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.Β 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.


  • Simone on said:

    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

  • chris on said:

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

  • alisonsmom on said:

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

    thank you for sharing though! πŸ™‚

  • Susannah on said:

    These are adorable! I love the creativity!

  • melissa on said:

    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!

  • FaerieBarista on said:

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

  • pinkbears on said:

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

  • Crystalyn on said:

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

  • luisa on said:

    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 πŸ™‚

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

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I find that sheet pattern at thrift shops all the time. πŸ™‚

      • luisa on said:

        it's a shame here in Spain we don't have the thrifting culture… i'd love to find something that cute! we do have many really really inexpensive shops to buy stuff like that, though. I still haven't found the right one, though. By the way.. how old was your little girl when you made her the teepee? I'm asking you so that i know at what age she'll be able to really enjoy something like that..

  • Heather on said:

    That is adorable!! You're such a creative mama! Pinning to save for my future children! πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsay on said:

    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? πŸ™‚

  • Anna on said:

    Ha! The grumpy one is awesome!! πŸ™‚

  • Chloe Moon on said:

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

  • Heather on said:

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

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