These valentines didn't cost me one penny. I had everything in my craftiness room.
This is what you need:
watercolor postcards (or watercolor paper cut down to size)
paintbrush & water
With the permanent marker draw things that your child hearts (or that you heart if these are for you).
What do you heart?
I made this one for my wonderful hubby.
Then I scribbled a little love note on the back.
I colored in the heart with a watercolor pencil.
All done coloring!
Next, I used my paintbrush and got it wet and "painted" the heart.
These are for my child's class. I attempted to draw several different things that he likes (cupcakes, legos, football, etc).
Then I colored them with the watercolor pencils. My child was supposed to do the coloring, but he was too preoccupied with his new computer.
Since my still-preoccupied-with-his-new-computer-child was not willing to leave his new computer for a minute, I went ahead and painted all the valentine cards myself. My first thought was to let his classmates paint their own valentines, but I decided against that idea. If the valentine cards actually made it home with his classmates, I really didn't think they would take the time to paint the card. Maybe next year I will make a whole page of valentines to give his classmates (and then they would be more likely to paint them at home...or maybe make it a class activity).
I heart whales. My son likes sharks, but I was unable to draw a shark that looked the slightest thing like a shark. So, he was stuck with a whale.
These were so fun and EASY! I stapled some candy to the back of the postcard. If you don't have watercolor paper/pencils then you could use cardstock or even construction paper. You could draw the objects with the permanent marker and let your child color them with crayons or colored pencils. You could also just draw the I and the HEART and let your child draw things they like.