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Handprint Valentines

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and yesterday I got a wild hare to make a few valentines with Amelia. I used to make a lot of holiday crafts, even after I left my school library job, but now I’ve got a valid excuse to get out the glue and construction paper: adorable baby hands! Valentine’s Day was made for arts and crafts, especially if itty bitty hands are involved.

Off to Pinterest I went, looking for ideas. I didn’t want to buy any new supplies, and I wanted to involve Amelia in some way. A lot of cute hand or footprint ideas involved paint or glitter… no thanks! Finally I found this pin:

via Krokotak.com
via Krokotak.com

In half an hour, I had cards ready and in the mail to the grandparents: now that’s what I call a Pinterest success!

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

Supplies:

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

  • paper – white and/or colored
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • sharpie or marker
  • hands

This one is so easy, I’ll let the pictures do the explaining:

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

Tip: Trace the hand with the thumb and forefinger on the fold line. With a wiggly baby, I found that putting her in the front-facing carrier and holding her hand down on top of the counter worked best. Once you cut out one handprint, you can use the outline to trace more copies. For maximum efficiency, make an accordion fold to cut out multiple copies from one sheet of paper. I liked the look of white handprints on a colored paper background, but in photographs it’s harder to see the writing (bad blogger, oops!).

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

 

Voila! Now this love bug is ready for Valentine’s Day 🙂

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Handprint Valentines

Looking back at past valentines crafts on the blog, they’re all simple and no-mess: perfect for last-minute crafting if you want to make a batch and put them in the mail this weekend.

The Amateur Librarian // No-Mess Valentine Craft Roundup

 

Without further ado, a roundup of no-mess, child (or adult) friendly valentines!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Hand Embroidered Note Cards

The Amateur Librarian // Lovebird Valentines

Be My Tweet Heart!

The Amateur Librarian // Sign Language Valentines

Sign Language Valentines

Bee Mine Beeswax Valentine

You can count on me when things get sticky! Blow Pop Valentine

Cyclops Valentine

Love Boats

You’re a Hoot Valentine

Paper Heart Chain

Purr-fect Valentine

Seed Packet Valentine

Sole Mate Valentine

Vintage Valentine Banner // The Amateur Librarian

Valentine Clothesline Photo Gallery

Valentine Garland

Vintage Valentine Banner // The Amateur Librarian

Vintage Valentine Banner

Woven Hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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