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I’m so excited to share with you some fun new photo valentines I created this year! They were all so easy to make, and are really great personalized options for your kids to take to school and pass out to friends and teachers. Most of these are really easy to make yourself (I’ll give you instructions below), but I’m also offering a few of them as a FREE download!
And if you’d like to see the segment I did on Studio 5 (a local Utah lifestyle show), explaining each of these, plus showing how to set up a fun Valentine backdrop, CLICK HERE!
“GOTTA HAND IT TO YOU” VALENTINE
This is a great option for older kids who don’t want to use their face on the valentine. I had my son wear a black shirt (you can use any color shirt) and place his hands in different positions to make it look like he’s “holding” a piece of candy. After you take the picture, play around with the size in order to get the candy proportionate to the hands. You may need to zoom in or out, depending on how big the candy is. I printed out several drafts of each of these and then would go back to Photoshop and readjust if it was still not right. Lots of trial and error, but it’s not hard to do!
HAND IT TO YOU 1 DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE
HAND IT TO YOU 2 DOWNLOAD: COMING SOON!
HAND IT TO YOU 3 DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE
STAR WARS JEDI VALENTINES
I created these valentines for my boys several years ago, and since then they have been pinned and re-pinned SO many times! I get emails all the time, asking how to make them! There isn’t a specific download for these because they really only have two elements to them: the photo itself and the text. Take a picture of your child on an all white background. Make sure that you place them at the bottom of the picture, making sure that you leave a lot of empty space in the picture for the light saber to stick up.
Open the photo in Photoshop, Word, or another program and crop it to the size you’d like (I used 4×6). Then add your text and that’s it! The font I used for this was Star Jedi Outline Regular. You can download it from dafont.com. After you print it, use a craft knife to cut a small slit across the handle of the light saber, then use Pixy Stix or glow bracelets to place in the slit. I usually secure it with a piece of tape on the back.
“WANNA HANG OUT” VALENTINE
This was a fun valentine to make with my oldest son, and he loved how it turned out! This is the exact same concept as the Jedi valentines above, just using the monkey bars instead of a light saber. So it’s the same instructions: take a picture of your child hanging by their legs (or hands) from the money bars.
TIP: keep in mind how you’re going to weave the candy through. You can see in this picture that I didn’t think to have him put his knees close together, resulting in an empty space between his knees. I didn’t want to have to weave the candy more than twice, so I used Photoshop to fill in a red “bar” between his knees. To avoid having to do that, just have them keep their knees together. Then once you print it you just cut slits on the outsides of their knees and weave the candy through. Print it out and add text and you’re done!
BAG TOPPER VALENTINE
Here’s a fun gift to give to a teacher or grandparent! It doesn’t have a specific theme like the valentines above do, so you can really put anything you’d like in the bag. The size of this bag topper is 7.25 x 3.75. That’s the size I chose because that’s the size of cellophane bags that I have. Yours are most likely smaller though, so after you download the file, add your own photo (make sure your photo is the layer below the text layer, and replace the “Love Myles” part, you can flatten the whole image in Photoshop (Layer > Flatten Image), and then resize it to the size you need (Go to Image > Image Size > Change width to the size of the width of your bag). Make sure that the little chain link symbol between the width and the height is selected so that the ratio remains the same and it doesn’t skew the image.
BAG TOPPER VALENTINE DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE
CIRCLE TOPPER VALENTINES
One more super easy idea for valentines is to just use a 1.5″ or 2″ circle cutter to cut out these little toppers, and tape them to the tops of Play-doh cans (you can buy big packs of small ones), or to smaller cans of soda. After you’ve downloaded the file and changed the text to your own child’s name, then you can flatten the image and duplicate it several times onto a new 8 1/2 x 11 page. That way you’ll have a bunch of little circles all on one page and you don’t have to print them out one by one and waste paper! Easy and fun!
PLAY DOH VALENTINE DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE
SODA VALENTINE DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE