What child (or adult for that matter) doesn’t like the anticipation and surprise of a scratch-off??
This year for my daughter’s class valentines, we decided to do something different…make scratch-offs! Now she can put her little valentine’s in everyone else’s boxes and there will be a little surprise when they find hers.
I found the “recipe” to make the scratch off solution on Better Homes and Gardens website and thought it would be perfect for class Valentines!
Stay tuned this week because I’ll also be posting a fun birthday invitation using the same technique!
The scratch-off solution…
1) Gather your supplies…
- Liquid dishwashing soap
- Metallic acrylic paint (like used in ceramics or woodworking)
- Clear Con-Tact paper
- Small bowl
- Heart punch
2) Put 1 part dishwashing soap in the bowl (I just used a spoon to measure)
3) Add 2 parts paint to the soap and mix together. Don’t mix too much or you’ll develop bubbles :) We also tried two different shades of the paint and decided that we liked the darker shade better.
4) Cut a strip of the con-tact paper. Paint a couple coats of the paint solution onto the clear side of the paper. You’ll have to let each coat dry for at least 30-45 minutes before applying another coat.
5) Using the heart punch, begin punching out the amount of hearts that you’ll need for your valentines. We cut and painted a couple strips of the con-tact paper to get enough hearts.
6) Using any computer program, design a cute valentine. My daughter liked the question, “Guess who thinks you are awesome?”. Then we put her name at the bottom, which will be covered with the scratch-off.
7) I even found this cute red heart paper to use as a base sheet for the invites. It was in my stash of extra paper that was cut-off scrap from a different invitation order…how thrifty!
8 ) Now, just cut your valentines apart, peel the backing off the heart shaped con-tact paper and stick them over your name on the valentine! We also added a sucker to each of my daughter’s…who doesn’t like a sucker??
You could even tape a penny to each valentine as an added bonus and good scratcher!
Don’t cha love it?? And, my daughter had the best time making them!!
Do you like to hand-make your kid’s valentines or buy them at the store? I’d love to hear about your fun valentine ideas!!