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Strawberry Valentine // DIY with free printables!

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Valentine’s Day is this Friday! You know what’s super exciting? My kiddo is in preschool and get’s to share Valentines with her classmates. This is so fun for both of us. She helped me come up with the Strawberry Valentine treat idea! She always says, “You’re berry sweet!” instead of “very” (because of a certain strawberry cartoon…). Ok, check out below to make your own with some free printables!

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- free strawberry Valentine printables: strawberry front, strawberry back, leaf front, leaf back, and gift tag.

- green embroidery thread

- embroidery needle

- scissors

- hot glue

- yummy Valentine goody

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Directions:

1. Print out your free printables (all linked in the supplies: click link and right click + save). Optional: make your printouts double sided. I provided fronts and backs for both the leaves and berry. Just be sure to click “two-sided” when printing.

2. Cut out the leaves and strawberry. Just follow the lines of the image on the front side of the printables.

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

3. Fold the berry printable (see image above).

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

4. Hot glue the folded flap to the inside of the opposite edge (see image above).

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

5. Thread the embroidery thread onto your embroidery needle. Tie a large knot onto the end of the thread. Choose one berry “petal” to start with. Poke the needle through the back side to the front side of the printout.

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

6. Continue threading the back of each petal through the front. When you’ve threaded four petals, place your treat in the strawberry.

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

7. Continue threading the berry petals, and tie a knot to secure it.

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

8. Grab your cutout leaf and poke the needle through the back in the center. Then, poke the needle through the back of the gift tag hole and push to the top of the strawberry. Poke the needle back through the top of the leaf. Tie a large knot on the back of the leaf. Cut the thread. Done. Optional: for a more secure leaf, put a couple dots of hot glue behind the leaf and secure.

9. Optional: Want to skip the “sewing”? Well, use hot glue for steps number 5 – 8. Before you glue down the final petal, push a tied off section of embroidery thread through the inside of the strawberry. Push it back through the strawberry top and tie off the thread to make a loop. 

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Done!

- Chelsey

P.S. Turns out I was not the only one with the paper strawberry idea. There’s a TON out there. My fave was definitely the paper strawberry made by Mini-eco for Oh Happy Day.

Valentine Charm DIY

Valentine Charm DIY // thepapermama.com

The 80′s called and they want your craft back! My Valentine Charm DIY is made from the good ‘ol shrinky plastic material I used to make crafts with as a kid… in the 80′s. It’s fun. You color the plastic, bake it, and it’s a magical little charm! I almost forgot about this stuff until I ran across this Shrink Film at the craft store a few months back. It’s still as magical as it was back in 1989.

Valentine Charm DIY // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- Shrink Film

- Valentine Charm printable

- Jump Rings

- necklace chain

- Sharpie Gold Paint Pen

- baking parchment paper

- scissors

- hole punch

- oven

Directions:

1. Print out the Valentine Charm printable. Note: your charm will shrink 50% (you can adjust the print size of the words if you want a smaller charm). 

2. Place a piece of Shrink Film over the printable, and trace the words with your Sharpie Gold Paint Pen. Let dry.

Valentine Charm DIY // thepapermama.com

3. Use your scissors to cut out around your words. Be sure to leave a little space for the hole punch, and maybe an outline from the gold pen? Use the hole punch to cut one or two holes. Optional: Add a gold frame with your paint pen. I got a little crazy and geometric with one of my “let’s just be friends” charms. 

4. Preheat your oven somewhere between 300 and 350 degrees fahrenheit (my Shrink Film bakes great at 330). Place a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet. Put the cut out words on the paper, then lay a piece of parchment over the words. Bake for 2 – 3 minutes (I usually take mine out at 2.5 minutes). Let the words cool completely.

Valentine Charm DIY // thepapermama.com

5. Put your jump rings through the punched out charm holes, string on a necklace chain, AND you’re done!

Valentine Charm DIY // thepapermama.com

Valentine Charm DIY // thepapermama.com

Gift this to your favorite Valentine (or not so favorite…). I think the “Let’s just be friends.” charm is perfect for your best buddy.

- Chelsey

Olive Juice Tea Towel Gift Wrap

"Olive Juice" Tea Towel Gift Wrap // thepapermama.com

I love you, or “Olive Juice” (as my 9-year-old self used to say). Add a cute little touch to your Valentine’s gift this year with an Olive Juice tea towel. Just wrap it around a kitchen gift and give to your Valentine. I wrapped up this neat Preserving book to gift to my favorite chef.

Supplies:

- tea towel from Zazzle

- my freebie “olive juice” image to create your zazzle towel

- a gift (needs to be smaller than the towel)

- some bakers twine

- a little paper heart

How-to:

- Order your towel on Zazzle, using my printable.

"Olive Juice" Tea Towel Gift Wrap // thepapermama.com

"Olive Juice" Tea Towel Gift Wrap // thepapermama.com

"Olive Juice" Tea Towel Gift Wrap // thepapermama.com

- Pick out your gift. Fold the towel over it.

"Olive Juice" Tea Towel Gift Wrap // thepapermama.com

- Fold the ends into the center and pinch the excess towel together. Tie with the baker’s twine, add the paper heart, & done.

"Olive Juice" Tea Towel Gift Wrap // thepapermama.com

"Olive Juice" Tea Towel Gift Wrap // thepapermama.com

If you don’t want to make a towel, you can always just print out my “Olive Juice” image at a print shop to make wrapping paper. Boom…. OR, maybe you just want an Olive Juice print? You can get that here (for 8 x 10).

- Chelsey

P.S. I used the lovely font from IROCKSOWHAT to create the Olive Juice image. This is a sponsored post: Zazzle provided giveaway items for my Alt Summit party in exchange for this blog post.  Check out Zazzle for some AWESOME goodies + Valentine’s gifts

17 of The Cutest Homemade Valentine’s Cards!

I know. It’s only the beginning of January and here I am talking about Valentine’s stuff. I’m crazy. Yup. Valentine’s always sneaks up on me. I just don’t think of it until a couple days before the actual date. Whoops. My kiddo is already talking about all the Valentine’s she’s going to give out to her preschool friends, so I decided to start thinking about what we will make this year. I found a ton of cute ideas. Do you have any favorite ideas?

Bubbles Valentine: Love Stitched.

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Troop Card: Armelle Blog.

http://www.armelleblog.com/2013/02/army-valentines-free-printable.html

Valentine Puzzle: The Knotty Bride.

http://theknottybride.com/34466

Leaping Lizards Card: Trisha B Blog.

http://www.trishabdesigns.com/2013/01/school-class-valentines-lizards.html

Cute Alligator Card: Skip To My Lou.

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/02/06/id-snap-at-the-chance-to-be-your-valentine/

Valentine’s Pencil: The Gunny Sack.

http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/01/valentines-day-pencils-easy-craft-for.html

You’re A Blast: Skip To My Lou.

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/02/04/valentines-rolo-rocket/

Lollipop Photo Card: Eighteen25.

http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/01/you-gotta-see-this_28.html

Fishy Valentine: Tammy Mitchell Designs.

http://www.tammymitchellphotography.com/2011/02/11/make-this-homemade-valentines-o-fish-ally-be-mine/

Valentine Treat Bags: Gimme Some Style.

http://www.gimmesomestyleblog.com/diy-valentines-treat-bags/

Fruit Roll-Ups Valentines: She Knows.

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/981183/fruit-roll-ups-fortune-cookie-valentines

Love Bug Valentines: Dandee.

http://www.dandee-designs.com/2012/02/love-bug-valentines.html

 Lip and Moustache Lollipops: Blonde Designs.

http://blonde-designs.squarespace.com/blonde-designs-blog/2010/2/3/lip-and-moustache-lollipops.html

Valentine’s Garland Mailer: Oh Happy Day.

http://ohhappyday.com/2013/02/valentines-garland-mailer-diy/

Pixie Sticks Valentine’s: Kristen Eldridge.

http://kristineldridge.com/blog/personal-musings/valentines-day-diy-project-long-beach-child-photographer/

Magnifying Glass Valentine: Dandee.

http://www.dandee-designs.com/2011/02/magnifying-glass-valentines.html

Arrow + Pencil: Sweet Muffin Suite.

http://sweetmuffinsuite.com/2012/02/day-4-free-kids-valentine-card-printable/

- Chelsey

P.S. New post over on Better Homes and Gardens! I’ve gathered 23 very adorable handmade Valentine gifts!

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