Kid Craft: Photo Valentine Bookmarks

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to teach kids about the joy of giving as well as receiving, and what parent doesn’t love receiving a cute photo of their children? The only problem is that parents don’t always know what to do with all those adorable (yet not always useful) photo crafts. Really, what does one do with a big construction heart after Valentine’s Day is over?

These heart bookmarks are a simple project that kids will love to make and you’ll love to actually use! Photos from a smart phone, and especially Instagram, are the ideal size for this project and they come together so quickly that children can easily make an entire batch for friends and relatives–you know the grandparents are going to want a few.

Read on for complete instructions.

For this project, you will need:

  • A few sheets of stiffened felt in red or pink
  • Photos of the kids printed onto card stock
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • A craft knife
  • A pen

To make your heart templates, draw two hearts on a piece of paper. Be sure to make the second heart about 3/4 the size of the first heart. Our hearts measured 2.6 inches across and 1.95 inches across. If free-handing isn’t your thing, use a computer to generate the heart shape through a web search or with a drawing program.

Cut out your heart templates and trace the largest heart onto the piece of stiffened felt. Trace the smaller heart onto your photo. Use scissors to cut out both hearts.

Adhere the photo heart to the top of the felt heart using a glue stick. Then use a craft knife (adults only for this step) to cut the felt along the edges of the bottom half of the photo.

That’s all there is to it. Now the lucky recipient of this thoughtful gift will have a photo of someone they love as well as way to mark their page. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Photo Credit: Stephanie Morgan

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