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Long Distance Hugs for Valentine’s Day

January 30, 2014
Long Distance Hugs ... such a cute idea for sending some love in the mail!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, wouldn’t you love to be able to send a hug to someone that you can’t see in person?

Well … it’s your lucky day!  Now you can!  Or close … 


We’ll be sending these to Iowa in a couple weeks.  I know Grandma and Grandpa would love a real, in-person hug, but maybe this will hold them over until the boys can actually wrap their arms around them.

I got this idea from Pinterest (where else??) a couple weeks ago, and knew this would be perfect to send a little love down ‘south’.  AND … Owen and Charlie actually got a kick out of making these … bonus!

I’m pretty sure you could figure the process out with out the step-by-step, but pictures are fun, right?

STEP ONE:  MAKE YOUR HANDPRINTS!  (finger paint on cardstock)


Long Distance Hugs  |  View From The Fridge

Nice work, O!

Long Distance Hugs  |  View From The Fridge

and Charlie …


STEP 2:  MEASURE YOUR KIDS’ ARM SPAN (we want these hugs to be accurate here, people!!)


Long Distance Hugs  |  View From The Fridge

How Big?

We used yarn.  Basically … I had them stretch it across from hand to hand, and then I cut it.  Pretty easy (and self explanatory, I realize).  Oh, and Owen wanted to wear his Halloween costume that day if you’re wondering who the furry person to the left in the picture above is.  You gotta pick your battles, right?  Costume it was!





STEP 5:  PRINT POEM (you can download the pdf we used here)

****UPDATE:  The 2015 pdf poem available HERE!

STEP 6:  IF POSSIBLE, HAVE YOUR KID(S) SIGN THE BOTTOM.  (Owen knows ‘O’ only … Charlie, none … maybe next year)








Hugs and Kisses coming your way!

Long Distance Hugs  |  View From The Fridge

That’s it!  We’ll probably send the hugs down with the Sweet Valentine’s Cards for an extra special Valentine’s greeting combo this year!  Do you have someone in mind who would love a ‘hug’ this year?  Even if Grandma lives nearby, she still might like both a real hug AND a yarn/handprint hug, right?

UPDATE:  We now have a free printable for sending Long Distance Hugs for CHRISTMAS!  Click HERE for the post and printable!

Long Distance Hug Poem for Christmas ... Such a cute and thoughtful idea! Via


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  • Reply Bre @ Average But Inspired January 30, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Oh my goodness, I love this! Definitely making these with the kids for the grandparents. Thanks for the awesome idea and printable! So cute!!
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  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane January 30, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    what a sweet idea. I bet grandparents would definitely love this. Of course in person hugs are always better, but this is next best thing. Your boys are adorable!
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  • Reply Jackie January 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Such a cute idea. Going to try and do this with my 15 month old twins this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes!
    – Jackie

    • Reply Katie January 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Jackie, good luck!! Washable paint is a lifesaver!! Send me a picture and let me know how it goes :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the note!
      Have a good weekend!!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney January 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    These are adorable Katie, you know I love a kid craft!! I bet the grandparents are going to love this!!
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  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living January 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Adorable! I love this and your kids look like they are having SO MUCH fun making these. Cant wait to do this with Scarlett
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    • Reply Katie January 31, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Thanks, Sonnet! They did have a great time!

  • Reply Lara January 31, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    This is adorable! I know that my mom would love to receive this from her grandchildren. And even though my kids aren’t tiny, I actually think they’ll have a fun time doing this project–even the teenager!
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  • Reply Kristen February 3, 2014 at 5:57 am

    What a cute idea! It’s so hard for us, living far from family, and I know grandparents and aunts and uncles would love this! Thanks!
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  • Reply Patti February 3, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Loved it so much,m I pinned it twice!
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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) February 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

    So precious (as always!!) You just think of the cutest things in the world! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE :) We love seeing your fab ideas every week and appreciate the support!
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  • Reply Carrie This Home February 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    This is so cute! My mom is out of town for the winter and I know she misses the kids like crazy. Totally doing this for Valentine’s day! Thanks for sharing the great idea! Pinning!
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  • Reply Beverly February 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    These are so cute. I think I might make it and send them to the grand kids. I know most are sending them to grandparents but I am going to do it the other way around.

    Thanks for the idea,
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    • Reply Katie February 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Beverly! Great idea! I’m sure your grandkids would love a hug from Grandma this year! Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving a note!

  • Reply Alexis Krystina February 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

    This is adorable!! I am definitely doing this tonight!!! 😉
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  • Reply Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home February 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I was JUST looking for valentines that my boys and I can make to send to their grandmas who live far away. This idea will be perfect. The grandmas are going to LOVE it.
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    • Reply Katie February 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Carrie,
      Thanks so much for stopping over AND for sharing this idea! My thought is we’ll do this every year and then can compare hand sizes and arm span from year to year :).

  • Reply Amanda @artsy_momma February 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Love the super sweet poem!!! We may have to make this for Grandma since she lives in another state :)

    • Reply Katie February 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Amanda, Thanks for stopping by!! Yes, I’m hoping Grandma appreciates these from our boys this year!

  • Reply Clarissa Hooper February 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Our grandparents in Pennsylvania will definitely be getting these “hugs” from our boys this Valentine’s day! Thanks for the idea :)
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    • Reply Katie February 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Awesome!! Thanks for stopping by, and for the note! Have fun!

  • Reply Alexis @ Persia Lou February 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Adorable! Have to make these with my kiddos. They are constantly begging to play with paints.
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  • Reply Betsy @ Romance on a Dime February 6, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Such a great idea!! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime
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  • Reply caitlyn collins February 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Cutest idea ever!

    I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday!


  • Reply Diane February 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Another adorable idea! Would you share this one at Family Fun Friday too??? I know our families would be blessed!
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  • Reply Alicia February 10, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Hi Katie! Just thought I’d let you know that I included your long distance hug and kisses idea in a “round-up” post for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing it over at Do Tell Tuesday! I decided to give it a feature apart from Tuesday’s regular post :-)
    Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out:

  • Reply Ariean @OneKriegerChick February 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Darling! I need to make this with my boys and send them to the grandparents as a surprise…Thanks for the fun idea!

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  • Reply Kerry February 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    We did these today – they turned out great. Thanks for the idea!

    • Reply Katie February 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Awesome, Kerry! I just love hearing about other people actually doing my projects! Hope whoever you’re sending these to just lives them!

  • Reply Julie January 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

    LOVE this! Might there be a 2015 version available?

    • Reply Katie January 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Shoot!!! That would be helpful, huh?!? Check back tomorrow, and I’ll have it updated for 2015! Thanks for the question!!

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  • Reply Kelly January 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    This is SO cute!!! I can’t wait to send hugs to our family all across the country!
    Do you happen to have the printable card updated with this 2015 year? Or without the year?

    Thank you so much, love it all!

    • Reply Katie January 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Kelly! Thank you! Yes … I just added the 2015 printable to the post available for download. Let me know if you have any trouble!! Thanks for the note! Have fun!

  • Reply Laura February 1, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Will you be updating this for 2016? Or offering a date-free version? I definitely would love to do this for the grandparents this year. =)

  • Reply Season February 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Do You have a 2016 version of this?


  • Reply Beth February 5, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Hello, I love this! Would you happen to have a 2016 version? Thank you!

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  • Reply Sandra Schroeder February 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Just love this cute little craft :) Lots of other people have commented on a 2016 version and I’m going to as well. We are holding a military valentines day party on the 14th for families of soldiers deployed and this is one of the tings that we wanted to make. Not sure if we want it to say Valentines Day we thought maybe Father’s Day and Mothers Day as well. My questions to you is would you be willing to help me out with how to make the tags? Thank you for all the time you put into your blog and for sharing your talent with us!!


  • Reply kelly February 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Do you have a 2016 version? I love this and want to send it to family!

  • Reply Shaunna February 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Hoping for a 2016 version as well! Love this!!!

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