For the last few years I’ve notice a trend in trading Valentines at my kids’ school. In almost every instance the Valentine included something sweet and I’m not referring to the look or wording. I’m referring to candy. My kids come home with tons of sweets. Although they are thrilled, it makes me wonder when did Valentine’s Day become Halloween? In an effort to reduce the sugar my children consume and their classmates, I’ve asked my favorite graphic designer, Ciera of Ciera Design to create a Valentine’s Day card that would hold a sweet, but sugar-free pencil. Here’s what we came up with…
So cute, right? Don’t you love the fun arrow and triangle patterns with pops of coral, pink and tangerine? To coordinate with the four designs, I ordered four packs of white pencils with special messaging in gold lettering especially for this project -“XOXO”, “Oh Happy Day!”, “Your’re All Write By Me”, and my fave, “Love is All You Need.”
For this project you’ll need white pencils (messaging optional, but ordered here), although standard yellow would work too, scissors (a hole punch is also handy), a color printer and white paper (a heavier card stock works best) and the free PDF file. White feathers and gold twine wrapped around the top of the pencil is optional.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- download the free Valentine’s Day printable (PDF download here), print on white card stock paper and cut out (four cards per page)
- using scissors or hole punch (this would be easier for kids), cut or punch at the marked lines
- write in the “to” and “from” (gold marker looks great!)
- create an arrow look by wrapping white feathers like this around each pencil and tying with gold twine (although adorable, this is time consuming and a more expensive option)
- slide one pencil through the holes allowing the pencil message to be visible
- that’s it! super easy right?
I hope you like this Valentine’s Day project as much as I do!
*all images by Ciera Design for Simplified Bee