Last week, we went to the store to let the kids pick out the cards that they wanted to give out for Valentine’s Day. There were a lot of styles, colors and characters to choose from and the prices ranged anywhere from $2.00 for a box of 12 with no treat/pencil/sticker, and went up to around $8.00 for cards that included candy or a prize. The kids looked around for a good 30 minutes, when they asked if we could just make our own. We did this last year and they loved it. I have to say that I am happy for this decision.
Last year, I remember seeing a photo of a child with their hand out, holes punched where the hand was at and a lollipop sticking through the hand; just like the child was handing his/her friend a treat. We were on a time crunch, so I decided to go through recent pictures to see if something would work and I came up with these photos. Kambry’s picture is from Halloween. I thought this fit perfectly with the Valentine theme since she was wearing pink and her hands were positioned almost like she could hold something ‘on’ the card itself. Tucker’s photo is from last week when he won a wrestling tournament. He was holding his hand out, showing me his medal. I created the following cards in Photoshop and on Tucker’s, I covered the medal with a graphic heart. The overall Valentine Photoshop template was a purchase from Etsy.
I think these turned out sooo stinking cute on my computer screen! I was about to go run some errands, so I decided to upload these two creations to Wal-Mart.com’s photo lab for one hour printing. When I went to pick them up, I was so very happy with what I saw. They didn’t crop, as the website suggested (thank you!) and they had actually included envelopes for no charge. (again, thank you, Wal-Mart!)
While we were at Wal-Mart, we picked up some dollar goodies and some heart suckers. Kambry saw glow bracelets and really wanted those for her friends. When we got home, I set everything out and noted what we ended up with.
We ended up making 30 for Tucker’s photo (20 for his class + 10 to mail to family) & 22 of Kambry’s photo (12 for her class + 10 to mail to family). With the class cards, I punched holes in the middle of the card on top and bottom, then slid in a pencil (1st grade class) or glow bracelet (preschool class), then added a glitter heart foam sticker where the medal/heart was at on Tucker’s card, and used a double glitter foam heart to hold a lollipop on Kambry’s card. While I am grateful that Wal-Mart included envelopes, we ended up not using or needing them, so we are going to save them for another holiday where we can make cards for class or family.
How much did I spend on making a total of 50 cards?
A TOTAL of $12.29.
I have to say that I am very happy how these came out and even more happy that the kids Valentine’s Day Cards are made this far in advance. Mama’s on a roll!
Do you buy cards for your child’s class or do you make your own? I’d love to see what you do!
** Note: This is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive compensation from anyone for this post. I am posting how you can make your own Valentine’s Day Cards for pretty much cheaper than you can buy store pre-made cards **