8 Fun & Easy DIY Valentine Ideas For Kids


For school-age children, Valentine’s Day is a pretty big deal. It’s a chance for their classmates to offer up a small token of affection and thank each other for their friendship.

So, each year our family sets aside an afternoon to get crafty and make valentines for their classmates. It’s a great opportunity for us to slow things down and spend some quality time together.

Of course, if you leave things till the last-minute, like I tend to do, it can also cause a great deal of stress for you, the parent helper. But, don’t despair. I’ve got some creative ways for the kids to recognize their friends, while keeping things relatively simple for them — and you. The ideas are quick to implement and they’re budget-friendly, too.

Love bug magnets

What you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • A glue gun
  • Pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Clothespins
  • Magnet strips
  • Cardstock or store-bought valentines

Take the glue gun and place a strip of glue along one side of your popsicle stick. Line the pom poms up in any color arrangement you choose. Put a dab of glue on two googly eyes and stick them on the ‘head’ of your critter. Place another line of glue on the bottom and adhere the stick to a clothespin. On the underside of the clothespin, glue on a magnet strip. Cut out cardstock, or grab some store-bought valentines, and have the kids address them to their classmates.

Homemade slime

No need to buy it at the store. Have some fun experimenting with science and make your own at home.

What you’ll need:

– 1 cup glue
– 2 cups water, halved
– 2 Tbsp. Borax
– food coloring
– two mixing bowls

In one mixing bowl, combine the glue and one cup of water. In the other bowl, mix together the Borax, the other cup of water and a couple drops of food coloring. Add the Borax mixture to the glue until you achieve desired consistency.  For an added effect, consider using a bit of glow-in-the-dark paint, instead of food coloring. Divide up the slime and use sandwich bags, like Ziploc bags, for storage. Leave the recipe with your ooey-gooey valentines, so the kids can make it at home, too.

Q-tip flowers

Forget the roses. These beauties are fun to make and never die. They’re a great gift idea for teachers, bus drivers, grandparents, or other special people in your child’s life.

What you’ll need:

– wooden dowel
– Q-tips
– scissors
– small bowl of water
– food coloring
– glue
– Styrofoam ball

Insert the dowel into your Styrofoam ball, so it looks like a lollipop. Next, add a few drops of food coloring to your bowl of water. Cut the Q-tips in half, then dip them into the water mixture. Dab a little glue on the other end of the Q-tip. Stick that end into the Styrofoam ball. Keep this process going until the ball is full. If you have the time, make a few different color ‘flowers’ and grab a small vase from the Dollar Store to hold the bouquet.

Crazy straws

What kid doesn’t like crazy straws? New ones can replace all the old ones some parents have thrown away over the years, because they got too hard to clean. Pair the straw up with a cute message like, “Sip, sip hooray for Valentine’s Day!” Or, “I’m crazy for you, Valentine.” Ask the kids to come up with their own creative message that goes along with the idea.

Heart necklaces

What you need:

– cardstock or construction paper
– markers
– scissors
– yarn or string
– glue
– hole punch

Cut out small hearts (an inch or so in diameter) and write one letter of your valentine’s name on each one. Assemble the hearts with glue and let dry. Next, take a hole punch and add a hole to the first and last letter of the name. String yarn through each end and tie at the ends to create a necklace. Have your child sign the back of each one.

DIY word search

This is actually a lot easier than it sounds. There are numerous word search generators online that you can use. Here’s one I found easy to use such as puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com. Once you’re on the site, you have a couple things to do. Give the word search a name and type in the words you wish to use. If the valentines are for a classroom of kids, consider using all their names. You can also throw in words related to Valentine’s Day like heart, Cupid, arrow, love, etc. At the click of a button, the word search will be put together, complete with a list of words to find. All that’s left to do is print it out and sign it.

Bubbles

Bag up a container of bubbles and a wand. Pair it with a valentine that says, “You blow me away, Valentine.” On the back of the valentine you can leave this recipe for homemade bubble solution: 3 cups water, 1 cup dish soap and ¾ cup corn syrup. Mix all ingredients together and play.

Paper hearts

What you need:

– Cardstock, cut into 5”x7” rectangles
– tissue paper, assorted colors
– marker
– glue

This is a great handmade idea for those with minimal supplies, and limited time on their hands. On each rectangle, draw a large heart in the middle. Next, tear up the tissue papers into small pieces. Spread glue all over the inside of the heart and fill it with the tissue pieces. Address to your valentine and you’re done.

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