Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Valentines Day Cards -- Free Template!!!

Last year my kids and I created some fun animal-themed Valentines for them to take to school and give to their friends.  Tralee and I designed the lay-out (it HAD to be pink, according to her), and the kids picked the animals.  They turned out so darn cute, I thought I would share the template for our creation on here, in case anyone else wanted to give it a go.  I also added a new dinosaur themed Valentines printable, that has various more dino-themed colors.

What you'll need:

1. Printables - download from below
2.  Card-stock (you'll need a hefty paper for this)
3.  Twisty ties (you can get them at any grocery-type store, or be ghetto like me and save them over the year from the bagged bread you buy)
4.  Small toy animals (we bought ours at Michaels.  They're in tubes for like $7.00 each, we used our 50% or 40% off Michaels coupons to purchase them which made it much more affordable.  We bought the Zoo themed tube, and the Pets tube.  They also have dinosaur tubes, so I created a dino printable as well (see below).  However, I've also seen cheaper animals in bags at party stores, so check those out too.  I have a blank printable, in case you have an animal or animals that I don't have a sound for.
5. Scissors
6. Nail or something else small and sharp (for poking holes)

How To:

1.  Print off the printables you'll be using onto card-stock (regular printer paper WON'T work, it's too flimsy)
2.  Cut out Valentines
3.  Poke holes in each card where you'll lace the twisty tie through.  A hole punch was too big, so I just used a standard nail to poke holes.  I'm sure there's a much more eloquent way I haven't thought of.  If you think of one, please share in the comments.
4.  Attach animal with twisty ties
5.  Have child sign name to back of card. . . .and DONE!

Here are some pictures of last year's finished Valentines to give you an idea of what they looked like:

So, I ran out of twisty ties, and found some rubber bands.  I just cut them, and tied them in the back.  It worked fine.  You can get creative if you want to.  String might also work.  Twisty ties just seemed like the easiest option.

Here's Tralee's handiwork on the back:

So, below are the printable templates.  Use any or all that will work for you.  Just click on the pictures, and they will take you to the download link.  Again, if you don't have the same animals we did last year, or you aren't a fan of what I have them saying, there's a template with blank spaces for you to fill in.  Get creative, have fun, and have a Valentines Day filled with love!  Templates below:

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

More FREE Valentine's printables here.

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