Thursday February 9, 2012

Homemade valentines

While I definitely have nothing wrong with store-bought gifts—especially if it’s something that sparkles!—there’s just something heart-warming about a homemade valentine. Whether it’s a card cut out in love or a clever phrase on a much-loved treat, here are a few of my favorite DIY valentines:

  • Made with love. All you need is a pair of scissors, a glue stick, and pink or red paper and you have a DIY Valentine’s Day card made with love. A handmade card is a great project for kids, and a special keepsake for mom and dad.
  • I dig you. A savvy mom came up with this idea of filling a clear bag with red or pink M&Ms with a small plastic shovel stuck inside with a sticker on the bag saying, “I dig you!” Could also be done with bags of mini Oreos and gummy worms!
  • Show some pop. Soda is a treat in my family, so I love this idea of turning a family treat into a sweet valentine. Simply add a tag onto your favorite soda bottle with a cute saying like “I love everything you DEW” or “I’ve got a CRUSH on you.”
  • Pockets full of love. Sew together two pre-cut doilies, leaving a small opening to fill with candy before sewing it up, and then finish it off with Valentine’s Day inspired embellishments! I love these little heart-shaped doily pockets because they’re super easy to make and kids love ripping into them to get to the sweet center!

What are you and your kids’ favorite homemade valentine ideas?

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