If Valentine’s Day gives you visions of glue guns and doilies and craft messes you’d rather avoid, never fear. We’ve gathered clever ideas from around the web–including convenient, printable PDFs–that make the most out of the holiday and add a twist to those standard classroom cards. Browse our picks below and let the love (and creativity!) flow.

Have a Ball Valentine

Not every Valentine has to include candy, right? This clever idea from Dandee Designs includes a fun toy that the little ones can play with even after the sugar high has subsided. Plus, they’re just as economical as store-bought cards if you can score some cheap bouncy balls at your local dollar store.

This Valentine’s Day, will you be going store bought or homemade? 

— Susie Foresman & Abigail Matsumoto

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