There seems to be a giant backlash for DIY Valentines this year. I’m not sure where it’s coming from. When I was kid, all valentines were do-it-yourself. My mom would buy doilies, red construction paper, and heart stickers. We, kids, made our own. I must have been in the fifth grade when I begged and pleaded with my mom to buy the character-themed ones in the store. I think I went with Scooby Doo. The licensed character Valentine movement hadn’t kicked in like it has today.
I want to continue to have the tradition of making your own valentines at home but I don’t want any major hassle. If my kid can’t, at the very least, help then I’m not interested. I don’t want to spend a ton of time of it. And I certainly don’t want to have to buy a ton of craft supplies to complete it. But I like taking a little time to make something with my son. Hate me if you want, but it’s what works for our family.
If you wanted to make your own valentines this year, but think you are running out of time… here are 5 simple ideas that can be turned around in less than an afternoon and won’t break the bank to complete either.
Candy Kisses. Dump a few kisses in a sandwich-size ziploc bag. Print out the free printable and staple on top. So easy your preschooler could do it. And it’s adorable.
Crayon Hearts. If your house is like mine, you have a million broken crayons. Use them up with the easy crayon valentine. Follow the tutorial. You can make your own valentine to go with it… print out business size cards with “You bring COLOR to my world, friend” or something equally as cheesy.
Lego Valentines. If your school allows for homemade treats (ours does not), then make these super cute lego brick candies. Otherwise, you can bag up some candy bricks and use the free printable (in the link) to make the label to go on top. I found candy bricks in the candy shop at our local mall.
Nothing could be easier than Popcorn. Pop some popcorn in the microwave, add to a small bags, and stick on the free printable label. I may be stealing this idea for next year.
S’mores with Heart Peeps may be the cutest DIY valentine I’ve seen this year. Graham crackers, a little chocolate, and a heart marshmallow is all you need to melt the hearts of everyone. If you can’t find heart shaped peeps, use a heart shaped chocolate instead with a regular marshmallow. Photo courtesy of Fabulessly Frugal