Since Molly's got mostly the same classmates as last year, I felt like I couldn't redo last year's Valentines for the girls. I set out to find a worthy successor, but most of what I found were either printables or things I would never have time to finish. Printables are great, and what I would have fallen back on if I couldn't come up with anything better, but I wanted something more memorable.
A fact-finding mission to Michael's almost left me emptyhanded until I found, in the wedding aisle rather than the Valentine Crap section, boxes of small test-tube-like bottles of bubbles with heart-shaped tops. Hmmm, I thought, and grabbed a couple of boxes. I can do something with these.
Friends on Twitter and Facebook helped with suggestions for a tagline, and then it turned out Daisy's school doesn't exchange valentines (WTF?), and in the end, here's what we came up with:
A dab of hot glue holds the vial of bubbles to a piece of cardstock, upon which is printed a goofy bubble-related saying. I downloaded the font "DJ Candyheart" here and installed it in Word, where I used a label template that was just the right size. Molly signed her name on the back of the cards before I shot a glob of glue, let it cool enough to be tacky without melting the plastic, and smooshed each bubble bottle into place. The vials will hold fast, but easily pop off to be enjoyed later.
I don't think they're as rad as the fortune cookies, but they're probably going to be more fun for the recipient.
(too late to get to Michael's? The source for all my "fall-back" printable possibilities is this post at The Long Thread.)