Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lollipop Valentine's Day Cards

It's that time again.   Pink, red, white.   Conversation Hearts, roses, love songs.

Yes...I'm talking about Valentine's Day - one of my absolutely favorite holidays.  Seriously.  What's not to love about love?

The Boy needed some cards for his classmates in his Montessori preschool, and he wasn't content with store bought.   We looked at some of the store bought cards in the store - and he did sort of hem and haw over Captain America, but in the end, he looked at me with those big brown eyes and said, "Can't we just make some for my friends, Mama?" 

Why yes, I believe we can.

I've seen variations of this project on the web before.  It seemed simple enough, so I pulled out my camera and had him stand in front of the kitchen door, right arm outstretched with a fist.   It took several shots to find the right arm level combined with a pseudo smiling face.   He's right at the age where you ask him to smile and he screams, "CHEEEESE!" at the top of his lungs - which usually leads to a strange contorted grimace instead of a smile.

I found a code online a while back for 25 free photo prints from one of our local stores.   A little photoshop, a free code later, and we were in business. 

Using an Exacto knife, I cut a small slit at the top and bottom of his fist and inserted a Tootsie pop.  A small piece of tape over the back of the lollipop stick ensures it won't go anywhere until The Boy's friends are ready for their treat. 

The total price for this project?   $2.50 for 25 Valentine's Day cards which was the cost of the Tootsie Pops.

A sweet project indeed.

Simple Mama


  1. Amazingly cute cards, and the model kid is really handsome.

  2. That is such an awesome idea, and the finished product looks fabulous. And the story with it, makes it priceless, thank you for sharing

  3. Cute! Saw this in Family Fun where they had the kid hold a PVC pipe that looked like the stem of the sucker, but I like that you didn't have to bother with that, still seems to work out great ;)

  4. Cute! Saw these in Family Fun but they had the kid hold a PVC pipe so it looked like an oversized sucker stem. Like that you didn't have to do that and it still turned out great :)

  5. SO. COOL. I am doing this next year for sure! thanks :)