Bookmark Valentines.


While browsing Pinterest, I came across this sweet image and knew instantly it was the perfect inspiration for Abby's valentines. Abby's turned into quite the bookworm this year and I can't think of a more perfect valentine for her to give to her classmates.


To make these little sweeties, I used the die cut machine at my local craft store to get the crisp felt key shapes. Then, Abby helped me hot glue a gold paperclip between two keys. After adding the Martha Stewart sewn heart and bakers twine, we designed the card with a note and space for Abby to sign her name. She's so excited to hand them out on Monday. Last night I caught her thumbing through the pile of keys before dinner. She was studying each one, just like I do when I'm really in love with something.

24 comments:

  1. I'm trying to decide how to adapt this idea as a craft during my son's 2nd grade party on Monday. I only have about 10 minutes to craft with them so the idea has to be pretty simple. I have loads of red felt. Do you or your readers have any ideas? Thanks!

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  2. You have a local craft store that lets you use their die cut machine?! Do they charge by the piece? Or by the amount of time? I'm so jealous!

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  3. Hello Suzanne,
    First, thank you for always leaving kind comments. Your profile doesn't link back to your blog (if you have one) and I want you to know that your presence here doesn't go un-noticed. :) Now, for your sons class party, I think a heart bookmark would be cute. Do you have access to a die cutting machine? Maybe instead of using the paperclip (hot glue might be tricky for a large class) you could have the students glue felt hearts on a paper bookmark.
    Kisses,
    Danyelle

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  4. Hello R8chel,
    Believe it or not, the craft store only asks that you purchase whatever material you'll be cutting from them. There is no extra charge beyond that. I paid a total of $4. Call around to your local craft stores, you might be surprised and find someone that offers a similar service to their customers. (I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.)
    Kisses,
    Danyelle

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  5. what a great idea! =) what lucky kiddos!

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  6. love love this idea! I envy all your kids valentines!

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  7. So cute Danyelle. I loved that she thumbed through them like you do when you really love something. I do that with my handmade goodies too often. Just sit and stare or touch!!

    Do you know which die cut machine you used that cut felt? I'm super interested!

    Thanks for another amazing idea. I'm heading today to our party store to see if I can find magnifying glasses. Blake would love that idea.

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  8. How adorable! Thank you for sharing yet another creatively lovely idea. I recommended your magnifying glass valentine to a fellow mama at playgroup yesterday, and everyone thought it was a fabulous creation! Happy Valentine's to you and yours!

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  9. April,

    I'm not sure of the brand exactly, but it's the same model that is in my children's elementary school library. It's pretty heavy duty. Nothing like I've seen available for purchase in craft stores.

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  10. That sounds like a craft store I'd love to support. Is yours a locally-owned craft store, or one of the big chains? The only craft stores I know of around here are Michaels and JoAnn. (And at ~12 miles away, they barely feel "local".) I can't imagine that either of them have a die-cut machine, but I guess it can't hurt to ask!

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  11. I love this idea. I'm always on the lookout for Valentines crafts for my students. Thanks for the idea! :)

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  12. So cute!
    Just stumbled upon your blog and I love it!

    Maureen
    andersruff.com

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  13. Such a sweet idea! I love it!! This is my first time to your blog & I'm excited to say that I'll be back! Newest follower right here :)

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  14. Thanks, Danyelle, for your suggestion! Our public library actually has a huge assortment of die cuts and we can use them for free. I'll be headed there today.

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  15. love this!! featuring it on my blog today :) www.dreawood.com

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  16. Your valentines are the best on the web...love your creativity Danyelle!

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  17. this one might be my favorite of all time...absolutely perfect & completely useful too!

    i love die cut machines & the craft stores that have them deserve all the patrons they can handle!

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  18. absolutely love this. you're awesome!

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  19. Hi, I was wondering how you got the font, did you use an old typrwriter or had you downloaded it? What is it called? I am trying to make save the date cards at the moment in a similar style.
    Thanks

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  20. very cute ideas! I've had your love bug jar valentine pinned for almost a year now but now I'm torn. I will have to show my daughter both and see which one she likes best. Thank you!
    Londen

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  21. May be you could find a heart shape Fiskars punch or Martha Stewart's punch to use. I haven't seen a punch for keys. These are excellent craft ideas for kids to do. Thanks so much for sharing. I prefer not to give candy to my grandson's classmates.

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