how to make children's book-inspired valentines

February 4, 2010

So, as I have mentioned before, Juliet is working on potty training this week. She has had some major break-throughs and we are definitely making progress. But before the progress came, there was the POTTY STAND-OFF OF 2010.

What is the potty stand-off of 2010, you ask? It's the day that we were IMPRISONED in our own kitchen from 8am till 1:30 pm.

Here's what happened: Juliet woke up with a dry diaper, so I thought, "Hey! Let's try this potty thing!" So, we went down to the kitchen, sat on the potty (it lives in the kitchen right now), ate breakfast, sat on the potty, did a craft, sat on the potty, did a craft, etc...ALL MORNING LONG. She essentially held it from 7pm the night before until 1:30 pm when, she could stand to hold it in no longer. (Three year olds can be stubborn, can't they?)

I say we were "imprisoned" only because I felt that way. I didn't want her to venture into the carpeted areas of the house because clean up is worse out there. So, we stayed on the vinyl flooring and amused ourselves with paper crafts.

I tell you this so you will understand how in the world I found time to make these valentines. I assure you, that there is no way I could have done this if I didn't have that 5 hour block of being stuck in my kitchen!

Most of these are very simple and basic--one was a little over the top, but again, remember, I had a lot of time to kill.

My idea was to take an iconic image from a well-known children's book and change one aspect of it to include a heart. The materials I used were paper, scissors, foam stickers, markers, and glue.

Goodnight Valentine

Je t'aime, ma cherie!
(I hope that says, "I love you, my darling!" I don't speak French!)

No idea what to write on this one...any suggestions? 

Make a wish, valentine!

Good night, Valentine. 

Looking for love
You light up my life!

You're the king/queen of my heart. 

Choo-choo, Valentine

This is the one that got a little out of control. It started simply, but then took way too long to complete. (Meaning, I had to work on it AFTER we were set free from kitchen confinement. And then, of course, I needed to spend another 2 hours making a new header and blog buttons out of it because I had not spent enough time on it already.)

Someone asked me how I made this: I just cut out the train pieces from construction paper and glued them onto a piece of cardboard. The wheels are made of buttons and the track is a strip of ribbon. The smoke stack is made from foam heart stickers. 

I was inspired by the back cover of Inside Freight Train.

So, there you have it. Children's book-inspired valentines. After I made them, 

I strung them up over our mantle, 

placed the books under them and let Juliet play a matching game with them. She got all of them except for the Babar one! (So, maybe that one is not so great!)

I really ran out of creativity when it came to the valentine's messages for each card and would love to hear any suggestions of you have them! What would you write inside these? 

The Runaway Bunny

[If you haven't had enough of me yet today, I'm also writing about Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny at Impress Your Kids today!]


The Life of Blights said...

You constantly amaze me! I just love your ideas! And I was laughing out loud at the "potty standoff". Ohh, can't wait for those days...

Raising a Happy Child said...

Wow, you certainly used your time productively! Those Valentines are beautiful. Good luck in your potty training efforts, I hope it won't take long to potty train Juliet.

Ana said...

I have to say that you always amaze me too, also, your projects always make me happy :)

artsy_momma said...

Those are amazing- you are very creative! My favorite is the train!

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

VERY nice! I love your idea, very creative! :)

Jackie said...

I totally love all of these ideas, but the train is so cool. Maybe I can do a modified version with my train loving son. Thanks for all of your inspiring ideas!!!

Also, good luck with the potty training. I have helped 3 children learn to potty and think that my littlest guy might be showing signs of being ready. They have all been different and the ages were all different as well.

jennwa said...

Those are great Valentines.

Terry Doherty said...

Wow! What treasures. These are so creative!

SkylarKD said...

Fantastic valentines - you're so creative!!

My gal is potty trained, besides the occasional accident, but she's like a CAMEL! She doesn't seem to need to go very often, but she also holds it sometimes (and makes Mama frustrated and worries sometimes!).

Playing by the book said...

We're not really in to Valentine's day but this post is lovely, and I'd certainly be thrilled if I received one of these book inspired cards - just gorgeous!

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