Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Will You Be My Paint Chip Valentine?


The girls and I were busy crafting up these handmade Valentine's Day cards made from leftover paint chips (found free at any hardware or paint store). We had a bunch of different shades of red and pink, which made perfect Valentine cards!


To make your own paint chip Valentine's, place two paint chips back-to-back as shown above.


I used a zig zag stitch around the perimeter of the card, and trimmed the edges with pinking shears. Very quick!

Emily and I took turns punching out hearts with the help of our heart-shaped hole puncher...


...and the girls went to town decorating their handmade Valentine's! For Clara, I put down a few dots of glue and she placed the hearts on top. Great practice for fine-motor skills, and she was so proud of herself!


Emily got to practice some handwriting, and she is looking forward to mailing these off to Grandma!



These were so much fun to make!!

21 comments:

Mark said...

Dear Valerie,

I wonder if one of those valentines is for me? O:-)

Love,
Mark

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

very cute =)

Anonymous said...

Isn't Valentin's Day fun as well as a day to be just extraordinarily creative. What a nice way to say , Will you be my valentine?

Booklover1212 said...

Too darn cute! I'm a little bummed that I don't own a sewing machine!!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

Mama King said...

Love the sewing element of the card. Very pretty!

By the way, I finally resent the package to you - yesterday. I apologize for it taking sooo long to get to you. Fingers crossed it should get to you by next week, the latest.

Ivy said...

Adorable.

Danielle said...

These are adorable! Too bad I don't have a sewing machine :( Maybe we could clue ours and use some stickers around the edges or something. Will have to look around and see what I can find! Thanks for the idea!

Sophie said...

Love the idea of sewing on card... what are paint chips?

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

what an awesome idea - I so love it! You are SOOOOOOOO creative! I love your blog! :)

Wonder Mom said...

Shagdelic! We are doing something with paint chips too (but the sewing machine is DEFINITELY not involved!).

Marie said...

I love this! Do you use a special needle on your machine when you sew through paper? I've never used my machine for paper so I'm clueless.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Marie -- Nope, I just use a plain ol' regular needle. For something like this, it should be fine. I've sewn through craft foam before, and I had to adjust the thread tension a bit, but I didn't have to do anything for the paint chips. Have fun!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I really love it - as always very frugal and very creative.

vanessa said...

These are adorable!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

So cute! I love that you used paint chips. I use those all the time. :)

Love Val

Elise said...

I love that you sewed the paint chips togehter - such sweet and unique cards.

Just Breathe said...

What a great idea. Okay now all the stores are going to be wondering where all the pink and red chips went!

Petula said...

Those are super cute. I actually bought the children V-Day cards from the dollar store about a month ago before they were all picked over so no crafting for us. :)

Gaby said...

Super cute!! Thanks for the idea!

Christy said...

So very clever. They look so pretty too!

Charlene said...

What a great idea!!

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