Valentine’s Day: Handmade Cards for Kids

valentine's day handmade cards for kids
Inside: Skip the identical, boxed card sets this Valentine’s Day! Handmade cards are the perfect way to help kids make Valentine’s Day more meaningful.

I walked into Target yesterday a few days after Christmas, and guess what? Yep, the Valentine’s Day stuff already decked the aisles!

Earlier and earlier they roll these things out. Pretty soon the Christmas stuff will be up before Halloween. We’ve all thought it, and I’m just waiting for the first retailer who dares to cross that invisible October 31 boundary.

But I digress.

As I glanced through the Valentine’s Day card offerings, my eyes fell on box after box of pre-made, cheesy, identical Valentine’s cards. If I sent my children to school, I’d probably be shopping for those. They provide the speed and convenience that busy parents crave.

“You need to send your child with enough Valentine’s Day cards for the whole class, please,” I’m sure the letter sent home would read.

Name, plus pre-made card, plus taped on piece of candy. Check!

Skip the identical, boxed card sets this Valentine's Day: Help your kids make these handmade cards instead! Get links to 7 different Valentine's Day DIY cards for kids. Slow down this Valentine's Day and make it just a little more meaningful! #valentinesday

Handmade Cards: Make It Meaningful

Is this what Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about? Telling mere acquaintances that we “love them”, “think they’re great”, and are “super sweet”?

I’ve known dating and married friends to boycott Valentine’s Day just because they hate giving in to the consumer-driven holiday that pushes everyone to express their love to each other by buying more stuff.

Funny, I think we just celebrated a holiday that sounds remarkably similar…

So what can we teach our kids about Valentine’s Day? Helping your kids create handmade cards for Valentine’s Day could teach SO much, if we made just a little time for it.

Addresses.

Spelling.

Handwriting.

Cutting.

Thoughtfulness.

Kindness.

Encouragement.

I don’t know what your life is like, mamas. I don’t know the pressures your life holds right now. If you’re going through a rough season, if you can’t see beyond the toys and the laundry and the dishes right now, I’ve been there.

This challenge isn’t for you.

But if we’re going to do Valentine’s Day, let’s slow down a bit, shall we? If we’re going to do it, let’s do it with more purpose and meaning than just slapping candy on a card to bring to a party that really, is just about the candy.

What if we actually took the time for a more meaningful Valentine’s Day? Handmade cards are a place to start, even if they only get delivered to family and grandparents.

Use these tutorials for easy DIY Valentine’s Day cards for inspiration, but really, kids just need blank cards, construction paper, kid-sized scissors, markers and scissors. Maybe stickers, too.

Enjoy slowing down this Valentine’s Day!


Valentine’s Day Handmade Cards for Kids

Bouquet of Hearts Card – Create a beautiful bouquet of decorated, heart shaped flowers for a friend with detailed instructions and pictures from Make and Takes.

Polka Dot Heart Card – Paint with a pencil eraser and heart stencil to make your loved ones a polka dotted heart card with easy, diy instructions from A Thrifty Mom.

DIY Emoji Valentines – Make your valentine laugh with these creative and fun heart-shaped emojis from Housing a Forest.

Heart Fingerprint Tree Craft – Give your valentines a special touch with a sweet fingerprint craft from Easy Peasy and Fun.

ASL I Love You Craft – Send your love with American Sign Language with this construction paper craft from Busy Mommy Media.

Straw Blown Hearts – Try this fun and creative painting technique to create your valentines with detailed instructions from The Imagination Tree.

Bee Mine – Give your valentine a handmade construction paper card with this easy and funny bee craft from Crafty Morning.

Skip the identical, boxed card sets this Valentine's Day: Help your kids make these handmade cards instead! Get links to 7 different Valentine's Day DIY cards for kids. Slow down this Valentine's Day and make it just a little more meaningful! #valentinesday

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