DIY Toddler Valentines

It’s no coincidence that I suddenly became more crafty as Pinterest became more popular.

I’m crafty. Someone else just needs to be crafty first and post their idea online ๐Ÿ˜‰

So for that sake, I’m not going to even try to pretend I came up with this toddler valentine on my own –the original post is here– but I’m so excited with how well they turned out!

Livi’s first Valentines:

Toddler Valentine Bouquet

We had a painting party on Monday night, which was perfect since it was cold, dreary, and there was no chance that Liv was going to go to bed until 9pm after a super late and long second nap.

Toddler Valentine

Toddler Fingerpainting

We used to do the mess-free fingerpainting, but now that she understands how it works and that the paint isn’t to eat, it’s much easier to let her go painting wild in her high chair.

Livi fingerpainting

For this project, we used the Crayola fingerpaints, while far from “natural” are nontoxic and wash off easily.

happy about fingerprinting

Livi worked hard on her masterpieces (until she said, “all done, all done”)

fingerpainting closeup

And we set the sheets out to dry overnight.

Drying masterpieces

Putting the Valentine Together

This morning, I cut the red and red/blue sheets into hearts,

made the stems out of green,

and cut out a vase.

Toddler valentine

At first I tried arranging the hearts and then adding the stems, but found it was easier to attach the hearts to the stems first (with doublestick tape) and then add them.

Toddler Valentine

So easy and absolutely beautiful for Livi’s grandparents and out-of-town relatives for the upcoming holiday. We just need to add a message to the back and get them in the mail! I’m thinking of framing one for Livi’s room, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you doing Valentines with the kiddos this year? Any fun Valentine’s Day plans?



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  1. Laura @ My Pink Thumb on February 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    what an adorable idea!! i’ll have to remember this ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Avery @ YoungAspirations on February 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Haha! I laughed when I read what you said about Pinterest. I feel the same way! Who knew we were all so crafty after all?! Haha.. love it ๐Ÿ™‚ Liv looks so cute finger painting! Loving the flower craft!

  3. Tara on February 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Aw, Livi looks so cute! I love this idea I’m going to do this with the kids I nanny for tomorrow.

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      i hope they love it!

  4. Miriam on February 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    how cute! i need to do this with my neice! no valentine’s plans, but we’ve got a big trip in March so we are saving for that!

  5. Stephanie on February 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Cute idea! And totally off topic but thats why we dropped the second nap. It got later and later and ruined bedtime each night.

    • Fitnessista on February 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      i think it’s going to need to happen. she just fell asleep and it’s 4:40. pray for me

      • stephanie on February 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        Sounds exactly like us. Though the one nap isnt always long enough so then we end up with super cranky girl. I think it is just something that takes time for them to adjust to. Hope your night goes smoothly!

  6. Shaina Anderson on February 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Omg I love this!! I laughed out loud at your comment about someone else being crafty first – amen sister!

    No crazy V Day plans here. Tripp goes to bed at 6 so my husband is cooking dinner for me!! (We’ll probably eat at 9 haha but it’s special because this literally happens once a year.)

  7. Pam on February 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    What an adorable craft! Great idea to send to Livi’s grandparents and other relatives!! Have a wonderful Valentines Day ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Katie Fox on February 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Great idea!!! I just finished making Valentine’s with my son (7y.o) he really got into writing messages on his cards this year since he is getting better and better with writing. Thanks for sharing!

  9. jenn on February 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Girl, I envy the amount of time you have to do these things. They are super cute!

  10. Brittany @ Kitchen::Candid on February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    That is too cute! What a creative way to utilize her art!

  11. Katie on February 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Oh my gosh…how sweet! I love the “all done…all done” comment. I picture her giving it a good discerning look and thinking “yup, just how I wanted it!”.

  12. Bek @ Crave on February 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

    So cute! I wish I was crafty but I’m not- not even with inspiration or assistance. Fail. ha.

  13. Jerri on February 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Cute idea! BUT this is about Livi’s eyelashes…Good Lord…they are so long I can see them in one of those pics! It is usually the little boys who get such great lashes. She is a living doll!!!

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