After a total Halloween and Christmas candy overload, this year I wanted to make my son Valentine cards that didn’t have any sweets with them. Relatively cheap and easy were also at the top of my requirement list, so after a quick Google search, Play-Doh looked like a fun way to go. So here’s how I made my cards, in cae you might want to try it too!
How to Make Easy Play-Doh Valentine Cards
There are a bunch of Valentine card printables available online and the one I went with is this Free Printable from K Teacher Tiff’s Blog. Right now you’re probably thinking it should obviously have been something geeky to go with the blog theme, but I was really stuck on Play-Doh and coming up short on funny Doh puns. The best thing I could think of was Homer Simpson on there going “Doh!” but then I realized that might be weird for a bunch of three-year-olds who wouldn’t get it. So I went with something simple. You could also go with “You’re A-doh-able” or “Doh you want to be my Valentine?”
Her printable design fits two per page, but thrifty me wanted to make it four, so I downloaded it, resized and then personalized the bottom with my son’s name. I almost changed the heart to blue and then realized I was just doing that to please myself since that’s my favorite color and I know my son would go straight for hot pink if given the choice.
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Play-Doh Mini 1 oz. cans (I suggest checking the $1 for these first if you want to save some $$)
I printed mine out on soft gloss HP Photo Paper, which has a pretty nice thick stock. I used that because I already had it, but if I was shopping for this project, I would have probably chosen a matte card stock like I linked above. I got a big pack of Play-Doh cans in the 1 oz. size on Amazon. I saw the exact same thing at the Dollar Tree after I already had mine on the way. So you might want to visit the $1 store first! Other things you might need, depending on which way you choose to make these is an X-Acto knife or a glue gun.
Method 1: Cutting a hole for the Play-Doh
This is the method I saw on a few other blogs with this project. It’s a little more involved than my preferred method, which is the hot glue gun. (Nine times out of ten, I’m hot gluing something)
- Trace a circle around Play-Doh
- Cut X in circle
- Cut cross in circle
- Push Play-Doh through hole
- Get frustrated with wonky Valentine that you can’t get to look nice like the other Valentine’s you see online, plug in the glue gun and proceed to method two
Method 2: Hot Glue Play-Doh to card
This is the one I ended up going with after I couldn’t get the first cards to lay right. I didn’t like how they were lumpy. It could have been my paper choice. But it was way easier to just glue them all on anyway.
- Plug in glue gun. I used a high-temp gun, but low temp will probably work just as good.
- Put big blob on bottom of can.
- Stick on card.
- Repeat for every kid, and done!