Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Days Between Dates

Back Grandma Ideas: Give your Valentine a card that tells how many days you have love him.in 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.com


Do you want an easy Valentine’s Day craft to do with your tween and teen granddaughters? 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.

Hear Magnet Supplies
fabric with Valentine print
scissors
quilt batting
thread
needle
sticky-backed magnet strip
and of course my free printable heart pattern

Make these Valentine's Day heart magnets in under 15 minutes!   GrandmaIdeas.com


Print and then cut out the paper heart pattern. Then, use the pattern to cut out two hearts from your fabric. This heart pattern is fairly small. I found that fabric that has a large-ish design on it doesn’t seem to work as well because you don’t get the full effect of the design. So, I recommend small Valentine print fabric for the magnet.
Make these Valentine's Day heart magnets in under 15 minutes!   GrandmaIdeas.com


Next, thread your needle and, using a basting stitch, sew around the edge of the heart. I used crochet thread. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. You can use normal sewing thread — but make sure you have a double thread. (This is a fun project for beginning sewers to learn how to baste.)
Make these Valentine's Day heart magnets in under 15 minutes!   GrandmaIdeas.com


Leave about 1 inch open so that you can stuff your heart.

Take a small amount of quilt batting and push it into the heart. You might want to use something like a pen or pencil to push the batting into the top curved part of the heart.
Make these Valentine's Day heart magnets in under 15 minutes!  GrandmaIdeas.com


Finish stitching around your heart and tie a knot in the thread. Cut a small strip of sticky-backed magnet. Remove the paper backing and firmly push the magnet strip onto the back of your heart.

Leave about 1 inch open so that you can stuff your heart.  GrandmaIdeas.com


Ta da! Your heart magnet is done!

I’ve used two magnets to hold my grandson’s picture on the fridge. (I sure love that little guy! Isn’t he a cutie?)

Leave about 1 inch open so that you can stuff your heart.  GrandmaIdeas.com


Your teen and tween granddaughters can use these magnets in their school lockers. Or put on their fridge at home. Or on a metal picture frame — if they have one in their bedroom. Or, they could make a flock to give out to their friends.

Have a fun time making these fun little magnets!

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.     GrandmaIdeas.com

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?