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Homemade Valentine Card Ideas for Kids

Updated on May 19, 2013

Save Time and Money by Making Your Own Cards

Making your own Valentine's Day cards for kids can save you time and money. Just a few minutes on the computer and you can have your cards printed and ready for a quick embellishment. Whether you are making cards for the whole class or just want to make a nice homemade card for little family members, these ideas are sure to bring a smile to their face!

Homemade Mustache Card

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front of handmade mustache card | Source
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inside of handmade card | Source
the mustache comes off the card to wear and act silly with
the mustache comes off the card to wear and act silly with | Source

Mustache Cards

Mustaches just seem to be getting cooler and cooler, so using the 'stache' as a Valentine's Day card idea for kids seems like a no-brainer. You can create this on a computer using a word processing program with some fancy fonts or you can draw and write it up yourself. If kids are making this for an entire class, the computer method is much easier!

  1. On the card it should read: I mustache you a question; Will you be my Valentine?
  2. You can decorate the card with hearts or a large face. If you use a large face you can line up the mustache with the face.
  3. Cut two slits in the card so you can have the mustache on a stick attach to the card.
  4. You can use a mustache on a stick that is made out of paper or you can create a chocolate mustache on a stick that is edible.
  5. If you do not want to have a mustache to give everyone, you could have your child put marker on the outside of their finger and put it up to their face as a mustache and take a picture. You could put your child's picture on the card instead.

Computer Made Card

This card was made on the computer using MS Word and printed on heavy cardstock paper.
This card was made on the computer using MS Word and printed on heavy cardstock paper. | Source

Star Wars Valentine Card

The glowing lightsaber can be worn as a bracelet later
The glowing lightsaber can be worn as a bracelet later | Source

Star Wars Cards

Alhtough Star Wars cards may seem geared towards boys, there are some female characters and when my son made these for his classmates last year, everyone loved getting the glow in the dark bracelets to wear.

  1. You will need to buy thin glow in the dark bracelets that you put together yourself.
  2. Find Star Wars character images on Google images and print them onto heavy cardstock paper.
  3. Cut them out and attach an UNBROKEN and UNBENT glow in the dark bracelet to the hands of the Star Wars character. (Leave the plastic closure for the bracelet on the one end of the stick).
  4. When your Valentine gets the card they can take the stick off, bend it to activate the glow and then connect it an have a bracelet with the plastic connector.

Possible Sayings:

  • May the force be with you this Valentine's Day
  • The sugar is strong in this one
  • I don't have a bad feeling about this
  • You are out of this world

Homemade Lego Valentines

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Lots of Valentines for classmates | Source
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Lego Valentines

If you have a lot of loose Lego blocks, you can create hearts and show people that you love them to pieces!

  • For each heart you will need a 2 x 2 block and 4 x 2 block, and a flat 2 x 2 and flat 4 x 2
  • Place the flat pieces on a table to form a heart and then put the blocks on top so that it overlaps and makes a solid heart that you can pick up without falling apart
  • Use a little tape to adhere the heart block to a piece of sturdy paper and write I (Heart) You
  • You can also write things like " I love you to pieces", "Don't break my heart", or "I'll never LEGO of you"
  • You can place the Valentine in little plastic bags to give away

If you are really into Legos, you can make an upcycled heart necklace with simple pieces and a necklace chain.

Card Title Suggestions

  • You're a sweet friend!
  • You are full of sugar and spice and everything nice!
  • Will you be my sweetheart?

Cards with Candy

  1. Take a photo of your child and have them holding their arm out to the one side.
  2. Open a word processing or photo editing software program and create a title to go over the photo (see suggestions to the right).
  3. Print out the photo with title onto heavy card stock paper.
  4. Place a lollipop or candy stick in their hand using glue dots or double sided tape

For more detailed directions and photos check out mommygaga.com

You can also make lollipop flower cards, check out Martha Stewart's lollipop suggestions and other great ideas!

Consider Adding Scented Pencils to Your Cards!

Cards with Pencils

If you are making Valentine Cards for an entire class, adding a pencil to the card is a great idea. You can design the card however you want on the computer and then cut slits to hold the pencil in place. You can also tape pencils to the back of the card and then place all the cards in a shoebox to safely transport them to school. Here are some ideas of phrases you can use:

  • You're the WRITE one for me
  • Let's get to the point; Will you be my Valentine?
  • You've got the WRITE stuff

Cards with Money

If your Valentine would love a little extra spending money, consider folding a dollar bill into the shape of a heart and attaching it to your homemade card. Check out the videos below for step-by-step directions on folding money into hearts. You may also want to make your own little envelope and store the money heart inside. Consider labeling the card or envelope with something like this:

  • My heart belongs to_________
  • My love for you is priceless

Simple Dollar Bill Heart

One Step Up: Dollar Heart with Quarter Inside

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      When I was a kid, my mom and I would make Valentines at home every year. My classmates would bring in cartoon Valentines from the store, but I always had these unique, elaborate creations. It was kind of cool!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      What clever ideas and home made to boot. Those are my favorite things!Will show to my daughter. Thanks!

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      All the kids really liked my son's star wars cards he made last year way better than the kind you buy at the store:)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      These are all great ideas, but I must say: I love the mustache cards!! I'll have to remember that idea when my son goes to school next year.

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yes, the mustache card is cute and I don't see them going out of style anytime soon:)

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      I love the Star Wars Valentine's day cards. Those are adorable! I am definitely doing those for my son's class this year. They're really cool, and I like the fact that they don't have candy (my kids get WAY too much candy from Valentine's Day)!

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      most school age kids both boys and girls love the glow in the dark bracelets:)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Such a cute card ! The moustache gives a giggle to my kid. I am sure my kid will enjoy making this Valentine's Day card for his daddy ! Voted useful

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      daisyjae 4 years ago from Canada

      Nice ideas! I especially like the star wars one.

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      May the force be with you this Vday daisyjae!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      These are so cute! I'm a little behind this year, so thank you for all these ideas! I especially appreciate that you gave so many ideas without candy add-ons, as so many kids have food issues. Happy Valentine's Day (almost)!

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      Cassidy Johnson 4 years ago from Washington

      Very clever ideas. Mustaches are so popular right now, my daughter will love this. Voted useful

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Glad you both liked the ideas. I agree candy-free Valentine's are a perfect fir so that no one is left out!

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      tia . 3 years ago

      to amyc have a good day at florida happy valentine lots of hugs and kisses lots of love love from tia .xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

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      Jonathan H Joseph 3 years ago

      Great post and very timely. Thanks for doing a great job - I'm trying this out.

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