I love Valentine’s Day, but sometimes I feel like handing out those paper character Valentines feels a little generic. Every kid gets a different character and they are fun, but inevitably those paper Valentines end up in the trash in a few days. I wanted to make our family something special for Valentine’s Day, so last year I started making Custom Photo Valentines! I’m excited to share my tips and printables for making fun kids’ photo valentines! All you need is a photo editing program that allows you to layer a graphic on top of a photo. I use Photoshop for my design projects, but there are free alternatives available that allow you to work with layers such as Gimp, a free photo editing program. If you are a mom who regularly takes photos of your kids, I’m sure you have your own favorite program for editing photos!
To create Custom Photo Valentines, download our 4×6 overlay templates and select photos that best fit for each one. You will need to place two photos side by side in a vertical or horizontal orientation to use these photo valentine overlays. Once you’ve created your “double image”, place the photo valentine overlay (a transparent PNG file) on top, so that your photos show through the center cutout. Save your photo valentines to your computer, sized 4×6 inches, print resolution 300 dpi (dots per inch).
Next, you can easily print off your photos using a photo printing service such as Costco. If you have a Costco membership, you can order your photos online and pick them up at your closest Costco location within 24 hours, or you can go to Walmart and use one of their kiosks to print your photos right then and there. Whatever it costs to print a photo (9 cents, 15 cents?) cut that cost in half to determine the cost of each valentine. This fun project costs just pennies for custom photo valentines!
You can try printing your photo valentines at home, but our home printer has never done the greatest job at printing photos and requires a lot of ink which can get expensive quickly. Once printed, cut the photo valentines in half to separate the photos and you’ll have a bunch of beautifully personalized, super inexpensive Valentines your kids can give to their friends!
Custom Photo Valentine Printables
Right click each image and select, “Save image as” to save to your computer.
I hope you enjoy making your own Custom Photo Valentines! Your friends and family will love them, and you can keep a few as mementos of when your little ones were younger and cherish them for years to come.
Photo Valentine Look Book
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Who wouldn’t love to receive this darling photo valentine?
Photo valentines are so much fun to gift pictures of your kids to Grandma and Grandpa. Of course this little miss is their sunshine.
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My daughter loves doing kids’ craft projects, playing with her American Girl WellieWisher dolls, painting her nails with this fun Milk & Cookies nail polish, and of course giving fun gifts to her friends. She is so excited to hand out her homemade photo valentines this year.
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Even our Little Man gets some valentines. We love dressing him up in adorable Pediped shoes and a cute DIY baby bow tie.
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.