Easy & economical photobooth strip Valentine’s cards

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

I’ve been working on the kids’ Valentines this year. I’m typically not really a crafty person, but I do like making photo Valentines for the kids. I feel like they are more personal and a fun thing to save in their scrapbook. But on a more practical level, they tend to be easier to assemble than the store-bought variety, it allows me to avoid standing over 4 kids signing 25 valentines each, and it really isn’t all that expensive. The past few years I’ve done optical illusion Valentines using a closet dowel as a lollipop stick:

optical illusion valentine's day cards #valentines #DIY

(You can see those tutorials here and here.)

These cards are really cute, but there is some assembly required, and cutting notches and inserting lollipops can get a little tedious for 4 different classrooms. This year, I wanted to find something even easier, and that cost less money per Valentine.Cheap, lazy, and cute . . . this was my mission. I scoured Pinterest for some ideas and saw some cute photo-booth style valentines. I decided to try the same thing.

First, I grabbed a chalkboard and my iphone and took four pictures of each kid holding the chalkboard with the words I wanted in the photostrip. This part took about 10 minutes.

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

 

Then I used my phone and made a 4x6 collage of each kid’s photostrip using the Diptic app, with three rows across. The Diptic app doesn’t have a 3x4 collage, so here’s how I worked around it. First, I used this template to create the photostrip, changed the aspect to 2:3, and saved it to my camera roll:

Easy & economical photobooth strip Valentine’s cards you can make on your phone

 

Then I used the 1x3 collage to paste the photostrips that I saved on my camera roll together, and saved it to 2:3 aspect (which is the same as a 4x6 photo).

easy photobooth valentines you can make using an app on your phone!

This will allow me to print them as a standard-sized 4x6 photo on Shutterfly and then cut down each photo to make three separate valentines. The 4x6 looks like this:

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

Once cut, each valentine will look like this:easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

 

I also made a few version using all four kids, to give to family and friends outside of the classroom.

easy photobooth strip DIY #Valentines for #valentinesday

Prints at Shutterfly cost 15 cents, and each photo yields three valentines, so I’m looking at about 5 cents per valentine. Not too bad! And in all, taking the photos, making the collage on my phone, and sending the photos to Shutterfly took me about an hour. I’m guessing cutting the photos will take me another hour . . . but since Shutterfly delivers I saved myself a trip to the store, which in my book is always a win.

Have you seen any other fun ideas for Valentines?


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