Kid Valentine Round-Up


Day Four: Making Time For Romance… AFTER you get the kids’ Valentines made, of course!

If you have lots of littles (or even just one!) Valentine’s Day can be an exponential nightmare. Especially  if the memo home says, “Please, no candy.” Or worse, “Please, no store bought Valentines.”  

Our son is 17, so we’re long past the need to create hand made Valentines en masse, but I remember. Oh. I remember. I remember thinking, “SURE it’s cute your child’s name is Sophia-Annabelle, one word. But, it won’t fit on this tiny Valentine in 2nd grade penmanship.” I remember fighting with my child to get him to sign his own name, 30 times and wishing we’d named him, “G”.  And, oh the tears, “No, you’ll have to wait until Valentine’s Day to eat the candy. Yes, I’m sure someone will give you a Valentine with that kind of candy in it. Yes, I’ll save one of yours just in case.” Sigh.

Plus, there was always the fear: what if you choose/buy/make the WRONG thing and your kid gets laughed right out of the room. There’s always that kid, right? Who points and laughs and the rest of the little darlings join in. Sigh. 

And what’s up with the store-bought ones always including something completely inappropriate in the mix? If you need to give 30 Valentines, and the box of 15 has 5 in that say, “I think you’re HOTT!, how many boxes of Valentines must you buy? 

Oh! The pressure. Now multiply all that by 90, because you have 3 littles.  It’s no wonder you think you don’t have time for romance. You don’t! 

I can’t help you with the tears, long names, or the math (my son says it’s 3 boxes!) But I can save you some time! I’ve rounded up the cutest, kid-pleasing, handmade Valentines you can do with your littles of all ages. So, take a few notes and get cracking this weekend.  


DIY Kid Valentine Round-Up



Via U Create. What you need: a printer and boxes of Candy Hearts. EASY PEASEY! (free printable)



Adorable free download from Sweet Muffin Suite. What you need: a printer and pencils. You could also use Pixie Sticks!! 




Butterflies! What you need: card stock,Lollies, and goggly eyes. School say “no candy”? Use a pencil! Via Skip to My Lou



Who doesn’t love Swedish Fish? These are adorable. What you need: plastic bags, a printer, ribbon, candy. Via I Heart Naptime.  (PS: goldfish crackers work for the toddler set!) 



Be Amazing! Fun printable maze. What you need: printer and pencils.  Found on Balancing Home. 

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A Love Project: Fourteen Days of Love


Handmade Valentine: Find more more at Mireio


Lately, when I’m on Pinterest, I find myself quietly singing, “My boards are alive… with the sound of Valentines.” (to the tune of “The Hills are Alive, with the Sound of Music.”) I’m a brilliant lyricist. (not) But it’s true, right? Everywhere you turn people are pinning ideas for this season of Love. 

I’ve made some lovely little sachets for Mireio. Sweet things that come in parchment envelopes to give to your sweetheart. But I’m seriously turning my thoughts to how to sweeten up things here at home as well. Ideas that don’t always include sugar, though, because: resolutions!

I’ve been turning this idea over for the past few weeks, and I’ve decided to find little ways, sweet ways to tell the people I love how adored they are this year. I’m not sure what all I’m going to do just yet, but I’ll be posting my progress here on the blog. I think a few craft projects, some baking, maybe even a collaborative project to send to friends? I think we’ll call it 14 days of Love. Starting February 1, I’ll post my first project. 

Sound good to you? If you want to play along, let me know. I’d love to see your projects and ideas!!