Ah, Valentine’s Day. Holiday of love and sweethearts. Of roses and chocolates. And, these days, of epic Valentine cards that kids as young as two bring home from school – in specially designated (and elaborately decorated) shoeboxes.
Every year, when February rolls around, I face the same dilemma:
Do I bust out the glue gun and try to compete with the Really Crafty Moms, making Pinterest-worthy cards that, realistically, are more likely to end up as #PinterestFails?
Or do I toss a couple boxes of superhero Walmart cards (offering their perennial choice of blurry temporary tattoos, ridiculously tiny stickers and/or lollipops of questionable shelf life) in with my frozen waffles (don’t judge) and honey buns (okay, you can judge a little).
The last few years, my choice has been the pre-made route because I have 3 boys who, in all likelihood, won’t notice what they’re passing out, much less how cute or crafty or labor-intensive they were to create. Also, honestly, who really has that kind of time??
But this year I’m determined to try “just a little” harder.
So I’ve been searching for cute ideas that are:
(a) cheap – as long as there’s candy or something fun, I find that kids don’t know or care how much you spend,
(b) practical – no glittery, homemade play doh that gets squished in a backpack or mashed into the carpet from this mom (you can thank me later),
and, above all
(c) so easy that a monkey (or a mom deficient in scrapbooking skills) could do it.
And what do you know? There are tons of amazing, easy ideas out there. Here are my favorite contenders.
From: The Homes I Have Made.
These still look a little beyond my skills (as I do not own a Cricut cutter), but with some markers and a bit of tweaking (and generous amounts of scotch tape), I think I could make these work. Plus, they’re on the masculine side which would be great for my boys.
From: Not Consumed
Okay, these are more my speed. Free printables WITH the added bonus of Bible references (perfect for our Christian preschool). A little bagging and stapling and…done!
From: Craftaholics Anonymous
Super cute AND easy….just print out the free printable and stick on a box of crayons. Voila! Creative, adorable, and perfect for the preschool/elementary crowd.
From: Bloom Designs
So….these might be my favorite (and probably the kids’ favorites too, because hey, who doesn’t like a donut with heart-shaped sprinkles??). There’s a little more work involved to add the sprinkles to the donut, but that’s not too bad. Or you could substitute those super soft frosted sprinkle cookies you can always find at the grocery store around any holiday. Bag ’em up, tie on the free printable and you’re good to go!
From: Hansen Family Chaos
Could these be any cuter or easier? Simple enough for even the most craftily-challenged mama! And, if there’s one thing all kids love, it’s a stick that glows in the dark.
From: One Creative Mommy
Another awesomely simple Valentine idea that takes almost no effort. Print. Tape/staple. Done. And you can’t go wrong with goldfish snacks, right?
These would definitely be a hit…especially with the younger kids. All their favorites in one little bag, plus and adorable teddy bear printable to tie it all together. Easy peasy!
There you go…I’m pretty sure it took longer to write this post than it would to make any of these adorable DIY Valentines. Now, to find my stapler and some Ziplock baggies. Those Really Crafty Moms won’t know what hit ’em.