Okay… so I am not sure how Valentines Day came up so quick… maybe now that Pierce’s (my youngest) birthday is in the mix on February 6th, I can’t think past that until its done and then T-Ball started… either way not only did Valentines Day sneak up on me it is also a day early in our school district because our kids (for whatever reason) have Friday off. Bah!
Last year I got all cute and early January I ordered mustache tattoo’s and thought “How fun! The tagline could read ‘I Mustache You A Question… Will You Be My Valentine?'” So I made these with the kids and attached them in a cute clear bad to a few finger-stache tattoo’s…
Cute! Well this year is a whole other story… and it’s the day before the Valentines Day Swap at school and my kids have no Valentine’s to give! What’s a Mom to do? Well here is the real problem… thanks to the epidemic of food allergies my children are not allowed to bring traditional candy gram Valentines to school (the best part of getting Valentines at school!!!). Well David technically can at preschool, but Eliann has a for sure NO CANDY/FOOD RULE at her school. So I have to think of a gender neutral non-candy Valentine that is cheap (because did I mention this year Eliann has 26 kids in her class and David has 12…. sheesh) for them to give that isn’t lame (pressure I put on myself of course) because I don’t want to be buying multiple kinds of Valentines. Ugh.
So I walk into Target (like I do at least ten times a month) and pass by the dollar section. I immediately am reminded of Valentines Day because everything is Pink and Red and I am like ‘oh man Valentines!’ and I get to looking. But even if I only spent a dollar on each kid that is still close to $40 I would have to spend on Valentines… boo… that is almost a date for me and my husband!
And then I see it… a pack of three fun neon colored (gender neutral) water guns for only $1. Now that is more like it! If I get these and think of some cute tag line like “You’re A Blast” for the water guns then I am only spending like $13 on these Valentines. Genius!
So I buy 13 packs of water guns and spend a little under $14 at Target.
When I got home I looked on Pinterest to see if I could find a cuter tagline than “You’re A Blast” for the water guns… but alas nothing came quick enough so I moved on to finding a cute “You’re A Blast” graphic I could use. (Too bad the kids wouldn’t get “Shot To The Heart” or “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” LOL!)
I found a graphic that would work and quickly manipulated it to look like this:
Then I pulled out some tools! Luckily I had all these other items on hand in my craft cabinet. All you need is a paper cutter, scissors, string or ribbon, and a hole puncher. You probably have these items at home too.
Step 1: Print out the Valentine image. (I provide a blank one at the bottom of this post so you can just write your kids name in if you want to try to make this Valentine).
Step 2: Cut out the Valentine image. I used the paper cutter because I wanted straight lines and I know my fast scissor cutting skills are not up to par… but of course you cant just use scissors.
Step 3: Punch a hole in the Valentine image and thread the string or ribbon through the hole.
Step 4: Tie the ribbon around the water gun to secure the Valentine image.
Repeat easy Steps 1-4 until all the water guns you need have been transformed into a fabulous non-candy, cheap, gender neutral Valentine your kids will be excited to give there friends! Done.
Copy and print this image to add your kids name to this easy Valentine. You can even have your kids practice writing their name on each of these to add an extra ounce of cute (I love kids handwriting).