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.
Valentine Kids Card 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 Camera Plus app on my iPhone, I used the “Depth of Field” in FX Effects to blur the background a bit:
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From there, I sent the photo 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):
Again, not rocket science.
After the pictures were saved as a JPEG, I uploaded them to Walgreens where they were having a print sale (Buy 25, get 25 free with code SHARE25). You can also print free pictures on Shutterfly and just pay for shipping. This gave us enough to hand out to everyone in each of their classes, plus a few leftover for the scrapbook (if I ever get around to that!).
The pictures were ready the next day, so I stopped by Walgreens after taking the kids to school to pick up the pics. Sometimes you’ll find bags of Dum Dum Pops on sale at drugstores as well (or you can grab them on Amazon below).
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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?