Monday, February 14, 2011

Craft Tutorial and Freebie: Easy Printable Valentines Day Lollipop Covers

Happy Valentine’s Day!
I made these Printable Valentine’s Day Lollipop Covers for my girls’ preschool class.
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I was just going to print out some from the many lovely printable Valentines I’d been spotting online this month. I saw a cute one that used stamps to make a lollipop cover, and thought that lollipops would be a good idea. But I didn’t want to make individual ones by hand. We have to make 16 for each child, times two for me, which is 32.
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So I thought I’d try my hand at making my own simple printable ones using Picnik and I designed them in one night using their free stickers and fonts (you can pay to access more designs). Even though I have no graphic design skills, using Picnik to create these was super easy, fun and quick. Note: Picnik.com is no longer available. Use Picmonkey.com instead.
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I’ve saved them as a .pdf for you to download for free, if you don’t want to make them yourself (I’ve left the heart in the back blank for you to write in the To: and/or From and names):

Download Free Printable Valentine Lollipop Covers here from Google Docs. 

Here is how to make Super-Duper Easy Printable Valentine’s Day Lollipop Covers using Picnik.com (using Picmonkey.com, things are very similar), if you’d like to design your own!

Materials:
Picnik.com, color printer, white paper, paper cutter or scissors, double-sided tape, and flat lollipops.
Directions (click on the screen shots to enlarge. I’ve circled where you should click in red.):
Go to http://www.picnik.com/. You don’t even have to register to use their services! I haven’t because I’m lazy. I should. I use Picnik a lot. Anyways, click on the “Get Started Now!” button.
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Then click on Collage (Mix all your pictures together). Yes, I know there are no pictures. Just wait.
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Underneath where it says “Basic”, there are a bunch of squares in different configurations. You’ll pick the one that is two vertical squares.
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Now you’ll pick a background color. There’s a square to the right of the “Spacing” bar. Click on the square and pick a color, any color. I’m choosing a pretty pink. Then click the Done button on the upper right-hand corner. You’re done with the “collage” part.
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Now you’ll add the shapes and text. I’m going to make the “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” Valentine. So we’ll need to add a sun and text to the front, and a heart and text to the back to say who the lollipop is from. The back heart and text will be upside down.

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Note: Unfortunately, as far as I know, there are no rulers or anything to tell you the middle of the rectangle. So all placement of shapes and text will be by eyeball.
Let’s add the sun and heart first. Go to the top and click the “Create” tab. Then click on “Stickers”. On the left, scroll down to “Geometric Shapes” and click on the sun.
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It will add itself to the middle of the rectangle. Go to the right to change the color to yellow. Click on the sun to change the size and drag to the bottom of the rectangle, leaving room for the text.
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Then to add the heart, scroll down to “Basic Shapes” and click on the heart. It will again add itself to the middle of the rectangle. Go to the right and change the color to white. This time you’ll have to flip it upside down, so also on the right, click on one of the “Flip” buttons. Click on the heart to resize and position to the upper half of the rectangle.
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To add the text, click on “Text”. On the left, there’s a window where you add text. Write it in, and find the font you want underneath in the scroll box. Click on the font, then click on “Add” underneath the text window. As before, it will add the text to the middle, and use the right to change colors and size. Drag to position it in the right place. Start over again to add the other lines.
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For the upside down text (i.e. “From: Sarah”), do the same as above, except you’ll again use the “Flip” buttons. With text, you’ll need to flip both horizontally and vertically, otherwise it will be an upside down mirror image.
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Once you’re satisfied with the look, click on “Save and Share”. Rename your file, and save to your computer. I did not resize; I will do that in MS Word, next.
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I made four different designs, two for each of my girls. I wanted all four to fit onto a sheet. I opened up MS Word and inserted all four pictures. I resized them to 5x2.5 inches, made the margins smaller and changed the orientation to landscape and they all fit. To resize, click on one of the valentines, then click on format, then find Size. Fill in the height and width or use the arrows to shimmy it down.
Print out on paper.
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Cut out the Valentines.
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Fold down the middle and apply a piece of double-stick tape along one edge. Place the lollipop in between the fold (you may need to fold the wrapper down a little at the top) and press down the other edge.
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And you’re done.
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Here is the .pdf again: Download Free Printable Valentine Lollipop Covers here.

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You, my dear lovely readers, are the sunshine of my life, the apple of my eye, and you most definitely make my heart sing. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.

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6 comments:

  1. cute! wish I had seen these sooner!

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  2. Steph, you rock. These are awesome!

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  3. I can't wait to try this, Steph! These are so cute and I've been looking for just the right thing for Grandson's preK class. Thank you!

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  4. These are so cute! I have my lollipops ready to go, I am just having some trouble downloading the pdf.....scribd is giving me trouble. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Alexxa,
      Hope you see this...couldn't figure out any other way to contact you. Let me know if you're still having problems with the download, and I'll email you the file.

      So sorry it took me a while to see your email. I had to activate comment moderation on older posts because of spam.

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