From crayons, candy, and glow sticks, we totally “heart” these DIY ideas for kids
As parents, there’s nothing quite like a homemade Valentine’s Day card for mom. We’ve searched the web and carefully curated everything from Valentine’s Day crafts for toddlers to easy Valentine’s Day cards for school, and all of them are sweet as can be. These Valentine’s Day recipes will totally sweeten any Valentine’s Day plans and these Valentine’s Day games will tucker them out. Choose your favorite ideas for making homemade cards for Valentine’s Day 2023.
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1. Seed Paper Hearts
Who doesn’t love plants? This card can grow! Follow the instructions to make a seed heart that can be planted. Grow plants like wildflowers, herbs, and small vegetables.
2. Hot Air Balloon Heart
Try out this adorable hot air balloon card that can easily serve as a decoration for February.
3. Embroidered Hearts
Kids can hone their skills with a needle and thread to make these cute homemade Valentine’s Day cards from Hello, Wonderful.
4. Goldfish Snacks in a “Bowl”
How cute are these Goldfish-filled valentines from Backless Shirt? This candy-free idea doubles as a little afternoon snack, too.
5. Cutie Valentines
Our kids love mandarin oranges (aka cuties), and this easy valentine from It’s Always Autumn is the perfect way to use them. Buy a big bag at the grocery store and you’re halfway there.
6. LEGO My Valentine
Build super cute homemade Valentine’s Day cards this year with this printable from The Resourceful Mama. The only other things you’ll need are LEGO bricks and plastic bags.
7. Toy Plane Valentines
Your littles will soar to the top of the class with these awesome plane valentines from Crap I’ve Made. Snag toy planes on the cheap on Amazon or at a party store.
8. Rubber Duckie Valentines
We love a good pun, and this card from Simple Enchantments is definitely a winner.
9. Candy-Free Valentines
Since kids will be loading up on candy all day, we love this change of pace from Pretty Prudent. Pick from crayons, bubbles, glitter, or bandaids—all of which have their own clever puns.
10. Pirate Puns
Pirate-obsessed kids will love this clever valentine from MerMag. A pirate pun, a heart eye patch—it just doesn’t get much cuter than this.
11. Glow Stick Valentines
Check out this cute idea from Eighteen 25—with a few packs of glow sticks, it’s pretty easy to put together.
12. Kool-Aid Fun
If your little one is a Kool-Aid lover, they’ll definitely get a kick out of these cute homemade Valentine’s Day cards from My Name Is Snickerdoodle.
13. Star(burst) Cards
Fancy up your valentines this year with this idea from It’s Always Autumn. Crafty kids will enjoy decorating each card with a potato stamp.
14. Origami Cards
Whether you’re an origami expert or just a beginner, these easy DIY valentines from Omiyage Blogs will be a winner.
15. Crayon Cards
If you want to get crafty for your Valentine this year, this idea from The Nerd’s Wife is an awesome option. Plus, you’ll get to put all your broken crayon stubs to good use.
16. Blow Pop Butterflies
We love this fun (but super easy) take on valentines from Skip to My Lou. The kids will love the sweetness and creativity of this one.
17. Gummy Fish Valentines
Swedish Fish fans: here’s your opportunity to put them to good use, thanks to Faboolous.
18. Cute Sheep Valentines
Crafty kids will love making this valentine—just print out the cards from Hello, Wonderful, and then let them glue on pom poms for the sheep’s “wool.”
19. Play-Doh Packages
Here’s another gift that keeps on giving: Play-Doh. Just add a fun label to the carton (Random Thoughts from a Supermom has a convenient printable), and the whole class will be sculpting hearts and flowers for their special someone.
20. Valentine “Cards”
We love the quirky character of these homemade Valentine’s Day “cards” from My Paper Crane. The supplies are easy to round up, there’s lots of room for kid participation, and the results are oh-so-cute.
21. Toy Snake Valentines
Good news for little snake charmers! A Subtle Revelry has ultra-cute easy Valentine’s Day cards that only require a teensy amount of effort and a handful of Dollar Store snakes.
22. Watercolor Tray Valentines
Show some love to a pal and stock their art supply drawer! Take a cue from Warm Hot Chocolate and go for easy homemade valentines that encourage creativity and look pretty, too (You can even snag the watercolors at the Dollar Store—score!).
23. Cupcake Liner Creativity
What, you didn’t think those festive Valentine’s Day cupcake liners were only good for cupcakes, did you? Urban Comfort has a crafty idea that’s easy to make but oh-so-impressive.
24. I Spy Surprise
A loving message and a treasure hunt all in one? Yes, please! A Mom with a Lesson Plan has a great idea for adding a little “I Spy” to your V-Day. It’s a great excuse to roam the neighborhood (or a good way to entertain house-bound little cupids).
25. Upcycled Valentines
You can’t help but love this idea from Art Bar Blog. With washi tape, alphabet stamps, and lots and lots of upcycled hearts, you can make gift bags for storing cards or holding other V-Day treats.
26. Joke Boxes
Brace yourselves, this idea from Delia Creates combines puns, Laffy Taffy, silly bands, and LEGO-inspired boxes. It sounds like a win-win to us.
27. Bear-y Cute Valentine
We can’t get over the cute factor of these Valentine’s Day cards for school from Domestic Mommyhood. They’re easy as pie to print, cut, and distribute—and they also make excellent lunchbox love notes.
28. High Fives
What’s the ultimate show of support for your special valentine? A Subtle Revelry has the answer in the form of a printable high five. This nifty idea is easy and sure to be a classroom fave.