St. Valentine Craft and Card

I was inspired by another Valentine project I saw online here (an edible version) and I just knew I had to make this into a craft! You hand write your Valentines, and then make a decoder for reading them! I only wish my pictures did it justice!

To make your own, just write your message on a piece of white paper with a fine tipped light blue marker. On this one I wrote "Love is Patient, Love is Kind, Happy Feast of St. Valentine!" Isn't that so cute? Wish I could take credit! I found this little poem on the most adorable St. Valentine craft ever over at Paper Dali :-)

After you've written your message in blue, just draw all over it with pink, orange, and red markers. You can write other phrases, or just doodle all over it.

Now make your decoder. All you need is something clear and red. I used a piece of plastic meant to go over an Easter basket. If you can't find any red cellophane at the store, try coloring a clear piece of plastic with a red permanent marker. It works just as well!

I also made some of these with love bible verses, and plan on making one with a St. Valentine Prayer! The possibilities are endless :-) I was surprised at how well this worked!

I've also been thinking about making Jello decoders. I think a small amount of Jello in the bottom of a clear punch cup would do the trick. If you do it, send me pictures!
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  1. This is too cute! I'm gonna try it for my husband and kids. I think they'll get a kick out of it. :-)

  2. LOL! I love it! The kids are going to love it too!!!! :)

  3. I just found you through One Pretty Thing. I was always hoping somebody with more techi abilities would come up with a Catholic version of Crafty Crow. Thank You! Do you think you could create a list of the bloggers on your sidebar who have contributed to Catholic Icing? I really like that on the Crafty Crow as it gives me the opportunity to discover more great blogs. Thank You again.

  4. Thank you so much, Lacy, what a great idea and so easy! I posted my family's Catholic St. Valentine's cards along with Saint Valentine info in two articles on my page:
    It is hard to find out about him since he is not on the liturgical calendar anymore.
    Saint Valentine, pray for us!

  5. yeay another crafty lacy. I am a lacie too. I love this idea and can't wait to go poke around your blog and see what else you have done. my five year old is going to love this

  6. My 7 year old son made these. They're SO cool!! He was very proud to do them himself (his sister and I made the decoders, but he didn't mind). I'm very much into kids making their own Valentines (I HATE those little boxed ones!), and this was a big hit w/out being too much work. THANKS!

  7. Loved this idea and your blog.

    It worked great. Except I made a decoder with construction paper on both sides of the cellophane using glue... the one side wouldn't stick. I tried again and the same thing. It must be one side of the cellophane doesn't work with glue. But, it still works great with only one side having construction paper on it.


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