Valentine’s Card: You’re a reel catch!

You're a reel catch

My kiddo is in preschool…. SO that means Valentines cards! I know I’m more excited about these cards and this whole “holiday” than Miss R, but I know she’ll get more excited on the day. Why? Well, she’ll get a ton of candy. AND, in my kiddo’s world… candy = a good day.

The hardest part of this whole project: getting my child to participate and smile for this photo. She was happy one minute, then I mention taking her photo and it all went downhill. I eventually bribed her with a piece of chocolate. I got ONE sorta smile (see above) and MANY grumpy photos (see last photo).

You're a reel catch valentine

How to do it:

- Get your kiddo to hold a stick (maybe a broom) and take a photo. We had an old dowel, so that worked. This will help you place the fishing pole (aka stick).

- If you’d like, add the wording “You’re a reel catch!”, or “You’re reel neat!” to the image in photoshop or another photo editing program. OR, you can just handwrite this out on a piece of card stock and tape it to the photo.

- Use an x-acto knife to cut a couple slits to slip in the fishing pole (the sticks I had came from an old floral display). Tape the sticks on the back of the photo to make it more secure.

You're a Reel catch valentine

- Tie a string on the end of the fishing pole, and the other end of the string to a piece of candy. I purchased some swedish fish and individually wrapped them up in saran wrap.

you're a reel catch valentine

- Print out my free Trout Printout (right and left). Cut them out and tape them to each side of the swedish fish.

trout free printout

- Done!

The whole assembly of this project took about 1 hour (maybe a little longer since kiddo was “helping”). Cost was around $8 for 20 Valentines.¬†Even though this photo below is super grumpy/sassy… I think it’s my favorite. This is pretty much a look she gives me EVERY day. We’ll save these special Valentines for her BFF’s. Hee.

youre a reel catch valentine

- Chelsey

P.S. if you make this Valentine, please share a photo link in the comments below! I’d love to see it.



24 Responses to “Valentine’s Card: You’re a reel catch!”

  1. Simone says:

    very very clever and creative , I might something like this a try with my daughter , i will probably end up doing all the work as she gets distracted very easily.. they will be worth it

  2. chris says:

    Probably the most creative card I've seen yet:) Can't wait to give it a shot.

  3. alisonsmom says:

    oh my goodness, that is amazing. Where you have time for such awesome creativity-ness is beyond me!!!!

    thank you for sharing though! :)

  4. Susannah says:

    These are adorable! I love the creativity!

  5. melissa says:

    that is so cute! we did something similar where rowan is looking up like something weird is on her head then we put a heart sucker turned arrow through her head! posting about it next week!

  6. Omg soooo cute, wow I sound like a little kid.

  7. pinkbears says:

    When I saw the pun, my first thought was to groan… :) But these really are adorable – great idea!

  8. Crystalyn says:

    I can't even tell you how fantastic these are! Ah the infamous chocolate bribe. I just used it this morning haha!

  9. luisa says:

    always so creative!
    i'm still absolutely head-over-heels in love with your teepee.. i have recently become a mom and, though she's only 3 months-old, i'm already planning to make her one.. and of course i'll have to find a sheet as beautiful as the one you got.. otherwise, it wouldn't be such a fashionable teepee :)

    even though i don't post many comments, i'm a fan of your blog!
    have a great day!

  10. Heather says:

    That is adorable!! You're such a creative mama! Pinning to save for my future children! ;)

  11. Lindsay says:

    Those are so adorable! Is it crazy that I am excited for my kiddo to go to preschool so I can do fun stuff like this? :)

  12. Anna says:

    Ha! The grumpy one is awesome!! :)

  13. Chloe Moon says:

    Aww! This is so cute!! I wish I had kids because that last picture is so awesome! I would so do this idea!! =)

  14. Heather says:

    Soooo cute! I love her grumpy/sassy face best!

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