I’ve been on the lookout on Pinterest lately for some cute homemade Valentines for my daughter’s classmates at school. Knowing I had to make 21 of them was limiting in that I didn’t want them to be too complex or too expensive. I pinned some that were so cute but would take me literally a whole day to make. I pinned others that would be so fun, but would cost an arm and a leg for the number that I need. These paper butterflies looked like the happy medium.
I went to the original website, downloaded the pattern, and printed them out on patterned paper that I got in the dollar section at Target (love it!). My printer wasn’t cooperating, so you can see how the words didn’t print totally clearly around the edges. The original tutorial used cardstock, so I’m thinking that my printer was thrown off by the pattern. Maybe you have an awesome printer that won’t be. Anyway, about halfway through, I was irritated enough to just trace the rest by hand and give up on the borders.
Next, I used a craft knife to cut slits, stuck the suckers in, and hot glued googly eyes onto them. I chose not to embellish the wings with stickers or glitter just because I didn’t want to go to all that extra work for something that’s just going to be thrown away. 🙂
The finished product…aren’t they sweet? My kids couldn’t keep from playing with them.
It was really a quick project, and I just know my daughter’s kindergarten classmates will get a kick out of them! They’ll be a fun change-up from all the store-bought Valentine’s that will be exchanged that day.
What kind of Valentines will your kids be giving out this year?