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Kids’ Valentine’s Day Crafts and Ideas: Love is in the air. Or is that Elmer’s glue?

By Melissa Summers

It is so cold here apparently children run the risk of their brains not working and so there is no school. For the second day. It’s either that or the entire school district hates me and wants me to be unhappy. This is definitely the only explanation for the upcoming farce that is “Mid-Winter Break”.


On the bright side I’ve decided we’re going to make our own valentines this year for the kid’s class Valentine’s Day parties. I’ve been in such a good mood the last few weeks, even somewhat in charge of my time, so crafting seems appealing. I searched for some ideas to show my 8-year-old so we could decide what to do with all this copious free time we have because we live in the frozen tundra and the school district has it out for me. So I thought I’d share them with you. No trademarked characters to be found.


conversationheartfudge.jpgI always start my craft search at Family Fun, we all know that. They always have a long list of inspiration. Max, “Mr. I’ll-Wear-These-Camoflauge-Pants-Every-Day-Of-My-Life, Thanks” is excited to do these. Easy, not frilly or pink and most importantly not Dora The Explorer. Max has developed an unnatural hatred for Dora which I think is a defense mechanism because he actually does like Dora. This one, a candy love bug, is in the running for my daughter, she just has to ‘think it over a little more’ before committing. I’m fond of these candies as classroom hand outs. Maddie is worried no one will know they’re from her but I think if you stuck one of these style of tags on each one with a heart sticker and a ‘From Maddie’. But I won’t push it because I don’t want to be that annoying mother. Even though I really am that annoying mother. Family Fun sent me to Wondertime where I saw this cute project, tissue paper flowers with pipe cleaner stems. This is supposed to be easy enough for preschoolers to do, but I’d like evidence to prove this. To personalize this, I’d add a green construction paper leaf to the stem so your child can sign his or her name.



Martha’s my next stop. Madison is very angry I won’t do this badge project with her, I would like to, I think it’s a fabulous idea but I don’t want to spend $25 on a button maker at this point. Maybe you are nicer than me. I am drawn to this flower/lollipop valentine. I think I’d be able to win Madison over with some pretty paper choices. If you notice, I have a theme here in our choices: simple, easy and cute.


valentinescookiepackage.jpgKiddley offers up this idea for packaging homemade treats as Valentine’s. Paper cd sleeves, stamped and tied up with rickrack ribbon and cute tags. Another idea, from my brain, where there are no pictures. Is this, which I used to do with my daughter when she was a toddler. Trace your child’s hand on a piece of card stock, press down the ring and middle fingers (don’t be a smart ass and leave the middle finger up)(unless you’re sending it to someone you don’t like) to create the sign for I Love You. Put a small heart in the palm or leave it blank for your own message. Cute and simple, like I imagine my grandchildren will be.


robotvalentines.jpgStill don’t want to make your valentine’s, try these robot valentine’s for download and printing at Indiefixx. Some aren’t exactly appropriate for the under 18 set, “be mine, lust object.” No. But at least four of them will work for my third grader’s class and I think my kindergartner would like at least two. (Thanks for the link Jennifer.)
valentinepaperprincess.jpgIf you really must buy valentine’s I urge you to go to the Paper Princess and buy these. I know they’re a little pricey for school valentine’s but maybe you want to send me a valentine and I would really appreciate these cards. I can’t be the only one.


I’ll let you know what we decide to make. Although, it’s so cold we might just have to use things we have around the house. Let’s see, maybe I can fashion some bacon into valentine’s? Kids like bacon right?


Fine more Valentine’s Day cards for classmates here!


Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • amy

    February 6, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Hey Melissa —
    After seeing the cool mini pinatas you made for new year’s, I decided to make them for my daughter’s preschool Valentines party. They’re not done yet, but I think the kids will love them. Thanks for the great ideas!

  • melissaS

    February 6, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Good idea. I was thinking that too. The process took a bit of time so I opted against doing it for 42 kids. But if you did them reasonably small…how fun to open those in the class room.

  • Tina

    February 6, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    I have to agree with you on the preschool flower craft. I don’t see my 3 1/2 yr. old son doing to well (I’m seeing torn tissue paper, twisted pipe cleaners, etc.). I do like the handprint ones–perfect for both grandmas. We just got a bunch of snow on top of our bitter cold temps so I’m thinking we’ll have plenty of time for crafts. Thank you for another idea!

  • jenB

    February 6, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    I found these old skool valentine’s at the market the other day, remember these?

  • ozma

    February 6, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    When I was thinking about having kids I almost didn’t do it. Because I knew I was going to be the mom that forgot the valentine’s day cards. I am totally that mom.
    Thank God for our politically correct preschool that won’t celebrate any holidays. But what do I do when she goes to regular school?
    I need to convert to Jehovah’s Witness.

  • sheree

    February 7, 2007 at 1:12 am

    ahhh love the robot valentines! My preschooler will love handing those out.

  • Natasha

    February 7, 2007 at 8:48 am

    The tissue flowers are a nightmare. No matter how hard you try, you can never get it to look like the picture(especially with preschool hands helping you). I have tried it and wanted to pull my hair out!!

  • Katie

    February 7, 2007 at 9:05 am

    I’m a wuss in the kids’ craft department so I mostly stick with coloring (no glue, no scissors). I print clip-art onto blank cards with fancy fonts and let the kids decorate. Here’s an example: DIY Valentine’s Day cards.

  • Michelle

    February 7, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    I agree–they’re much sweeter and cuter than the typical Disney princess junk at Walmart. Love those cards.

  • CC

    February 8, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Just thought I’d throw in if you can’t make Valentine’s out of bacon, try the bandaids I found off of Dooce’s website.
    Bacon bandaids will all be the rage soon…

  • Spotgurl

    February 8, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    What is it with Martha? Yes, I love the badges. Why do I love all her ideas so much? Has she placed a computer chip in my brain? We’ve made our Valentines already (just little crafty things with scrapbook punches and ribbon) so maybe next year we’ll do the badges. Kill me.
    PS DIG the bacon bandaids!

  • Jessica

    February 8, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    These are FABULOUS ideas! I forwarded a link to this page to my sister-in-law – my niece is almost seven and will LOVE all of these!