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These DIY Pencil Valentines are unique, easy, and fun! I love photo valentines because they are so memorable, not to mention totally unique and custom for your kids. Pencils are useful for school and a great way to cut down on the sugar, even if you don’t have a no-sweets rule at your school.
We used the basic premise of last year’s lollipop valentines, but switched it to be a pencil instead of candy. The kindergarteners are learning how to read and write, and my five year old love the punny joke of “write” instead of “right!”
You can make them too! Here’s the super easy tutorial:
Take A Great Photo
Just take a photo of your child holding their fist out to you. There are some great tips for how to take the perfect photo for valentines here.
I made him wear a pink shirt and tie to make it festive! I mean, why not?
Edit & Print Your Pencil Valentines
I stuck that photo in Photoshop, shrunk it to half size, and duplicated it so I could 2-up on a print (so the valentine image is 2×3 instead of 4×6). I added my punny greeting “You are all ‘write’ Valentine!” on the edge, but you could also have an older child write that on the back, or leave it off all together.
There are lots of different caption variations you could do with a pencil theme! Here are the puns I thought of:
You are all WRITE by me, Valentine!
Valentine, you are just WRITE!
I think you’re pretty SHARP, Valentine.
You’re the WRITE one for me. Happy Valentine’s Day.
You’ve got the WRITE stuff!
Then get them printed at your favorite 1-hour photo shop.
Assemble Your Pencil Valentines
We tag-teamed the assembly: my son cut them in half for scissor practice and wrote his name on the back. I cut the two slots for the pencils with an exacto knife, right above and below his hand. Make sure it’s not too skinny of a area, else it might tear through the paper!
I found some on Amazon here, or you can usually find them in the holiday section at the store!
Slid those pencils in and you’re all done! I found some on Amazon here, or you can usually find them in the holiday section at the store!
Enjoy those non-food, pencil valentines, with a cute picture too.
Other DIY Photo Valentine ideas: