Easy-to-make DIY Valentine’s cards

With cards not being deemed an essential item, this may be the year to get a little crafty with the kids - here are some fun ways to spread the love

DIY Valentine's cards

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Valentine’s Day is approaching, and if you didn’t stock up on cards after last year’s sales on February 15, you might be out of luck finding them this year.

Unsurprisingly, stickers and glitter aren’t considered essential goods and are unavailable to purchase up to and including February 8, 2021 (at the earliest). Want to buy a box of ready-made cards featuring Marvel characters or Paw Patrol? Nope, can’t get those either.

Luckily, we’ve found some kid-friendly DIY Valentine’s cards that you can make to help spread some love, and you may already have the supplies lying around your home!

Whether you need enough for a Kindergarten class, a couple to slip into friends’ mailboxes, or plan on sending a love note to the grandparents; check out these creative cards perfect for that special someone.

Handprint Heart Art

These oh-so-cute handprint heart cards make a great keepsake for family members. Relatively easy, they’re also a great way for kids to practice their scissor skills!

Supplies:
Red and pink construction paper (or whatever colours you have)
Paper for the card
A coloured marker (optional)
Glue stick
Scissors


Celery stamping 

I was floored when I tried this with my kids, because it was just too easy! You can play with your food and make really beautiful art. Decorate the front cover of your card, let dry, and then write your message on the inside. If you want to try more food art, you can make different-shaped stamps by carving potatoes!

Supplies:
Celery
Paints
Paper for the card
A container for the paint (a plate works well)


Watercolour hearts 

While I won’t be doing any calligraphy, I really like the painted heart outline shown in the video below. You could make this craft even easier for kids by taping a cutout heart to your card front, having kids paint around it, and then removing the cutout for an empty shape to write in.

Supplies:
Washable watercolours or paint
Pencil
Heavy paper or cardstock
Scissors
Masking tape


Shaving cream hearts


The hardest part of making these cards might be waiting for them to dry. Though this may be a bit of a messy craft, it looks sooooo fun. Put an old shirt or smock on the little ones and have at it!

Supplies:
Craft paint
Construction paper
Shaving cream


Free printables


Does the thought of breaking out the paint and crafting 30 cards give you the shivers? These free printables will come to your rescue! Classmates will have a laugh at the cute puns and funny designs.

Supplies:
Paper (regular or cardstock)
Printer
Crayon, pen, or pencils for kids to sign their name
Free Printable


More free printables
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You need to subscribe to Hanging with the Kiddos, but doing so will give you automatic access to their adorable set of 6 free Valentine’s Day printable cards. “You got a pizza of my heart” Awwww.

Supplies:
Paper (regular or cardstock)
Colour printer
Crayon, pen, or pencils for kids to sign their name
Free printable


And another!

All you need are a few supplies to make these free printable owl cards. If you don’t have coloured cardstock, you can even print them out on white paper and colour them in. Older kids can cut out the shapes themselves, while little ones may need some help. Add a cute saying and away you go!

Supplies:
Coloured cardstock or plain paper
Glue stick
Scissors
Crayon, pen, or pencils for kids to sign their name
Free printable