I admittedly do not have a full blown Pinterest obsession yet, but when I found these Pinterest Valentine’s Cards, I knew this kids’ photo project was one I had to try this Valentine’s Day!
To reiterate, I am not what you would call a ‘crafty gal’. I’m sure you could get much more creative than I did, but I wanted to share the steps for this fun homemade Valentine’s Card kids photo project.
So I grabbed my kids after school and snapped these pictures of them after running around on the playground for an hour (think natural, not staged). With the the Camera Plus app on my iPhone, I used the “Depth of Field” in FX Effects to blur the background a bit:
From there, I sent it to my computer to add the Bible verse (John 15:13), “Happy Valentine’s Day”, and their names via Adobe Photoshop (you could also do this VERY easily with an AMAZING free photo app called PicMonkey):
After the pictures were saved as a JPEG, I uploaded them to Walgreens.com where they were having a print sale (Buy 25, get 25 free with code SHARE25). This gave us enough to hand out to everyone in each of their classes, plus a few left over for the scrapbook (if I ever get around to that!).
The pictures were ready this morning, so I stopped by Walgreens after taking the kids to school to pick up the pics, along with a bag of Dum Dum Pops that were on sale for $2 a bag (and had plenty in one bag to cover both classes). After school we came home and laid everything out on the kitchen table. I used a razor blade to cut slits just above and below their fist while the kids wrote their friends’ names on the back of the pictures.
Then, the kids slid the Dum Dum Pops through the slits and Voila! Here is our final product:
In retrospect, I wish I’d had the kids hold their arms at more of an angle like the original pictures, but still, I can’t believe we have these done almost a week before Valentine’s Day!
Are you planning anything crafty and creative for your kids’ Valentine’s Day cards?