- 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!