Valentine Hugs

I’m a little late posting this, but I wanted to make sure that my in-laws received theirs BEFORE reading about it on here.

Davey made special Valentines this year for his Grandparents, Aunt, and Great Grandmas who live in NY.   I found the idea on Pinterest and thought it to be the sweetest thing in the world.   It took a mere 30 minutes from start to finish and cost a little bit extra in postage to send just because of the size, but it was totally worth it and my in-laws love them!

Basically, what we did this year was to send Valentine Hugs in the form of Davey’s actual hands cut from construction paper and a ribbon run between the two of them that served as his arms.   He didn’t want to play too much and I had to hold his hands (well we only used one and then just mirrored it to create the other) so that my husband could draw the outline on paper.   I retraced seven more hands to have four sets.

Davey's hands
Davey’s hands

Next I took a hole punch and punched a hole at the bottom of each hand.   Then I took a spool of red ribbon, had my husband hold Davey and stretch out his arms and then I measured his actual arm span and cut the ribbon.

ribbons representating arm span
ribbons representating arm span

Once one was completed, I just used it as a measuring stick for the remaining three strips of ribbon.Before attaching the ribbon to the hands, I printed out a little note that I then cut and pasted onto construction paper.   I punched a hole in the top of the note and then fed it onto the ribbon.   Once that was in place, I then fed the ribbon into the holes on the hands and tied the ribbon into knots at the end.

Valentine Note
Valentine Note

The finished product looked like this:

finished product
finished product

I received text messages and phone calls from all four receiving parties last night and they loved the Valentine Hugs.   His Grammy apparently continued to give herself hugs from Davey.

It was more of a craft for me since Davey isn’t old enough to really participate.   Hopefully next year will be a different story and I can at least have him glueing and possibly coloring.

I know it’s a little late for any of you to try to get this done and out for Valentine’s Day this year, but it’s definitely something to hold onto for next year especially if your littles have family far away.   I guarantee it will bring a tear and a smile to their face.

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