’s February. We’ve got to start thinking about Valentine’s Day.” And somehow the 2 weeks you thought you had turn into 2 days.
No matter, we can do this. Last minute = adrenaline = creativity. Right?! Who’s with me?
In this house, 3 children = 80 valentines. Whew! I’m already tired.
Since Big takes after me, she wants to make a personalized valentine for each of the 45 she needs. She is continuing her tradition of doing thumbprint valentines. She doesn’t want help this year, so she drew lines on paper to make 6 out of an 8.5×11 in. paper. I’ll keep you posted since this is all she has so far.
Middle is drawing personalized valentines for her 16 valentines. I cut 8.5×11 in. cardstock into fourths for her. She used sparkly gel pens and came up with this:
Little needs more direction. She needs 24 valentines and wants to use butterflies. Now lucky for me, a few weeks ago I found some cute 6×6 in. valentine paper in the Target dollar aisle. I knew it would come in handy (someday).
I created a cut file with butterflies, hearts, and the word love written two different ways. (As an added bonus for you, I’ve included the cut file so you can finish your last-minute valentines too.)
Once cut out, I gave her all the pieces and (3!) glue sticks and she is creating these masterpieces. (Me thinks the lady doth use too much glue.) She’s signing the back and voila!
On top of this, Middle needed a box. She loves pandas, so obviously she wants a panda box. We found a shoe box and created this:
I used the panda I designed for her birthday and broke the pieces apart to make it more 3 dimensional. (Sole Man says we should have made it a smiling panda, but I was thinking about making sure the valentines would fit.) You can’t see the side, but she put black ovals for a side view of arms and legs. She added the bow for personality. (I cringe at the use of scotch tape, but this is her project.) I helped with the back flap door that loops around the button tail for easy removal of valentines. (She got a kick out of making the flap on the panda’s bottom.)
While we were working on these, I realized that I should probably do something for my family on Valentine’s Day to make them feel special. So I started playing with a 3d heart. I came up with two ideas.
I’m not sure what to do next. I could pack a little treat in it for lunch boxes. I could glue it to a larger piece of cardstock. Do you have ideas? But be quick. We only have 2 more days…