Surprise your child with some DIY valentines this Valentine's Day. Learn to make love-themed lunch box treats, creative notes, and other Valentine's Day gifts. Or help your child craft a set of valentines for their classmates. From printable candy bag toppers to silly pun cards, these clever DIY Valentine's Day ideas will make this February 14 extra special.
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Themed Popcorn Bags
Pack a special themed treat for your child's snack on Valentine's Day. Fill a bag with popcorn, and seal it with decorative tape. Then, print out the "My heart pops for you" label, and tape it to the front of the bag. You also can affix this label to a reusable container instead of a bag.
The "My heart pops for you" label comes from the Bird's Party craft blog.
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Printable Bunny Gift Bag
Young children are sure to shriek with delight when you surprise them with this adorable printable bunny bag that you can fill with a small gift. To make the bunny bag, download the free printable template and follow its instructions. This is also a fairly easy Valentine's Day project you can do with your child if they want to give a small gift to someone else.
This delightful bunny gift bag is available from the Mr. Printables blog.
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These DIY monster valentines with cute messages, such as "I'm wild about you" and "Wild thing you make my heart sing," are the perfect playful and nontraditional take on classroom valentines. To make your own set of monster valentines, download a copy of the printable bag toppers, which you can staple onto the tops of clear resealable food bags.
The monster valentines come from the Makoodle craft blog.
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Crazy Owl Valentines
Head over to a party store to pick up enough crazy straws for all the children in your child's class to enjoy these fun owl valentines. The valentines come on a free printable template. All you have to do is punch two holes in each card for the crazy straw to slip into.
Crazy owl valentines are a creative inspiration from Heidi at Happiness Is Homemade.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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These clever "Valentine, you are just write" cards come with a cute pencil—useful for any school-age child. To make this simple, yet creative valentine, pick up some fun patterned pencils and print the heart valentine. Then, punch two holes in each heart, and slide them onto the pencils.
The pencil valentine project is from Amy Bell's Positively Splendid blog.
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Printable Valentine's Day Lunch Jokes
Slip a few of these themed jokes and messages into your child's lunch bag this Valentine's Day to make their day extra special. Some options include the joke, “Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peel-ing!” or messages, such as “You are sweet!” and “I love you!” Print some extras for your child to hand out to their friends.
These printable Valentine's Day lunch jokes are from Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous.
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Fish Bowl Valentines
If you are looking for a clever classroom valentine idea, this one combines Valentine's Day and a school theme. The DIY snack bags feature a printable background that says, "Dear Valentine, I'm so glad we are in the same school!" Fill the bags with fish crackers to play up the theme.
Fish bowl valentines come from craft and lifestyle blogger Melanie at Bliss Bloom Blog.
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Valentine's Day Treat Bag Toppers
Fill small plastic bags with assorted red and pink candy to give to everyone in your child's class this Valentine's Day. Then, print out the free treat bag topper design on some cardstock, fold it in half, and staple it to the top of each bag. The toppers include an empty space where you can write your child’s name.
Valentine's Day treat bag toppers are a great idea from Makoodle.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Cinnamon-Scented Glitter Play Dough
Encourage your child to play by giving them some homemade cinnamon-scented glitter play dough that they can use to sculpt to their heart's content. Making your own play dough is easy by following the DIY recipe. You probably have most if not all of the ingredients already in your pantry.
The cinnamon-scented glitter playdough recipe is from Laura at Make Life Lovely.
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Awesome Sauce Snack Labels
Transform ordinary snack-size packages of applesauce into a Valentine's Day treat with "You're awesome sauce valentine" labels. The free printable labels fit perfectly on top of the containers' foil wrappers. Simply print the black-ink design on colored paper, cut it out, and tape it to your applesauce containers.
Instructions for "You’re awesome sauce valentine" snack labels can be found at Jamie's C.R.A.F.T blog.
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For a festive Valentine's Day gift, fill a small plastic bag with a toy dinosaur. Then, print out the free "Rawr! means I like you in dinosaur" bag topper, and staple it to the top of the bag. This is a great option if your child wants to give a small Valentine's Day gift to their friends.
Free instructions for dinosaur valentines are available from Danielle at A Crafty Spoonful.
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Conversation Hearts Printable Valentines
If your child wants to give out classic conversation hearts this Valentine's Day, you can make the valentines a bit more personal. Fill small bags with some hearts (purchased in bulk bags to save money). Next, print themed bag toppers, and staple them to the tops of the bags. Your child can write their friends' names on the toppers.
Conversation hearts printable valentines are a creative idea from Makoodle.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Punched-Out Heart Treat Bags
Let your child help make a set of Valentine's Day treat bags for all their friends. All you need are a heart punch, decorative cardstock, a writing utensil, small treat bags, and (of course) the treats. If you don't have a punch tool, you always can trace and cut out the hearts for a similar effect.
Punched-out heart treat bags are courtesy of Kammie at the Nobiggie craft blog.
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Magnetic Kissing Pigs Toys
Children will squeal with happiness when you give them a set of pig toys that "kiss" when the magnets at the ends of their noses are put close together. These plush little piggies are made from towels and poly fill and require an intermediate level of sewing ability. Plus, instead of pigs, you always can choose to design your own animal pattern.
Instructions for magnetic kissing pigs toys are available at Craft Passion.