When it comes to expressing matters of the heart, what better gift than a few homemade Valentine’s Day cards? We’ve searched the web and gathered everything from cards perfect for the school party to last-minute scramblers worthy of display—all of them are sweet as can be. Keep reading to let the love (and creativity) flow.
1. Flamingo Valentines
You can’t go wrong with pipe cleaners and hearts when Valentine’s Day rolls around—these fun flamingos are a great idea for kiddos who are all about animals. You can find this super-simple Valentine’s Day card over at Ranger Rick.
2. Pull On the Heart Strings
3. Go Fish
4. You're a Cutie
Our kids love mandarin oranges (aka cuties), and this easy valentine from It’s Always Autumn is the perfect way to use them. Buy a big bag at the grocery store and you’re halfway there. Click here to get the details.
5. LEGO My Valentine
6. Plane Awesome
7. Good Fortune
Get creative this year with these amazing valentines from Evermine Occasions. Your kids can fill each “cookie” with special messages. To grab their printable and see the step-by-step instructions, click here.
8. Rubber Duckie, You're the One
9. Candy-Free Creativity
Since kids will be loading up on candy all day, we love this change of pace from Pretty Prudent. Pick from crayons, bubbles, glitter or bandaids—all of which have their own clever puns. Click here to get the details, including free printables.
10. Arrg! Be Mine
11. Toot My Horn
12. Make My Heart Pop
13. Glow On
14. Too Kool
15. You're a Star(burst)
16. Say Cheese!
17. I Heart You
18. Color Your Heart Out
If you want to get crafty for your valentines this year, this idea from The Nerd’s Wife is an awesome option. Plus you’ll get to put all your broken crayon stubs to good use. To get the details, click here.
19. Out of This World
20. Blow Pop Butterflies
21. Great Gummies
22. Wooly Be Mine?
Crafty kids will love making this valentine—just print out the cards from Hello, Wonderful, then let them glue on pom poms for the sheep’s “wool.” To get the details and the free printable, click here.
23. Pop(corn) Art
24. Have a Ball Valentine
Not every Valentine has to include candy, right? This clever idea from Dandee Designs includes a fun toy that kids can play with even after the sugar high has subsided. Plus, they’re just as economical as store-bought cards if you pick up some cheap bouncy balls at your local dollar store. Click here to get the details.
25. Say It with a Smile
Jazz up some run-of-the-mill Valentine’s candy with a cute photo of your kids and a pun or two, inspired by Lisa Storms. If your kids are old enough, get an assembly line going with staples or glue, and these will be done in no time. To learn more, click here.
26. No Craftiness Required
Here’s another gift that keeps on giving: Play-Doh. Just add a fun label to the carton (Random Thoughts from a Supermom has a convenient printable), and the whole class will be sculpting hearts and flowers for their special someone. Get all the details by clicking here.
27. You Color My Heart
If your kiddo loves to draw, this card from A Mom with a Lesson Plan might be a perfect choice. Simply draw a heart or other design for friends to color in, and then add in a fun phrase on the computer. If you want to go the extra mile, tie a crayon onto the card and you’re good to go! To learn more, click here.
28. Friends Forever
Admittedly, these cards look pretty impressive, but they shouldn’t take too much work. If your little one knows how to braid, put them to work on the bracelets while you print out the handy card template from Dandee Designs. Click here to learn more.
29. Superhero Sucker
Does your superhero-loving kid want to go a different direction than the usual Valentine hearts and flowers this year? This adorable idea from Zakka Life might fit the bill. With plenty of opportunities for cutting and pasting, it’ll be easy to get the little kids involved in the project, too. To get the instructions, click here.
30. Little Bubbles
Every little one we know loves to play with bubbles! Have your kiddos help design the card or print out this version from Simply Modern Mom, and then tape a vial of bubbles on top (check the dollar store for great deals on packs of bubbles). Get all the details by clicking here.
31. Valentine "Cards"
We love the quirky character of these Valentine “cards” from My Paper Crane. The supplies are easy to round up, there's lots of room for kid-participation, and the results are oh-so-cute. Click here to get the details.
32. Break Some Hearts
If your kid wants to nix the pink and red this Valentines' Day, try this idea for heartbreaker valentines from MADE. These brightly colored Valentines work great for boys and girls and will score big points with recipients who love “interactive” gifts (Who wouldn’t want to punch through those hearts and get a candy surprise?). To get the instructions, click here.
33. Wild for These Valentines
We’re totally wild for these animal-centric Valentines from Design Mom. They’ll appeal to all kinds of kids (especially those who can’t get enough of the animal kingdom) and thanks to Design Mom’s free printables, they’re ultra-easy to make. Click here to get the scoop.
34. High Flying Valentines
This awesome idea for paper airplane Valentines comes to us from Simply Stamped. We love how easy it is, and how easily your kiddo can get involved with folding, stamping, or adding a personal note. Bonus points for being gender-neutral cards! Click here to get the instructions.
35. Love You S-s-s-so
36. Bring on the Watercolor Works
Show some love to a pal and stock their art supply drawer! Take a cue from Warm Hot Chocolate and go for valentines that encourage creativity and look pretty, too. (You can even snag the watercolors at the Dollar Store—score!) Get the scoop here.
37. Oh, Baby!
Warning: making and sending this valentine will cause an infinite “awwww” chorus. We think grandmas everywhere will love this easy idea from A Little Pinch of Color, though you can send it to any relative, friend or lucky person in need of a dose of cuteness. Get the scoop here.
The force is strong with this valentine idea from Brassy Apple. We can’t decide which part little Jedis will love more: the Star Wars theme or the included glowstick. Get the scoop (and the free printable) here.
39. Love You to Pizzas
We guarantee this super cute valentine from Crafty Morning will nab a little pizza your heart. It’s a fun and easy craft that uses a paper plate and a few other materials you probably have on hand. Get the scoop here.
40. Candy Schmandy
Now that’s what we call a sweet valentine! We’re loving this super creative idea from Craftaholics Anonymous for fruity Valentine's Day treats. It’s easy to add these tags to your fruit of choice—and it’ll cut some of the holiday’s candy overload, too. Get the scoop here.
41. You Color My World
As any kid knows, you can never have too many crayons. We love the message behind this idea from DIY Candy ... and it doesn’t hurt that it’s simple enough to whip up on the fly! Get the scoop (and the free printable) here.
42. Cupcake Liner Creativity
43. I Spy Surprise
A loving message and a treasure hunt all in one? Yes, please! A Mom with a Lesson Plan has a great idea for adding a little “I Spy” to your V-Day. It’s a great excuse to roam the neighborhood (or a good way to entertain house-bound little cupids). Get the scoop here.
44. High-Flying Love
Want to take your homemade valentines to new heights? Pink Stripey Socks can help you out, especially if you need a refresher on how to make paper airplanes. Don’t forget the festive heart stamp and personal message! Get the scoop here.
45. The Shape of My Heart
46. Say It with Sensory Play
Looking for DIY valentines that have all the fun of a messy art project but without the actual mess? Modern Parents Messy Kids has the magic formula. On the must-have list: Q-Tips, shaving cream, and a few creative kids. Get the scoop here.
47. Love, Recycled
You can’t help but love this idea from Art Bar Blog. With washi tape, alphabet stamps, and lots and lots of upcycled hearts, you can make gift bags for storing cards or holding other V-Day treats. Get the scoop here.
48. My Funny Valentine
49. Bear-y Cute Valentine
50. Fun Fortune
Whether you know ‘em as fortune tellers or cootie catchers, we predict that these valentines from Design Mom will be a hit with kids everywhere. Print a whole bunch and then make them in minutes! Get the scoop (and the free printable) here.
51. Heart-ful High Five
What’s the ultimate show of support for your special valentine? A Subtle Revelry has the answer in the form of a printable high five. This nifty idea is a DIY cinch and sure to be a classroom fave. Get the scoop here.
52. I Wheelie Like You
If your kiddo isn’t into the gushy stuff, try this clever idea from Thirty Handmade Days. With a fun car, a cute pun, and of course, a bit of candy, this card is sure to be a hit in the classroom.
53. Photo Pop-Up Valentine's Day Card
This adorable pop-up card takes almost no time, and the 3D graphics are fun for everyone. Get the tutorial by clicking here.
— Susie Foresman & Abigail Matsumoto
Feature photo: FTD via Flickr