If you're anything like me, you have no chill around special holidays. Being 'extra', to me, is just part of the job description of being a mom.
As a graphic designer, that all comes especially easy with my ability to take ideas straight from my head and turn them into tangible, heartfelt creations in minutes. This is both good and bad, because it's easy to go overboard.
For example, my Cricut worked overtime for my toddler's first and second birthdays, cutting cow prints and birthday banners for decorations. And now, I'm bringing that same creative energy to Valentine's Day with these adorable DIY Toddler Play-Doh Valentine's Day cards.
The cards were created with Play-Doh puns and designed to hold a small 1oz pot, adding an adorable touch and age-appropriate gift.
You can find the templates used in this blog post in my Etsy shop. Take 50% off the template with the code 'VAL50'.
And because we don't gatekeep!
I encourage you to have a go at making your own designs tailored to your child's specific interests! Canva is the perfect free platform to unleash your creativity. The circle for the PlayDoh insert measures 1.9” and the cards can be any size you want but I made these 3.75" x 4.75" to fit four on a page.
Cost Breakdown (40 Cards)
Print Your Template: Begin by printing out your chosen template. Fit as many cards onto a page as possible to make the most of your paper and cutting time. The templates in this tutorial are configured with four cards per A4 or US Letter printout. Personalize Your Cards: Take a moment to sign the cards, adding that personal touch. If you haven't printed names on them, now's the time to do it.
Trim Your Cards Trim out the cards using a paper trimmer for a quick and easy process. If you don't have one, an exacto knife and ruler work wonders. Carefully follow the crop marks, ensuring you don't cut into adjacent cards. Alternatively, trusty scissors will get the job done. Trim the PlayDoh insert along the dotted interior lines or around the circle – choose the method that suits you best.
Fold The Tabs Fold each tab inwards as close to the edge as possible to allow room for the Play-Doh.
Assemble and Tape Insert the PlayDoh into the designated spot on the card and secure it by taping the back. This step ensures your thoughtful creations stay intact and ready to delight the little ones.
Voila! It's as simple as that. I hope your toddler and their friends love the cards.
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