Learn how to make your own printable valentines by taking photos of LEGO bricks and other toys. This tutorial is easy to follow. There are also three free printable LEGO valentines that you can use too.
Valentine’s Day is coming up. My kids brought their class lists home from school after I went shopping on Monday, of course. Fortunately, I’m more than a little crafty. Rather than running to the store for a box of paper valentines that everyone else will have, I decided to create a few of my own design. Making your own printable valentines cards is really easy. I’m sharing how I made mine. Plus, if you’re really pressed for time, you can download my free printable LEGO valentines.
How to make LEGO valentines
You or your child can build any number of creations out of LEGO bricks. My preference is flat things that are easy to photograph, but three-dimensional ones are fine too.
Photograph the LEGO creation(s) on a white background. I have a blank, white painter’s canvas that I use. A sheet or table cloth would work just as well.
Open the photos in your favorite editing program and crop to 4″x6″. I use Photoshop Elements 10 because it has features to auto-correct lighting and other details if I’m in a hurry. It also has a lot of great features if I have more time, like brightening the background or removing tiny blemishes.
If you need a free program, many of my blogger friends swear by PicMonkey.
Add the text for your image. I used the LEGOthick font, from Urban Fonts.
Save the photo to your computer. Then, open it in Microsoft Word. Set the margins at a quarter-inch.
Resize the image to 2″x3″ (Right-click > Size and position). Then, add a border around the image (Right-click > Format picture > Line style) so you know where to cut it out. I prefer a dashed line, just because it uses less ink to print.
Copy and paste the valentine image until it fills the page. I was able to fit ten on a single sheet.
Print on card stock and cut them out. Easy, right?
Free printable LEGO valentines
Don’t have time for all that? No problem. Click HERE to download these. Each one prints on a regular 8-1/2″x11″ page with 10 cards.
“Bee” my Valentine.
You stole a piece of my heart, Valentine!
“Owl” be your valentine!
If you make your own LEGO valentines using this tutorial, I’d love to see them. Send me an email or leave a link in the comments.