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How to Make Homemade Valentines

Store bought valentines can be cute, but can also be very lame. Do you want your kid to have to give out the same kind of valentines as another kid in class?

Making your own Valentine's Day cards can easily solve the duplicate issue! It's also a great way to bond with your children and teach them about Valentine's Day!

Read on to find out how to make homemade valentines for the special people in your life this year!

1) Lollipop Flowers

Sweeten your valentines with a little treat! These lollipops are adorable and tasty!


  • Red and green construction paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Lollipop
  • Glue Stick

  1. From red construction paper, cut out a heart that's just larger than the lollipop candy and glue it to the wrapper.

  2. For the leaves, fold the green paper in half and cut out a leaf shape, leaving the two sides attached at the seam.

  3. Unfold the double leaf shape, coat the entire inside surface with glue, and fold it back over the lollipop stem, pressing to secure.

2) Scratch and Win

Everyone can be a winner this Valentine's Day! Hit the jackpot with these unique valentines!


  • Metallic acrylic paint
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Disposable container
  • Foam brush
  • Clear contact paper
  • Card Stock
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • 3-D paint pens

  1. To make 36 hearts, combine 2 tablespoons of metallic acrylic paint and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in a disposable container. With a foam brush, paint a thin coating of the mixture onto the nonadhesive side of a 13-inch square of clear contact paper. When the coating is dry, add two more coats, letting each dry thoroughly.

  2. Next, download these templates. Print the Lucky Lotto page onto card stock and cut out the tickets. Using our heart template as a guide, cut hearts from the painted contact paper.

  3. Write a message on the right-hand side of each ticket. Peel the backing from a painted heart and stick it in place over the note. If you like, glue each ticket to a 3- by 6-inch rectangle of card stock and decorate it with 3-D paint pens.

3) Valentine Finger Puppets

Make your fingers dance to the beat of love this Valentine's Day! These valentines are sure to start up any party!


  • Card stock
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

  1. Cut a heart from colored card stock or heavy construction paper (use it as a template to make more).

  2. Punch a starter hole for each finger with a hole punch, then use scissors to enlarge the circle; a child's fingers should fit snugly through the holes.

  3. Decorate the heart with a paint pen or marker, adding facial features, and write your message on the back. Glue on googly eyes.

4) Rock Candy

Rock out this Valentine's Day with candy! This valentine is delicious and imaginative!


  • Tape
  • 2 (14-inch) pieces of string
  • 2 mini peanut butter cups
  • 1 (1-ounce) box of conversation hearts
  • 2 (4-inch) circles of aluminum foil
  • 4- by 7-inch strip of pink paper
  • Glue stick
  • Sheet of white printer paper

  1. Tape each end of a piece of string to a peanut butter cup. Tie on the other piece of string as shown, then tape the loose end to the candy box.

  2. Wrap each peanut butter cup in a circle of aluminum foil.

  3. Wrap the pink paper strip around the candy box and secure it with a glue stick.

  4. Cut paper shapes and write text for the scroll wheel and playlist, and use a glue stick to attach them to the box. Write a valentine message on the back of the box.

5) Kernels of Love

A crunchy, salty snack is the best way to win over someone's heart! Your friends' hearts will pop with love once they see these valentines! Materials

  • Scissors
  • White card stock or poster board
  • Ruler
  • Red marker
  • Glue Stick
  • Individually wrapped packages of microwave popcorn
  • Masking or clear tape

  1. Cut a popcorn-box shape (or use this template) and a smaller rectangle for a label from the card stock.

  2. With a ruler and marker, draw lines on the front of the box. Add a message and a border to the label, then glue it in place.

  3. Tape the popcorn to the back so that it sticks up above the container.

There you have it! 5 ingenious homemade valentines that will knock your friends off their feet! Have everyone talking about how great your valentines are this Valentine's Day!

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