Pinterest and Homemade Valentines

| January 27, 2015 | 25 Comments

PinterestHomemadeValentineValentine’s Day is in just a few weeks, and my kids are raring to go! I don’t like buying the valentines from the grocery store; my kids tend to just throw those out. Making homemade valentines is definitely something that takes time, but if you start now and make a few per night, you can have them all done in advance of the big day! I love looking on Pinterest to find great ideas for holidays! Here are some ideas that I’ve found on Pinterest that we’re considering for this year’s homemade valentines:

  • Use up any leftover candy canes to make valentines! This is particularly good if you bought some boxes of the mini candy canes on clearance. If you put two together, you’ll see that it makes a heart. If your child’s school allows homemade food (I know that some schools don’t), bake sugar cookies in the shape of a heart, and attach the candy canes with icing. Wrap in cellophane bags, add a tag, and you’re done! This isn’t something that you’ll want to do weeks in advance, of course. Bake the cookies on the 13th, and have the kids decorate them when they get home from school.
  • Use conversation hearts and plastic shovels to make a really cute valentine! I found this one last year and remembered it this year when I went through my pins. This would work best if your child is in a small class, or maybe for a Sunday School class or other small group, as it could get a bit pricey. Buy a small beach shovel for each child. You might be able to find them at a dollar store, but it might be difficult this time of year. You could also try somewhere like the Oriental Trading Company. Place the shovel in a cellophane bag along with a handful of conversation hearts. Attach a tag that says, “I dig you.” So cute!
  • Make Valentine’s Day bookmarks. This is a great craft to work on each night for 15 minutes or so. Cut scrapbook paper into bookmark-shaped rectangles (use pinking shears or zigzag scrapbooking scissors if you have them). Draw a heart on the bookmark and cut it out, leaving a heart-shaped hole. Then cut a slightly larger rectangle out of red or pink felt and glue the paper to the felt. Voila, a bookmark with a heart in the middle! Write a friendly message on the paper and you’re done.

Please follow ShopaholicMommy on Pinterest to see what we’re up to! We have found a lot of great recipes and other types of crafts all over the Internet that have sparked great ideas. Browsing the site will certainly give you even more ideas for your own homemade valentines, too!

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  1. denise smith says:

    this is so cute thanks for the tips and suggestions

  2. Krista Grandstaff says:

    I was on pinterest for hours last last night looking at V-Day suggestions… these are great ideas, especially the bookmarks 🙂

  3. ray says:

    I love doing this kinda stuff with the kids thanks

  4. Anita Leibert says:

    This is a great idea and also so much more personalized!

  5. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    Thank you for the tips. I never thought about placing 2 candy canes together to make a heart.

  6. Tammy S says:

    I don’t like buying Valentine cards at the store either. They have gotten so cheap. I really like the bookmark idea. Makes it extra special.

  7. Karen Hand says:

    Very cute suggestions. Thanks for the tip.

  8. Wendy Mastin says:

    homemade valentines are the best and they mean so much more

  9. Heather says:

    Cute ideas! I love crafting for Valentine’s Day.

  10. Maddie K. says:

    I could kick myself for throwing away all those silly candy canes now!

  11. Marthalynn says:

    I just love crafts I can do with my son! It’s going to be fun to make Valentine’s with him this year. It will make him so happy and it will mean a lot to those that receive them. Thanks for the ideas!

  12. Juana R. says:

    This is a great idea rather than the store bought cards and certainly a fun time with my son!

  13. Wendy says:

    I don’t use pinterest

  14. MD Kennedy says:

    Great ideas, and I love the idea of using leftovers (ie the candy canes)!

  15. Rama says:

    DIY valentines are so much more meaningful!!! 😉

  16. kassy joly says:

    WOW! Thanks for the ideas and suggestions 🙂

  17. Sharon Siqueiros says:

    The bookmarks are a wonderful idea, not only for classmates/friends, but grandma and auntie would love a handmade valentine bookmark

  18. Minta says:

    Love these ideas.

  19. laurie nykaza says:

    I love the idea of taking the candy canes after xmas especially when they go on clearance and make hearts out of them glue on top of boxes or put on a card. great ideas for Pinerest

  20. Megan Blumenthal says:

    great ideas! love pinterest for DIY gifts.

  21. Great projects for all ages, thanks.

  22. Heather Ashley says:

    thanks for the great ideas!

  23. Jennifer Hedden says:

    We love making homemade treats so these ideas are perfect. I really like the idea of making homemade Valentines instead of buying them from the store. My girls would love the bookmarks because they are both into reading. Thank your for sharing these!

  24. Michelle Tucker says:

    Oh I wish I were more crafty. Your ideas sound great!

  25. Paula V says:

    I love all of the V-Day ideas floating on pinterest and elsewhere. I’ve seen the shovel “I dig you” and thought that was really cute. So many cute ideas out there.

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