I don’t always make my kids give DIY or handcrafted Valentines. We’ve gone the store bought route plenty and it’s perfectly fine. But this year I decided (on one of those many snow days we had and needed something to fill the time) that we’d all look through Pinterest together and see if we could find some fun Valentines they’d like to make. I should say I realized it would be ME doing most of the making, but they did help at the various stages of assembly and it was fun. There are SO many clever and creative ideas out there and on Pinterest. It was hard to choose, but here’s the 4 ideas that we borrowed:
Cate wanted to give out gum with her Valentines, so we searched for that and found this cute printable “I Chews You” tag from Crazy Little Projects. I used the print and cut option on my Silhouette to get them sized down correctly to fit my scalloped circle punch and Cate did the punching. Then she glue them together and I tied the tags to the mini packs of gum. Very easy and she was thrilled with them.
Connor decided he wanted Star Wars themed Valentines. With Pixie Sticks. There’s not a printable for this (due to copyright issues I’m sure) but I followed the instructions on Camp Clem and came up with these. Not too hard at all and my non-lovely dovey 5th grader was very pleased.
Jack liked the idea of giving a little toy rather than candy and we found these fun sparkle bounce balls at Target. 10 balls for $3. Perfect. I bought some mini treat bags at my craft store and then created this cut file to dress up the folded card stock topper. Silhouette Cameo to the rescue again! If you’d like to use the same cut file, you can download it for free here. Tip: The font for “ball” takes a while to cut (with all those little circles inside each letter!), so if you’re in a hurry you might want to use the solid version I included. I did half of them that way to save time. Jack helped glue the die cuts on and staple it all together…so they aren’t perfect. He’s a 10 year old boy after all! I think he did a great job.
And finally, Will. My 4 year old superhero-loving preschooler. He wouldn’t cooperate for a photo of his valentines, so I’ll leave you a link instead. We made these adorable superhero tootsie roll pops using the tutorial and free printables from Little Bit Funky. They are seriously super cute. 😉 I’m not sure he’ll part with them at school this morning! Another very easy idea that requires just a printer, a 2 inch circle punch, and some felt.
Happy Valentine’s Day all!