Sunday, January 17, 2016

Free Printable Lightsaber Valentines

Hello strangers!  I know I haven't blogged in just about forever.  This whole working full time with two kids thing is HARD!  To those of you who have been doing this for a long time or have more than two kids, I am in awe of you. 

We miraculously had a low-key weekend for once so I decided to make Jake's valentines while I had the chance.  Jake is entering into that age where he doesn't want anything too lovey so hearts were definitely out.  He is obsessed with Star Wars right now so I knew it needed to be Star Wars themed.  If you follow my blog then you know that I love sweets just as much as the next person, but since kids get so much candy, I try to do a candy free valentine.  After searching around on google I saw this great idea over at Brassy Apple.  For some reason I couldn't get her printable to open on my computer so I decided to create my own. 

Since I was starting from scratch I found this great free Star Wars font and decided to use that for my wording.  A little bit of playing around with sizing and I had this printable ready to go.

I made three on a sheet and they are just the right size. I printed them up on plain white cardstock, but if you wanted them to be more colorful, colored cardstock would look great too.  Then I used my paper cutter to cut them apart and to make a little slit at the top of the lightsaber hilt. 

I also made another little slit near the right side of the paper to keep the glow bracelet in there more securely.  If you don't have a paper cutter, you could easily do this with an exacto knife or even scissors.  I had Jake sign them all at this point, because it is easier to write on paper that doesn't have glow bracelets on them. 

Then grab a couple of packs of glow bracelets.  I got mine at Michael's but sometimes Target has theirs in the dollar spot too.  Slide a glow bracelet into the slits and you are ready to go.  You can also just make a slit at the lightsaber hilt and use a piece of tape to secure it on the back.  

That's it.  Some cardstock, tape, and glow bracelets and you've got adorable, cheap, candy-free Star Wars themed valentines with nary a heart in sight.  Download the printable here.