It’s no shock to those that know me that I’m pretty crafty. To those who know me very well, it’s also no shock that I’ll start a project and get tired of it FAST if it takes too much time. Just take a peek into my knitting basket of unfinished great projects.
A month ago, I pinned a very cute Valentine’s idea. I pinned a LOT of Valentine’s ideas because I’m more of a “collector” than a “do-er” in Pinterest when it comes to some projects. This one, I was pretty sure I could do and had most of the materials.
Even better, I took photos of the process…which means blog post!
The project was chalkboard Valentine’s cards. Basic idea was stand a kid beside a chalkboard message, make sure their hand is formed for ‘holding’ a lollipop, and take photos. Print out 4×6, cut slits and be done. Simple, huh? And right up my alley!
First I had to locate a large enough chalkboard, because our Ikea easel wasn’t going to do the trick. I spent $5 at Office Max and bought a black science project board. Like most well-intended ‘pinners’, I found spare chalkboard spray paint around the house from my last great idea. ($8 saved!) I sprayed two light and non-precise layers over my black project board (after I duct taped the creases on the back so they wouldn’t bend).
Sorry, there are no photos from this portion of the show, as I quickly jumped in after only 5 minutes of prep (get board from the car, tape it, find paint!). I let the board dry overnight, because it got dark outside. Otherwise it would have been chalk-ready in about an hour. It dries super fast.
Next, I had to convince the highly skeptical boy that this was indeed a very rockin’ Valentine’s card idea…no Transformers, or Lightening McQueen…but he wouldn’t have to sign his name (and his friends’ names) twenty times. He was quickly on board. I set my board in the dining room near the wall of windows, wrote a quick message with sidewalk chalk & moved Donovan into place. From there it was simply snap, adjust the boy, coax him to hold his fist the right way, and coach him into not giving “that bored smile”.
After a quick edit, the photos were off to Target via their online printing service. I usually hate store prints because they’re glossy…but these were cheap so I couldn’t complain. In addition, I got a coupon for $1 off of ten prints. My total was $3.90! I picked three different looks (because I’m indecisive like that!).
As for tools needed, I have a cutting mat and an Xacto knife. You could also use a metal ruler, if you’re not so confident about your freestyle cutting abilities. I’m a pretty good cutter, so I freestyled it. From there it was about cutting the right angle to slip in the best tasting lollipop on Earth. A slit at the top of his fit and a slit at the bottom. After carefully placing them, we were finished! Overall the actual ‘work’ for this project on my end probably amounted to 45 minutes!
Making the slit not large enough results in forcing in the stick, which doesn’t work so well with photo paper! I only ripped one. Because of the sharp object, and careful placing of the lollipop, I wouldn’t say this is one you can really get too much help from little ones. Donovan did pass me the lollipops though . All in all – I spent $12 for 24 custom Valentines. Not bad!