Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? My daughter made these “52 Things I Love About You” cards for her fiancé and sent the pictures over to me so that I could share her fun DIY Valentine’s Day gift. Because let’s face it….there are a LOT of us out there who need some help when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts.
My daughter has a fiancé.
Did you catch that?
My daughter is getting married. In April. I’m excited and happy and terrified and in shock all at the same time (only because I am simply not old enough to have a married child, right?? Please just agree with me here).
Honestly, I really AM excited. She is happy. He is wonderful. What more could a mom ask?
Kim shared this easy craft with me just in case there were others of you out there who might need a little assistance this weekend. I love that it uses stuff that most of us have lying around the house (I know we’ve got a bunch of playing cards sitting around ALL over the house (my 10-year-old is currently into “card throwing.” I never knew it was a THING until he started throwing cards at my old foam boards. So…maybe I have too many cards lying around. Hmm…
How to Make a 52 Things I Love About You Cards
Note: Amazon links are used below so you can easily see or find supplies.
- Complete deck of playing cards
- 2 loose-leaf binder rings (one-inch or larger)
- Print at home 52 things you love about your significant other and cut out to fit on cards
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Single hole punch
How to Assemble Your Gift:
- First, you’ll want to create a document with 52 things you love about your gift recipient. Make 2 “extra” pieces (which will be attached to the Joker cards) for the front cover (“52 Things I Love About You”) and the back cover (“Love, your name”). Each saying should be about 1.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall. You can fit 5 across (5 columns) and 4 down (for a total of 20 per page).
- Print and cut out your sayings.
- Set aside the Jokers and any extra cards in your desk (you just want to use the regular cards for this part. Spread a thin, even layer of Modpodge over the back side (ie, the pattern, not the number) of each card and secure one saying. Press down to flatten and work out any bubbles. Spread another thin, even layer of Modpodge over the top of the papers to seal. Repeat with the rest of your cards and printed messages.
- Use Modpodge to secure the front and back cover sheets to the Joker cards. Finish them the same as above. Let everything dry.
- Take one of those unused cards and punch two holes in the left side. Use that card as a template to punch holes in your finished cards so that you can ensure the holes are going to line up properly when you put the “book” together.
- Secure your book together with binder rings (with front and back cover cards facing out so it looks like a finished book).
This DIY gift costs less than $10 (and even LESS than that if you’ve already got the supplies on hand).
Happy Valentine’s Day! I want to hear ALL about it after the weekend. Deal?
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