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I Love You With All My Heart!

This is the time when every parent is scrambling to help their child make Valentine’s for their kid’s class or prepping the items they volunteered to bring for the class party. But why shouldn’t YOU, the hard working parent, receive your own special Valentine’s present from your child, or children? Here is a super special, easy to make gift using your kid’s hands to create the perfect Valentine “heart” that you’ll want to keep forever! (P.S. Grandparent’s love them too!) Here’s how to make them:

The text template is available for download here. It includes two options: 1) “I Love You With All My” for one set of hand print hearts, or 2) “We Love You With All Our” for multiple sets of hand print hearts. Many of the materials used are adaptable, but here is what I used:

Pink Craft Paint
Paintbrush
12 x 12 Canvas Board
Pink. Medium Point, Oil Based, Sharpie Paint Pen
Purple, Fine Point, Oil Based, Sharpie Paint Pen
Decorative ribbon
Hot Glue Gun
Text Template Printed
Scotch Tape

Here are the steps:

1. Use the paintbrush to paint your child’s hand. If you have more than one child, I recommend using a different color paint for each set of hands to really make them stand out! Help them place one hand down following the angle you see in the picture, pick that hand up, and place down the other hand to create the heart shape look. Then let it dry completely before moving to the next step.

2. Rub your pencil on the back side of the text template paper to give it a lead covering (this is what we like to call “old school transferring”). Tape your text template where you want it transferred on the board, and with a pencil or ballpoint pen, trace the outline of the text. When you are done, detach your template and you should see a light outline of your text from the lead rubbing.

3. Use your Sharpie Paint Pens to color in the text.

4. Cut and arrange your ribbon to frame your loving message, I weaved the ends that crossed over each other for aesthetic reasons. And once you are happy with the placement of the ribbon, secure it from the front with tape (scotch tape, or masking will do). Flip it over and secure the ends of the ribbon by gluing them to the back of your board with a hot glue gun. And you are done!


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