Looking for a cheap, creative last-minute Valentine idea? Look no further!
I didn’t want to do the same store-bought superhero valentines that every other little boy has so I went to my favorite friend, Pinterest, looking for ideas that I could actually pull off. I saw a bunch of personalized photo cards that people had done and loved that idea. Plus, you don’t need to be crafty to do it!
I went to Target and got a 24-pack of robot pencils for $3. Then I came home, took Carter outside and stood him against a brick wall, and took a few pictures of him. You’ll want to do the pictures vertically so they can support the length of the pencil, and if you have the ability, it’s a cute look to have your aperture wide open so the hand comes out a bit blurry (Carter’s hand got a little blown out but do as I say, not as I do!)…gives it a better 3D look that way.
I uploaded the picture to PicMonkey, cropped it, resized it to be 4×6, and then added some text. Next step was to upload to Target Photo’s site to pick up in the store. They were having a photo sale so I was able to get 24 pictures for another $3. 30 minutes later I got an email that the photos were done and I left to go pick them up.
I thought I could use a hole punch to make the holes for the pencil but when I inserted the pencil it made the photo way too bendy. So don’t do that.
Instead, I took the Internet’s advice and used an Exacto knife to score two 1/2″ lines along the top and bottom of his hand. That worked perfectly!
For $6 and almost no time at all, we have a very cute, personalized Valentine. And there’s no candy so it conforms to a lot of new school rules.
Looking for more last-minutes Valentine ideas? Check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board for more (including some awesome Minecraft valentines!)