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6 Free Valentine’s Day Cards You Can Print at Home

Valentine’s Day is around the corner! I love Valentine’s Day and get pretty bummed out when people are negative about it. You do not have to have a significant other in order to spread some love on February 14. You can use this day to let a co-worker, friend, family member or neighbor know you are thinking about them.

Today I have pulled together five free valentine printables from around the web. These would not only make cute cards, but they would also make adorable artwork for a mantle or office desk. Enjoy and make sure to spread some love on Friday!

{Love is in the Air} – Available for free here!

Love is in the Air paper airplane free valentine's day printable (more…)

Love Is In The Air – Free Valentine’s Day Printable

Free Valentine's Day Printable - Cucina Kristina | cucinakristina.com

I didn’t get it together in time to send out Christmas cards this year. The holidays are such a busy time in general and adding the stress (and cost!) of sending out Christmas cards is something I couldn’t do this year. I am trying to be better about keeping in touch and connecting with loved ones from afar in 2014.

You know what else I am trying to be better about in 2014? Not purchasing Groupons that I don’t use before they expire. Luckily, the value you paid for them is honored indefinitely, but I have a stack of expired ones that is too high to admit. As I was sifting through them, I came across one for Vistaprint. Vistaprint is pretty decent for inexpensive, quick projects and, since I had a Groupon for $30, I decided to design some Valentine’s Day cards and send those out in place of a Christmas card. 

I ended up ordering 100 because I figured I could get double use out of them and hand them out to my students and co-workers on February 14. The total with my Groupon came to just over $10, a steal! 

The design was inspired by my students. There is something whimsical and romantic about a paper airplane and I am making this design available for you! The wording on the inside simply reads, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” and there is more than enough space for you to write you own personal message.

The outside reads, “Love is in the air” and each PDF will print on a standard 8.5 inch x 11 inch sheet of paper. When folded and cut in half, it will give you a card that is 5.5 inches long and 4.25 inches high.

Happy Printing!

xoxo,

 

  Love is in the Air paper airplane free valentine's day printable

Download PDF: Love is in the Air – Front

Love is in the Air paper airplane free valentine's day printable

Download PDF: Love is in the Air – Inside

Refrigerator Snowman!

My refrigerator snowman has made a triumphant return! 

DIY Refrigerator Snowman

You could also do this on a door!

I saw this guy circulating around Pinterest last year and loved it! I originally pinned it from Hands On As We Grow. It’s a festive and inexpensive decoration to add to your holiday home. 

Materials:

  • Black construction paper
  • Orange construction paper
  • Holiday wrapping paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Circular items for tracing

Instructions:

  • Eyes – 2 large circles. I used the outside rim of a quart sized mason jar lid.
  • Smile – 5 small circles. I used the inside rim of a pint sized mason jar lid.
  • Buttons – 4 medium circles. I used the outside rim of a pint sized mason jar lid.

1.  Trace your circles onto black construction paper and cut them out. If you do not have mason jars you can use any circular items. Last year, I used wine bottles and coke cans for tracing.

2.  Cut a triangle from your orange construction paper. 

3.  Stick them onto your fridge using double-sided tape.

4. To make the scarf, cut a rectangle from your holiday wrapping paper. Tape it at a slight angle onto your fridge.

Merry Fridge-mas! :-)

Check out my other Handmade Holiday posts:

DIY Glitter Reindeer

Ho, Ho, Ho! The holidays are upon us! I just love Christmas, don’t you? I have the easiest holiday craft to share with you that will brighten up your mantel. It is also inexpensive, which is a double bonus.

I got the idea from Daisy Dreaming and followed her instructions exactly. All you do is find an image (we both used this one from ManMade), cut it out, trace it onto your canvas, apply glue and glitter, and let it dry. Easy peasy!

This is the second craft in the Handmade Holidays series that I will be running throughout the month of December. Please share your holiday crafts with me! I’d love to see what you are creating as well.

DIY Glitter Reindeer
From Daisy Dreaming

Easy holiday craft for your mantel.

Handmade Holidays

Materials:

  • Canvas – I used an 11 x 14 canvas
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge or glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil (for tracing)
  • Any Holiday shape 

Instructions:

  1. Print and cut out your shape. 
  2. Trace your shape onto your canvas with pencil.
  3. Using a Qtip or paintbrush, fill in your shape with Mod Podge or glue.
  4. Cover your shape completely with glitter and let sit for a few minutes so the glitter can set. 
  5. Shake of the excess. You are going to have A LOT of leftover glitter. You may want to shake it onto a piece of newspaper (you can also use foil, parchment paper, or wax paper) so you can easily funnel the excess back into the bottle.
  6. Let it dry completely for a few hours and gently shake off any loose glitter over a trashcan. 

Check out my other Handmade Holiday posts:

DIY Advent Calendar

I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with advent calendars. I love counting down to Christmas and usually scatter a few around the house every holiday season. I wanted to make an advent calendar this year, but was having a hard time coming up with treats to include each day. My husband isn’t a big sweets person, and I didn’t want to start every morning in the month of December off with a piece of chocolate. Although, thinking about it in retrospect that might not have been such a bad idea! :-)

Then, I found the coolest craft on Pinterest. Seriously. Coolest. Craft. EVER. Ready? DIY scratch-off cards! Thank you, Lindsay from The Story of Pat and Lindsay for this! How perfect! This is exactly the type of thing I was looking for. She has some really cute printable Christmas “lotto” tickets in her Etsy store. These would make super cute stocking stuffers! 

DIY scratch off cards

It works!

My husband and I dig trivia so I decided to make little trivia cards with a scratch-off box that revealed the answer. There are over 100 Christmas trivia questions here that range from historical trivia to movie trivia. 

To make the scratch-offs:

1. Cover the area you want to scratch-off with white crayon.

2. Mix 2 parts silver acrylic paint with 1 part liquid dish soap. Note: a little goes a long way!

3. Apply the paint over the white crayon and let dry completely. Depending on how thick you make your coats of paint, this could take a few hours. 

I also created little envelopes from wrapping paper to house the cards. Then, I used paperclips to fasten them to a piece of string and hung them above our window. 

DIY Advent Calendar

Christmas trivia

To make the envelopes

1. Start with a square piece of paper. I used a 6 in. x 6 in. piece of paper for this and it made a 4.25 in. x 3 in. envelope.  

DIY Advent Calendar

I used wrapping paper to make these, but any type of paper will do the trick.

2. Fold the edges into the center.

DIY Advent Calendar

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3. Fold the bottom up and tuck the corner flap into the envelope. Seal the sides with glue or double-stick tape. 

DIY Advent Calendar

Fold the bottom up

DIY Advent Calendar

Tuck the flap into the envelope.

4. Fold the top down and seal.

DIY Advent Calendar

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Custom envelopes!

DIY Advent Calendar

Custom envelopes!

This is the first craft in the Handmade Holidays series that I will be running throughout the month of December. Please share your holiday crafts with me! I’d love to see what you are creating as well.

Heart-Shaped Origami Bookmark

Hello, Internet! I have missed you. I have been MIA on the blog for the last six weeks because I have been furiously trying to find a job. I never dreamed it would be as hard as it was to get a teaching job, but I am happy to report that I will be teaching 7th/8th grade Language Arts come fall (read: in 2 weeks. Eek!). Woo hoo!

I have a pin board called For My Future Classroom. It was a space for me to collect a bunch of teaching-related ideas since I didn’t know what grade I would be teaching up until a few days ago. Now that I know, I have a new board called Teaching Middle School and have been furiously trying to weed through my old pins and find new pins. This got me thinking about the state of all of my other pin boards, and I went a little organization crazy. When I first joined Pinterest, I would pin things without verifying the content or the links. Thus, I had an unintentionally large collection of pins that led nowhere. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a fabulous pin and having it lead to nowhere!

I spent a good amount of last week cleaning up my Pinterest boards. I worked very hard verifying links, writing meaningful comments on each images, and choosing engaging cover images. I still have a few boards to go through, but I am about 85% finished. I hope you enjoy my shiny, new, well-organized collection of pins!

While going through my Gettin’ Crafty board, I stumbled upon a pin for a heart-shaped origami bookmark.

Cucina Kristina | cucinakristina.com | heart shaped bookmark

I love reading!

I followed this video tutorial from The Cheese Thief using a piece of paper that I cut from a magazine advertisement. She recommends using a 4 inch x 4 inch square in her video, but I found this to be slightly too small to manage the smaller folds. I used a 4.5 inch x 4.5 inch square and felt that the extra half-inch really made things easier for my stubby fingers. :)

This bookmark is holding a spot in The New Rules of Lifting Supercharged, which I HIGHLY recommend if you would like to get stronger, leaner (or bigger if you are looking to add muscle mass), faster, and more fit.

DIY Dry-Erase Love Note Board

For the "little things"

For the “little things”

Inspired by my DIY dry-erase board, I started surfing Pinterest to get other dry-erase ideas. I was looking for something that would help me organize my pantry when I found this adorable dry-erase love note board over at A Content Housewife.

My husband and I work opposite hours so he is usually sleeping when I leave for school in the morning and gone by the time I get home from the gym at night. This is such a cute way for us to stay connected throughout the week.

You’ll need:

  • 1 frame – I got mine at Michael’s on sale for $7
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper – $.50

The font I used was called “Loopi” and you can download it here.

I made this for Valentine’s Day, but it would be a great one-year anniversary gift since the first anniversary is paper!

It is fun to find your partner has changed the note!

It is fun to find your partner has changed the note!

No-Cook Playdough

I never realized how difficult it can be to entertain a 3-year old for an extended period of time until yesterday. Apparently coloring on computer paper with a Bic pen and a highlighter is not a toddler’s idea of a good time. Who knew? I was frantically texting my best friend asking for quick craft ideas and she suggested making Playdough. GENIUS! Not only did the little guy enjoy helping in the kitchen, the dough kept him occupied for a few hours.

No-Cook Playdough - Cucina Kristina

Playing with Uncle Jesse

No-Cook Playdough - Cucina Kristina

Playing with homemade playdough

I didn’t have any food coloring, but as you can see, my nephew didn’t care. This went over infinitely better than my coloring idea, and took a few minutes to throw together. This would be such a fun rainy day activity!

No-Cook Playdough
Time: ~5 minutes

No-cook playdough recipe - Cucina Kristina

Our creations

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Grab a little helper and combine all ingredients, except food coloring, in a bowl.
  2. Get messy! Mix by hand.
  3. Add food coloring until dough reaches desired color.

DIY Dry Erase Board

My husband was out of town this weekend so I took the opportunity to do a little fall cleaning. Have you ever noticed what a disastrous mess you have to make in order to clean out spaces and organize them? I definitely underestimated the amount of time it would take to clean up our life, and thought I could organize 3 rooms, 2 closets, and a bathroom in a single weekend. Ha! On the upside, I did manage to completely organize our living room, add some fall decorations around the house, and knock out a few DIY projects.

When I was a Communications Editor, I used to attend a promo show every February. We would get tons of sample items and one of the most useful was this magnetic dry-erase board.

Snowmen year-round?

It was flimsy and ugly, but it was free and functional so it lived on our fridge for nearly 2 years. We used it constantly to make our weekly grocery lists, and I decided that I wanted to have something a little more pleasing to the eye. So, I picked up a frame that was on sale for $8 at Michael’s and a piece of scrapbook paper ($.59 cents) and here is what we have now.

$8 frame + a piece of scrapbook paper = Super cute dry-erase board!

This project was so quick, inexpensive, and easy. I have no idea why it took me two years to get around to it. The design can be changed out to coincide with any holiday or event (birthdays, back-to-school, seasons, etc.) throughout the year. You could pick up 12 different pieces of paper, store them in the frame, and change it out every month!