When I started to think about writing a Valentine’s Day post, I immediately thought about all of the homemade valentines that I’ve made for my kids over the years. From the time they were old enough to understand the concept of Valentine’s, I have made a point of creating some sort of homemade valentine card or gift each year for both of them. My kids are now in their 20’s, so I have made quite a few. I thought this would be an easy post to write because all I would have to do is lay out a bunch of cards and then just explain how I made them. However, when I asked my kids if I could photograph their valentines, it turned out that they hadn’t saved them!
At first, I was shocked and a little hurt. Afterall, I had put quite a bit of time and effort into making all kinds of valentines: origami hearts, paper fortune cookies, fans, little booklets, elaborate woven 3-D hearts, you name it. And when I made them, I imagined that my kids would treasure them; so that when they were adults, they’d have a collection of tangible expressions of their mother’s love. Who wouldn’t want that? What I failed to take into consideration is that kids are notoriously unsentimental. They thought the cards were nice, but they were much more interested in the candy or trinkets that accompanied them. This should have been obvious to me, but I foolishly assumed they would have the same feeling about homemade cards that I did (I may be a bit of a crazy hoarder, but I saved everything they’ve made me since they were little).
Needless to say, I was disappointed. However, after thinking about it a bit, I realized that the cards themselves don’t matter. They were important because they were a way to tell my kids how much I loved them. And today, there is no doubt in my mind that my children got the message of those cards.
Being the packrat that I am, I did find a few of the more substantial valentines I made my kids, and I thought I would share them with you.
When she was in grade school, I helped my oldest child make a Valentine box for school. She wanted a pink one with butterflies, so we painted a shoebox, and I cut out butterfly shapes using hearts for wings. We then added lots of decoration with sparkly puffy paint.
My younger child was too little and not interested in crafts, so I made my baby a heart-shaped box, which I painted, covered with layers of hand-punched flowers, and a large red bow.
I always loved the reaction of my children when they were surprised by their gifts under the tree on Christmas or their baskets on Easter morning. Valentine’s Day was not as big a deal. I usually put their card and candy at their places on the breakfast table. But always wanting more drama, I created curtains of conversation heart-studded streamers. My husband and I hung the streamers from their door frames after they fell asleep on the night before Valentine’s Day, so they woke up to a cascade of silly love notes.
Since I am a total girly girl, I loved giving my kids fun inexpensive heart-themed jewelry for Valentine’s Day. Because of this, I was always looking for unique ways to present the jewelry gifts. One year, I had seen a tutorial on “Martha Stewart” for making padded jewelry pouches. So, I decided to sew one for each child using a sweet pink and yellow bumble bee print fabric. Since I made these pouches many years ago, I couldn’t find the tutorial for making this particular jewelry bag, but this one is the same idea.
Continuing with the jewelry theme, one Valentine’s, I gave my kids necklaces that had hidden compartments in which I placed tiny rolled up love notes. That year, I hand painted heart-shaped trinket boxes to hold the necklaces.
One of the only paper valentines that survived is this embellished origami card.
As you can see, none of these valentines are not perfectly executed. What is important is that they were made with love. However, you choose to do it, showing your loved ones how you feel about them is what’s important.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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