Nothing says love like handmade. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I get excited about making little tokens of affection. Sometimes, it’s baking for friends and or sweet written notes, but when it comes to the children, I love using their photos for handmade valentines. This year, pixie sticks were the sweet treat, adorned with a photo and a little flag. It’s a no-fuss project they are thrilled to hand out to all their friends!
Step one: If you own photoshop, take a photo of your child and use the elliptical marquee tool to draw a circle around their face. Then right click and choose ‘select inverse.’ Delete the outside of the circle and use the move tool to move to a blank page. Move as many of these circles to your blank page as you need, then print the page. I printed on regular old card stock.
Step two: Cut out the circles. I chose to leave a white space around the circle because it was easier to cut in a nice rounded line. If you do not own photoshop, print out 4x6s of your child and use a circle template (found at craft stores) to trace around the child’s face. Then simply cut around the line.
Step three: Using a glue stick, attach the circle to the top of the pixie stick.
Step four: Attach a little flag to the pixie stick. I chose to print out strips that said the child’s name, but you could achieve an equally cute result by gluing a little strip of ribbon around. Or tie a bow! The possibilities are endless!
If you’re inspired to get crafty, check out my Valentine’s Day DIY from last year! http://kristineldridge.com/?p=3622