As adults, Dave and I don’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day; however, as a kid, I remember getting excited about passing out Valentine’s Day cards to the kids in my class. I never wanted anything too mushy or “lovey”, and the cards with candy or a small toy were obviously superior to a stand-alone card.
So the other day (just for fun) I looked through some of the Valentine’s cards at the grocery store… I was shocked how much a package of 10 or 12 children’s Valentine’s cost. You could spend a small fortune buying cards for each child’s entire class — or worse, each child’s entire grade.
That same day, when I returned from the store, I checked the mailbox and excitedly opened the new February issue of FamilyFun Magazine (I somehow got a free subscription).
As I quickly thumbed through the pages, I stopped on page 58 where I found two extremely cute, but also SO-simple, gender neutral, non-lovey, DIY Valentine’s Day card ideas. Both ideas should be quite frugal to make, both include candy or a prize, and depending on the age of your children, both cards include steps your children can help with!
So since Valentine’s Day is three weeks from today, I figured I should definitely share these two ideas with you!
1. Catch Of the Day
I don’t know the specific instructions for how to make this because you had to sign up for some email newsletter in order to get them (and I’m not signing up for any more email newsletters!); however, it looks pretty self-explanatory.
Step 1: Cut several small squares out of light blue paper (They look like they are about the same size as a post-it note)
Step 2: Write the following phrase near the top of each blue paper/post-it, “I’m glad you’re in my school.”
Step 3: Stick 1 blue paper inside a clear craft bag (a fold-top sandwich bag would probably work too)
Step 4: Put 3 Swedish Fish inside each bag, in front of the blue paper.
Step 5: Close the top of the bag with a twist-tie or rubber band
2. Have a Ball
If you’d like to stay sugar-free this Valentine’s Day, a simple heart cut out of construction paper and a super ball might do the trick.
Step 1: Cut a heart shape out of black construction paper
Step 2: Write the following phrase in the top right corner of the heart “You’re out of this world, Valentine” (I’d suggest using a silver Sharpie)
Step 3: Draw a few small planets and/or stars all over the heart (also with the silver Sharpie)
Step 4: Cut a circle (just a little smaller than the super ball) out of the left corner of the heart.
Step 5: Gently push the super ball into the hole so that it sticks
I’d probably put this card inside a sandwich bag just in case the super ball falls out.
Told you these were simple! I’m not even a crafty person, but if Nora was school-age, I would totally be making the fish card this year!
There are still 3 weeks until Valentine’s Day — and that should be plenty of time to pull off either one of these Valentine’s cards — especially if your kids help.