Kids love holidays! Why not help them celebrate Valentine’s Day in a fun way?
Here I’ll show you how to create some quick Valentine’s gifts that don’t require much effort. Not only are these fun for kids, but they certainly won’t break the bank either!
What you need:
Computer with internet and color printer
Free Account with Canva.com
White Stock Paper
Your preferred “gift”
Dollar stores are a great place to find inexpensive Valentine’s gifts. While some of the stock may be seasonal, you are sure to find a decent selection of items year-round.
Great ideas for kids gift-giving include glow sticks, rulers, seasonal pencils, bubbles, and crayons. You can usually find glow sticks in packs of 5 or more as well as pencils in packs of 10 or more.
You may opt for something with a little more personality. Maybe a package of plastic insects from the toy section or a fashionable pair of sunglasses.
Creating your Valentine’s gift
Canva is very simple to use and free to sign up. It’s loaded with various shapes as well as actual photographs so that you can create professional-looking designs.
Just be cautious that you are not using a paid design if you are on a free account and don’t really want to spend any money. When you look at the images, there will be a $ symbol on the lower corner of those that require payment.
For my designs, I started with a blank “Brochure” template. I did this since the image would already be horizontal rather than vertical.
Select “Text” on the left and then choose “Add a Heading”. You will be able to enlarge the font to whatever size looks best to your eye.
I chose to separate my phrase into 2 parts so that it stood out. So my first heading was “You’re the Write” and second heading “Valentine!”.
In order to maximize the space, I then turned each heading 90 degrees.
You can play with the size of the font in the menu as well as change color. I wanted only 1 word in Red for each Valentine. So, I just highlighted the intended word and selected the new color.
I then selected a line from elements to accentuate where you will cut the Valentine to insert your “gift”.
Another great thing about using Canva is that you can group your selections. This takes a little practice. If you are outside of the image. You simply use your mouse to draw a box around all the items you want to be grouped.
Then, you can duplicate and insert the same image right next to the previous.
Saving your Valentine’s gift
Canva will automatically save your image as you go and will keep your designs in your account so that you can use them again or use them as a template later.
However, if you want to print at home, you will need to download your design. Select your download button toward the upper right corner.
Next, choose the file format you want to save. For blogging, I don’t want very detailed oversized images so I often go with JPG small file size. However, for a printable, I would certainly recommend using the recommended PDF Print.
Remember to choose a location on your computer where you will be able to find your designs once downloaded.
Then, print your downloaded file.
You can download the free Valentine’s I created in the FREE resource library.
The 3 included designs are for pencils, glow sticks, and rulers.
Since kids love receiving gifts, these Valentine’s gifts are the perfect inexpensive treat to put a smile on a child’s face. Have fun creating!