Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"How To" Tuesday

Be UNIQUE... Make your own Valentines!
We often spend time at the table doodling and coloring. A few days ago I drew a sock monkey couple that maybe only I thought was super cute. The boys... not so much. They were very much more interested in coloring pictures of Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Clutch Powers. Either way, I printed a larger image of my sock monkey couple and got to coloring it. When it was finished I thought it would make a really neat (and unique) Valentine's Day card.
Preparing for Garrett's Valentines gifts for his class, I bought packs of pencils at Target (found in the dollar bin) and used supplies I already had lying around the house. The colored image was scanned into the computer and printed to wallet sized prints. I cut them out and attached them to a pencil. Easy, right?

It really is! If you have scrap booking supplies (trimmers, decorative scissors, corner punches, etc.) you can get REALLY creative with the cutting. I have lots of that stuff, but opted for a simple, clean line along the edges. A basic hole punch (if you don't have this, they're only about $1.40 in the office supplies section of your local store) was used to add a hole to the corner. I threaded curling ribbon and tied it to a pencil. That's it!

Now all the kiddo needs to do is write a note or his name on the back and he's good to go! Although... he did tell me he doesn't want to use my pretty sock monkey cards. Instead he'll finish his Lego Indiana Jones coloring page and THAT'S the picture he'll use. It's just as well... I'd rather it be his artwork, anyway!
Garrett's finished card.

Feel free to print a sock monkey coloring page for your little artist found HERE. Have a fun and crafty day!

(Please comment... I'd love to hear from you!)


Jillian RV said...

Your picture is so cute...I love sock monkeys, and I think the card was a great idea! Too bad he opted for his Indiana Jones, though!

hoffee and a nuffin said...

Thanks so much! Don't forget to print a picture to color for yourself. Really, Indiana Jones is EVERYTHING to that boy. It really is appropriate for him :)