Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Days Between Dates

Back Grandma Ideas: Give your Valentine a card that tells how many days you have love the last millennium, I got a wild and crazy idea about celebrating being married for 10,000 days.

I talked to a local gas station to put up a message on their sign about being married to my husband for 10,000 days.

10,000 days! That’s a heap o’ days!

I surprised my husband by taking a cake (with a similar message on it) to work where he could share with co-workers.

I felt very pleased with myself. After all, 10,000 days is a significant amount of days to be married. Continue reading

Easy To Make Valentine Magnets

Make these Valentine's Day heart magnets in under 15 minutes! GrandmaIdeas.comValentine’s Day is coming up soon. Do you want a Valentine’s Day craft to do with your tween and teen granddaughters?

One that is easy?

One that they will love?

Look no further! You can make these Valentine magnets in under 15 minutes. Why, I predict that it will take you more time to round up the supplies than to make the magnets. Continue reading

Popup Valentine Card

popup Valentine CardIt’s almost Valentine’s Day. You’re probably all set. You’ve decorated your home. You’ve already planned (and probably held) a little Valentine party with the grandkiddos.

But, can you take one more Valentine idea?

I stumbled across this idea today and fell in love with it and knew that I HAD to share it with you. It’s a cute, cute, cute Valentine’s Day pop-up card. I saw the idea on the  Six in the Suburbs website.

You will need the pattern for the popup card. (I had a challenge printing it from their site so I created a pattern based off of theirs to make it easier for you, Dear Readers.) You will also need scissors, an Exacto knife, a piece of white copy paper, and a piece of card stock paper in the color of your choosing. (I used pink because that was what I had on hand.)

Valentine popup card

Rough cut around the pattern. Place the pattern on top of the piece of white copy paper. With the Exacto knife, cut along the solid lines on the pattern. (You might want to use a cutting board so that you don’t scratch your kitchen counter!)

Valentine popup card

Cut around the outside edges of the pattern.
Valenting popup card

The next part is a wee bit tricky. Fold along the dotted lines of the pattern. On the dotted lines at the top of the letters, you will need to fold upwards to the top of the card. That is what will make the letters stand out.

Then, fold on the dotted lines at the base of the letters to make it fold shut like a card. Then, place the white paper on top of the pink card stock paper.

Voilà!  You have a cute popup card.

popup Valentine card
You can use a glue stick to glue the white paper to your pink card stock. Or, you could use double sided tape.

It’s now ready for you to write words of endearment to your darling little grandchidlren!!

Make this easy, fun popup Valentine card.

Valentine Roundup

valentineAAs I look back at my other posts about Valentine’s Day, I see some that have been very popular. I thought that I would list them here so that you, my Dear Readers, can easily access them.


Woven Heart

Valentine Bingo

Easiest Valentine Ever

Valentine Candy Box

Valentine Tea Lights

Valentine Bookmarks

Hugs and Kisses Valentine

What fun Valentine’s Day activities have you done with your grandchildren?

Valentine in a Bottle

Remember the chick flick Message in a Bottle that was based on a book by Nicholas Spark? Where a woman found a message in a bottle that eventually led her to her true love?

Let’s apply that message-in-a-bottle theme to Valentine’s Day and create Valentine’s in a bottle with your grandchildren.

To make this Valentine, you will need an empty water bottle, Valentine stickers, Valentine candy, pink or red paper, scissors, and marking pen.

Here’s my crew ready and waiting to make their Valentines. (Please don’t notice the black eye that somehow little Elliot got on his left eye at our house today. And please, please PLEASE do not tell his mother and father about said black eye. I disavow all knowledge of any black eye and how it happened.)

Gather your materials.

Now. Cut out a heart from your pink paper. Write a simple Valentine’s Day greeting. Decorate it with Valentine stickers.valentine4
Put some Valentine candy in your bottle. It’s okay if some of it ends up in your grandkids’ mouths. That fallout is to be expected.
Roll up your Valentine and slip it into your bottle. Screw on the lid. And your Valentine is already for you to give away!valentine9


For an unusual valentine, make this valentine in a bottle.

If your grandchildren live far away, you can pop some of these Valentine’s in the mail and send them to the grandkiddos. It will make their day!

(NOTE: next time I make these, I would put a rubber band around the Valentine so it would be easier to get it out of the bottle. And, I wouldn’t use card stock paper. It is too stiff.)

Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards

Print off thes Vintage-Valentines      GrandmaIdeas.comI have discovered the most amazing web site called The Graphics Fairy. She has thousands upon thousands of free vintage styled graphics. She has graciously scanned these images that are in the public domain and put them on her site to share with her readers for free.

Yes, indeedy. Free!

Oh my! I could spend hours browsing her site! Such delightful images.

I found several Valentine’s Day images that I thought were wonderful. You can print the image and cut around it and have a simple Valentine’s card that you can just write on the back.

Or you can put the image in a word processing document and print it so you have a folded Valentine.

Simply right click on the images below to download it.

Valentine Cupid and Swans

Cupids Valentine

Vintage Cupids

Victorian Heart

Victorian Valentine

I hope you have fun printing –and sending — these Valentine’s Day cards with — and for — your grandchildren