Tuesday, January 29, 2013

[Make] Fish Bowl Valentine's Card

Valentine's Day... It's a love/hate thing for me. Love the plethora of hearts. Love the romance. Love the Valentine's Day parties. What do I hate? The candy! Some candy is fine  (preferably a smooth dark chocolate), but a bag full of processed sugar? Add in two small boys... Eh, no thanks. I know I can't prevent it, but this year I decided not to join the sugar brigade.

Since 4 year old Happy Vee loves fish-- he got a betta for his 4th birthday-- I thought a fish bowl valentine would be perfect. And since he also has a palate for goldfish crackers... 

it even stands up by itself!


Click "Read more" for the free download and tutorial

Goldfish Bowl Valentine

What You Need:

Free Download! It should go without saying that I am not a graphic artist. However if you would like to download this very simple valentine, you can do so here.
printer
photo paper or thick card stock
scissors
sandwich bags (I used the bags from Target's up & up brand)
scotch tape
baby goldfish crackers (found at Target. they are slightly smaller than the original goldfish crackers)
ties, tape, twine... anything to tie the top.



Easy Instructions:
1. Download, print on photo paper and cut out your fishbowl cards.
2. Have your child sign their name above the bubbles. Or, if you use washi tape to seal the bag, you can write their name there.
3. Insert the card into the plastic bag. I chose to use sandwich bags over cellophane. Besides being cheaper, they are softer and curve around the "bowl" better. They also have a little depth so they can stand up on their own once filled with crackers.
4. Fold the bottom corners of the bag so that it curves around the bowl. Tape the corners to the back of the card with scotch tape. Leave a little wiggle room for the crackers.
5. Pour in the gold fish. I used the pepperidge farm "baby" goldfish crackers which I found at Target for less than $2/bag. They are a little smaller than the regular goldfish, but not much. If you can't find the babies, just get the regular ones.
6. Tie off the bags. I used washi tape. That's it!


I wish I could say that I'm done, but now I need to come up with something for 6-year old Smarty Pants...


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24 comments:

  1. Hi I love this idea! I'd like to have this for my daughter to use for the first day of school next year. She teaches third grade in the Bronx. Could you change it to read
    Welcome to our Classroom!
    We're so glad you're in this school!

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  2. Thank you so much! My five year old saw this and gave a big thumbs up, so now we'll be bringing these to his preschool class. :)

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  3. Oh! It is very pretty card. At first glance I thought that you put some items in the aquarium, but when I saw it again then realize the creativity. Nice idea.

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  4. Thank you for this! So cute!

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  5. I am not able to open the free download. Is there a way to email it to me?

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  6. ^ I can' either...can you email it to me also? pigtails1031@gmail.com
    thanks :)

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  7. You should be able to download it by clicking on the "here" in the sentence- "However if you would like to download this very simple valentine, you can do so here." I tried clicking on the "Free Download" a million times till I finally realized I was clicking in the wrong spot! Hope that helps!

    Thanks so much! I love this idea for my preschooler. We already printed out our fishbowls and will be putting it all together soon!

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    1. Sorry guys! I'm working on the blog design this weekend. The link was more obvious when it was a bright green... Will do a little fix. :)

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  8. This is such a cute idea!! Can I ask what program you use to create these images? (Just for curiosity)....=)

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    1. Thanks Mary Jane! I used Photoshop Elements to make these cards.

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  9. This is wonderful and I am going to adapt it for my son's class this year. (All treats must be factory sealed.) He doesn't like the hearts and lovey dovey stuff so this a perfect sentiment. Hope you don't mind me linking to your blog in my post.

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  10. thanks for sharing! this is adorable!

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  11. Thank you!! Going to make up 30 of these with my daughter for her preschool class :)

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  12. Hi Melanie: Just stopped by to let you know we featured this on our recent blog post. Such a cute idea! http://bit.ly/KidsVDay

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  13. This is soooo darling! Thanx for sharing it. Did you use the fold over sandwich bags - or the sealable kind?

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  14. Mel I've featured your Goldfish Valentine treat at MSN Living in the Family and Kids Section! Thanks for sharing your adorable idea on Pinterest!

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  16. I am a working mom who never has time to do the crafty things for my daughter. That said, I was able to knock out most of this project on my lunch hour and wanted to say THANK YOU for saving the day and making me look like a "do it all" mama. Can't wait for my daughter to give these to her friends at preschool! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    1. You're Welcome! Always glad to help out you amazing working mamas!!!

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