Choosing valentines (whether for your kids or yourself) can turn into a huge time suck if you’re not careful. If you plan to buy them, the store has row upon row of options, and if you plan to make your own, you’ll spend an entire afternoon on Pinterest.
The Ultimate DIY Valentines List (40+ Ideas)
In an effort to save you some time, I’ve done the searching for you! Below are over 40 DIY valentine ideas. Most are really easy and some are a bit more involved, but I can guarantee that there’s something for everyone.
Find your favorite and then let me know which one you’re planning to use (especially if your kids go to school with my kids 😉 )
If you don’t have the time or energy to make your own (I feel you!!), but don’t want the store-bought feel, check out Etsy. You’re sure to find some adorable ones! (Affiliate link)
Favorite Characters Printables
Have any Lego fans at home? These printables from Carrie Elle will be perfect for your kids to hand out to their friends. Find them here.
These Big Hero 6 valentines from One Creative Mommy are adorable and since she’s done the hard work for you, all you have to do is print and paste. Check them out here .
Frozen Olaf Valentines :: One Creative Mommy
Fast and Frugal Brave Valentines (Merida) :: One Creative Mommy
Easy DIY Star Wars Valentines :: Carrie Elle
Mickey and Minnie Cutie Valentines :: Disney Family
Free Despicable Me 2 Valentines Printables :: She Scribes
Superhero Valentines :: Little Bit Funky
Play-Doh Valentines with Printable Labels :: Random Thoughts of a Supermom
“Super Fly” Printable Boy Valentines :: One Charming Party
You Blow Me Away Valentine Printable :: The Girl Creative
Glow Stick Valentine’s :: Kommunicated
Mad Libs Classroom Valentine Idea (+ free printable) :: Hip2Save
Free Valentine Printables “I’m Stuck on You” :: Making Home Base
You Are Just Write for Me Valentines :: The Teacher Wife
Valentine Socks :: Made to be a Momma
You Rock, Valentine :: Honest Co.
Fortune Cookie Valentines :: Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Fish Bowl Valentine’s Card :: Bliss Bloom Blog
DIY Popcorn Valentines :: Crafty Morning
I Chews You Valentine Idea and Printable :: Crazy Little Projects
Tootsie Pop Super Valentines :: One Creative Mommy
“You’re One in a Minion” Twinkie Valentines :: Crafty Morning
Non-Candy Fruit Valentines :: The Cards We Drew
Ring Pop Valentines (w/ Gem Printable) :: Dimple Prints
Love Potion Valentines :: Inkhappi
These watercolor heart note cards from bumblebreeblog are beautiful and easy enough that adults and kids can do them. Find the instructions here.
If you’re looking for a valentine that won’t be thrown away as soon as the kids bring it home from school, try these fleece heart rice bags from Creative Pink Butterfly. You can pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and they make perfect hand warmers to stick in your coat pocket. The step-by-step instructions can be found here.
If you love glitter, these glass glitter hearts from Woods of Bell Trees are perfect for you. Granted, it might be hard to find heart-shaped Christmas ornaments this time of year, but I bet you can find lots of other heart-shaped items that would do the trick. Find out how to make them here.
Paint Chip Bookmarks :: Old Town Home
“You Color My Heart” DIY Valentine Cards for Kids :: A Mom With a Lesson Plan
Photo Card Lollipop Valentines :: Keepin’ It Real 24-7-365
DIY Fabric Heart Valentines :: Flamingo Toes
Origami Heart Pocket :: Home-ology
Valentine Heart Keychain :: Albion Gould
Cupcake Valentines :: Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
Valentine Mason Jars :: Yesterday on Tuesday
Handprint Monkey Valentines :: Crafty Morning
Heart Caterpillars :: Crafty Morning
Button Heart Cards :: Real Simple
Celery Heart Flower Stamp :: Momstown Oakville
DIY Toy Animal Valentines :: Please Note
Thumbprint Valentine’s Day Bookmarks :: Sweet and Lovely Crafts
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Lauren @ Mom Home Guide says
Great list! I will have to check out the printables!
There are a bunch of good ones!
These are all so cute! What great ideas! Thanks for putting them all together, Lauren!
I hope you find some you like!
How cute – I love the ones with the Tic Tacs, that’s adorable!! So many great choices!! #SCBH2015
Aren’t those cute?? I haven’t seen the movie yet, but my kids want to.
Rose Molinary says
These are really cute ideas! I can’t wait for our toddler to be old enough to need to send valentine’s to school! 🙂
You might change your mind once you have to make 25 of them, haha 😉
These are some cute ideas! The kids are getting older and wanting to do more for Valentine’s Day, so this will be perfect. Thanks for doing the research 😉
It’s easier and harder when they start to have an opinion on things, isn’t it? It’s nice to not have to do everything yourself, but sometimes it’s less of a hassle when they’re too young to care!
WOW! What a GREAT list! I am totally digging the legos and tic tacs, pinning now!
Aren’t they cute? Eli has already picked out the ones he wants to use from the list. Samuel is still deciding if he wants to give out valentines at all (‘Girls give out cards.’) 😛
Anne Marie says
Wow! What an awesome list of Valentine’s ideas!! I can’t wait to try out a few of them!
There are some great ones! It’s hard to choose a favorite.
There are a lot of great ideas here! I love doing fun DIY projects for the holidays!
Me too! We haven’t done as many as we used to, but I want to get back into it a bit.
Herchel A Scruggs says
These are great! My kids and I still make valentines but last year, they chose to give out store bought ones along with them. The store bought cards are often cheaper than making them (if you don’t already have a craft supply stash) but I hate that every mom gets them from our Target so they all buy the same ones!
My hubby said the same thing: “It would be cheaper to buy them at the store than pay for all that ink you’re using!” But I agree, it’s nice to have ones that aren’t exactly the same as all the rest.
Vicki @ Five Spot Green Living says
These are such great ideas! I love that they are mostly craft-oriented and not all candy. Definitely saving and sharing.
Thanks Vicki! I love the non-candy ones too (and am glad that my oldest picked one of those to give out 😉 ).
So many cute ideas here! Love the legos and tic tacs. Stopping by from the SITS party.
Wow this is a great list! Thank you for putting it together. My boys love anything Star Wars and Legos, so great they’re on the list.
Yeah, my four year old isn’t sold on the idea of valentines (too girly), so hopefully one of the more ‘boyish’ options will appeal to him.