Just as any other trend experiences its ebb and flow of popularity, so, too, have the beloved handmade Valentines. I’ve always preferred homemade Valentines; they have an appeal, a creativity, and a caring feel that commercialized Valentines never have. They remind me of being in elementary school and sitting at my desk with my homemade mailbox, watching as my fellow classmates dropped each of their handcrafted cards and hearts into the decorative shoebox slot. Handmade Valentines also remind me of the doily and paper mâché heart that my dad crafted for my mom one year; something that she’s treasured like no other.
When we received our HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11 and HP Envy 4500 Color Printer we used them throughout the holidays for decor and party ideas, as well as a few projects for my son and his schoolwork, so I had the great idea to use them to create handmade Valentines, as well. I started searching for fun ideas and Valentine’s Day printables and found some great one from a few bloggers who love Valentine’s Day as much as I!
Valentine’s Day Printable Love Coupons
Usually when we think of printable love coupons, we think of the ones shared between couples that are sometimes a little kinky and fun, but All Those Things I Love featured printable coupons that can be given to couples, friends or family. She has bright, colorful coupons (colors that, when printed on my HP Envy 4500 color orinter, looked amazing!) that can be printed and used for things like an hour bedtime extension, one load of laundry, breakfast in bed, and other fun chores and goodies.
Teach Me 2 Save has fun Valentine’s Day printable coupons that are perfect for family members to share with each other and even features a blank template so you can fill in your own special favor.
Be sweet without the candy overload
Many parents are opting for a Valentine’s without candy, so bringing candy to a classroom party might be frowned upon for some teachers. So This Mama Loves created a fun kids Valentines project that doesn’t include candy but is still sweet.
Another great Valentine sans candy are these DIY Dino Valentines from Simmworks Family. They’re easy enough for kids to assemble themselves and features a keepsake that won’t send them running to the dentist. Their healthy Valentines printables are another great option if you’re looking to avoid candy.
Here’s an option that kids will go nuts for – another non-candy option that are easy for your kids to assemble. Around My Family Table has printable Valentines tags that can be applied to a small bag of nuts or other snack that kids love.
Playing with your food for a cause
Our friends at Homemaking Hacks has a fun idea that encourages your kids to play with their food. With some elbow macaroni and a few other household items, your kids can create a fun and creative Valentine using simple instructions and a printable template that will help them create all on their own – perfect for that independent stage!
Be sure to check out their cute “You Make My Heart Skip A Beat” printables for a fun alternative to candy Valentines!
If you build it, they will celebrate
Mom vs The Boys has adorable Lego themed Valentines printables that also present a non-candy option and are easy for kids to make. However, make sure these are for older kids because of the ‘treats’ inside.
For Minecraft fans, Cute As A Fox also has Minecraft printable Valentines.
Disney inspired Valentines
For those that are Disney fans – and who isn’t? – The Nerd’s Wife has easy to print but incredibly cute and colorful Lightening McQueen printable Valentine’s Day cards! You can even add fun little toys to add a fun pop to the cards and the site has a few great suggestions to help you find the perfect one.
The Nerd’s Wife also features an incredible cute printable for Play-Doh Valentines that kids of all ages will love!
If your child likes the Disney Cars theme, they might also love these easy Disney DIY printable Cars Valentines from Disney DIY.
Desert Chic Ramblings has Disney Frozen Valentines printables that, if are any indication of the film’s success, should be a huge hit in any classroom!
Don’t forget about your favorite teacher
Moms And Munchkins has a great printable for kids that we thought would make the perfect Valentine for teachers! With a few inexpensive items and easy to follow instructions, this cute Valentine is sure to “measure up” for your child’s favorite teacher… or two.
About A Mom has an inexpensive idea for teachers that is both sweet and easy! Check out their Hugs & Kisses printables that is sure to make your favorite teacher blush!
It’s party time!
Canadian blog Frugal Mom Eh (we love that name!) has a whole party pack of printables for Valentine’s Day which include things like cards, banners and more!
Imagine your child featured on their own Valentines! Desert Chica Ramblings has Star Wars themed printables that your child can make themselves for their classroom Valentines Day party.
Cute As A Fox has these cute as a bug printable photo Valentines that feature your child that also feature a non-candy option. Trust us, your child’s teacher will thank you.
PLEASE NOTE: We’ve had so many problems with our HP Pavilion TouchScreen 11 notebook computer. This is not a productive machine and should not be purchased if you have other options.