11 Easy DIY Valentines for Kids

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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

    DIY Valentine's Day My Heart Pops For You popcorn bags
    Bird's Party

    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.

    My Heart Pops for You Valentine's Day Favors from Bird's Party

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    Printable Bunny Gift Bag

    Valentine's Day Printable Bunny Gift Bag
    Mr. Printables

    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.

    Bunny Gift Bag from Mr. Printables

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    Crazy Owl Valentines

    DIY Crazy Owl Valentines
    Happiness Is Homemade

    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 Straw Owl Valentines from Happiness Is Homemade

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    Pencil Valentines

    DIY Pencil Valentine
    Positively Splendid

    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.

    Pencil Valentines from Positively Splendid

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    Printable Valentine's Day Lunch Jokes

    Printable Valentine's Day Lunch Jokes
    Craftaholics Anonymous

    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.

    Printable Valentine's Day Lunch Jokes from Craftaholics Anonymous

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    Fish Bowl Valentines

    DIY Fish Bowl Valentines
    Bliss Bloom Blog

    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 from Bliss Bloom Blog

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    Cinnamon-Scented Glitter Play Dough

    DIY Cinnamon Scented Glitter Play Dough
    Make Life Lovely

    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.

    Cinnamon-Scented Glitter Play Dough from Make Life Lovely

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    Awesome Sauce Snack Labels

    You’re Awesome Sauce Valentine 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.

    Awesome Sauce Snack Labels from C.R.A.F.T.

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    Dinosaur Valentines

    DIY Dinosaur Valentines

    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.

    Dinosaur Valentine Printable from A Crafty Spoonful

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    Punched-Out Heart Treat Bags

    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 from NoBiggie

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    Magnetic Kissing Pigs Toys

    DIY Magnetic Kissing Pigs Toys
    Craft Passion

    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.

    Magnetic Kissing Pigs Toys from Craft Passion