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Valentines 3 Ways

Valentine's gift ideas for a guy, for preschoolers, for a gal pal! #clevernest
Happy Valentine's day! 

I hope you're feelin' the love today! We have a fun, family friendly evening planned for tonight with some good friends. A double date (plus kiddos) at Downtown Disney. I just hope my 8 month preggo body cooperates with me. Things like walking, sitting, and standing are all more fun interesting at this stage of the game :)

This week I made some easy and quick Valentine's presents for the special people in my life. Here we go, Valentine's, 3 ways!

Valentine #1: Girlfriend Style
I met up with a long time gal pal today and brought a special gift for her. I've admired these Sharpie mugs for a long time- 99 Cent store mug meets Sharpie= match made in heaven!
99 cent store mug and a regular sharpie! cute Valentine's gift idea #coffee #clever_nest

99 cent store mug and a regular sharpie! cute Valentine's gift idea #coffee #clever_nest

First I read up on how to go about it. This awesome sharpie mug post by Craftaholics Anonymous has a bunch of very helpful tips and troubleshooting help.

I cleaned the mug with soap and water and let it dry completely. I used a regular black sharpie (what I had on hand) to draw my design. Then I placed it in my oven while it was cold, and turned it on to 450 degrees. Once it had finished preheating I set the timer for 30 minutes. Apparently the point is to melt the glaze on the cup and have it absorb the ink into the glaze.

Then I turned off the heat and let the mug sit in the oven while it cooled. The tips I read say it's still not dishwasher safe, but the ink should stay put with gentle hand washing!
diy 99 Cent store sharpie mug, easy directions to make it permanent. Valentine's idea #clevernest



Valentine #2: Preschool style
Andrew is 2 1/2 and loves to create masterpieces. We made a few Valentines for his grandparents and Uncles and Aunties. All told, it took a couple of days to complete (he wasn't in the mood, I wasn't in the mood, etc.), but they came out cute! And they're pretty much impossible to mess up. :)

I had him smear/paint a manila folder (fresh out of cardstock!) with craft paint in a few Valentines-ey colors.
cute and easy Valentine for a Preschooler #heart #clevernest #hand_art

Once it was dry, I folded the folder in half and traced Andrew's hand along the folded edge. Can I say fold a few more foldy times?
cute and easy Valentine for a Preschooler #heart #clevernest #hand_art

When I cut out his hand print, there is a cute heart shape in the middle! He was very proud of his creation :)
cute and easy Valentine for a Preschooler #heart #clevernest #hand_art

Valentine #3: Sweetie Style
I busted out my Silhouette Cameo (best Christmas present ever!) to make a special Valentine for my hubby. I wanted to incorporate our "history" together, the places we've been, things we've done together... in a meaningful way.

I made a list of different things I could think of that I could assign a number to, like how many places we've lived (3), live concerts we've seen together (7), and other memorable things. I wanted to make circles with the number cut out on one side, and the explanation on the back.
Cute idea for a guy- attach a bunch of these to a balloon, all the special things you've shared together #valentines #giftforguys #clevernest #silhouette

I created little 2 1/2 in. circles with numbers on them. I used Brittanic Bold in size 75, 100, and 150 depending on the size of my numbers (3607 days we've known each other, that's almost 10 years!) I added a small circle at the top so I could tie a string to each one. 

Download my Silhouette File here!
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not :(


I couldn't attache the Silhouette file in this post, boo, but I'm happy to share! Leave a comment with your email and I'll send it to you!
Cute idea for a guy- attach a bunch of these to a balloon, all the special things you've shared together #valentines #giftforguys #clevernest #silhouette

 I printed out my circles in a few Valentinesy, yet manly-enough-for-my-man colors, and wrote my love note explanation on the backs.
Cute idea for a guy- attach a bunch of these to a balloon, all the special things you've shared together #valentines #giftforguys #clevernest

Cute idea for a guy- attach a bunch of these to a balloon, all the special things you've shared together #valentines #giftforguys #clevernest

I tied each one to a string, and then tied the bunch to a big "Love" balloon (sorry for no final picture, the balloon placement was done under stealth of night). 

Unfortunately the balloon wasn't strong enough to hold up under the weight of all that cardstock, haha. I guess I should have used fewer dates, or cut them out of light weight paper instead of cardstock. Live and learn!

I hid the balloon with all the circles tied to it in Jason's car, so when he went to work this morning he'd have a little surprise waiting for him! He loved it:) and Andrew loved playing with the balloon he christened "Daddy's surprise" all afternoon long.

Don't forget to enter to win the Jamberry Nails giveaway going on HERE!
$35 Jamberry Nails giveaway! ends 2/19/14 Clever Nest

 Have a great weekend!


    


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