That's how I felt this morning when I remembered this fab card idea that I found on Pinterest some weeks ago. It's from the blog A Day In My Life, and I believed the card was so beautiful I wanted to try it myself.
But I've been so down in my battle with depression lately that I haven't done much of anything this past month.
Thankfully, I had a wonderful day with my best friend, Naima, talking and sitting in Barnes & Noble yesterday. During this session, I made a list of goals that would make me feel better--creating this card was one.
What I love most about the "I Love You This Much" card is that it captures the size and shape of your child's hands at a certain age. Ffor Equis, that's 29 months old!
Originally, I was thinking of doing the card for Valentine's day, but I decided to just do it as a reminder to him how much we appreciate him. It's a meaningful way to show a parent just how much your child loves them.
So, although I had pledged to do nothing today in order to relax, I decided instead to do something nice for someone else and in the meantime entertain myself with some arts and crafts.
- Color Copy Machine
- Glue Stick
- 2 Thin Cardboard pieces (or 1 large enough to fit two of your child's hands)
- Crayola Finger Paints
- Thick Colored Paper
- Scrapbook Sticker Letters
- Crayon and stickers of your choice
You can imagine how difficult it was to do this step with a restless 2-year-old.
I had to hold his hands in place and keep repeating, "Wow! Look at the light!"
I also had to clean the copier glass of hand oils afterwards.
I kept thinking the copies of the hands looked a little creepy, but I promise they look less frightening as time goes on!
You can use whatever materials you have around the house. I used two pieces of cardboard that came with my Queen size sheet set.
I made sure to glue the hands to the side with the writing so the opposite side would be blank.
Other Ideas for Future: I might as well have glued the entire copy to the cardboard first and then cut out the hands, but, apparently, I like to make projects more complicated.
I used my son's Crayola Finger Paints to color the cardboard side of the hands blue and orange. It was a little messy, but the paint dried within fifteen minutes and it was easy to wash off of my hands.
Other Ideas for Future:
- I could've copied my son's hands right onto colored card stock to skip this step entirely, but I like the kid aspect of finger paint; and if your child is older, they can do this part themselves!
- Finger-paint the cardboard before gluing the hands on to avoid accidentally getting paint onto the hand copies like I did.
I had some trouble making the strip a perfect rectangle. To fix its lopsided appearance, I folded the paper until it looked sort of like a square and then cut off a side to make it actually look more like a square.
Note that the two end squares will be attached to the hands.
Other Ideas for Future: Using a ruler or some other kind of cool crafts tool could make for a more perfect rectangular strip.
I used the letters to spell out "I Love You" on the painted side of the right hand and then "Daddy" on the painted side of the left hand.
I then spelled out "This Much" on the middle eight squares of the folded strip of paper.
I found the backside of the strip of paper to be too plain so I added some stickers and wrote another message on the white side in crayon (not in marker or pen so it can't be seen through the paper).
Now, the card is reversible! (But I'm keeping the second message secret.)
"Wow. This is really creative! How did you do it?" my boyfriend said when Equis gave him the card.
Yay! I'm so glad Equis' Daddy loves it! I'm even gladder I haven't completely lost my creativity.
How did you spend your Saturday? Would you take time out to make a card like this one?