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)
STEP 2: MEASURE YOUR KIDS’ ARM SPAN (we want these hugs to be accurate here, people!!)
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 3: CUT OUT YOUR HANDPRINTS, BACK WITH AN ACCENT COLOR CARDSTOCK
STEP 4: PUNCH HOLES IN HANDS, ATTACH CUT-TO-LENGTH YARN
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)
STEP 7: SEAL IT UP AND SEND TO GRANDMA AND GRANDPA (with a couple kisses?)
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?