As a kid, I loved Valentine’s Day. Each one of my classmates was going to give me a card and candy if I was really lucky? What a great day! Not only that, but we got to decorate brown paper lunch bags to collect all of the cards. Crafts, greeting cards, and candy – it was pretty much a perfect day for me.
As happy as I was picking out my kids valentines with my favorite cartoon character – I totally wish that I could have made a super-unique kids valentine. Personalizing them with my own photo? I would’ve had the coolest valentines in school! Since I don’t have kids of my own and I’m not making school valentines anymore, I decided to put together a few of ours with a special touch for those of you at home.
To make my own valentines special as a kid (and when I could convince my mom it was a necessity), I would glue candy onto the envelopes. I wanted to recreate the idea of gluing candy on each envelope… but without the whole glue-on-food part. (Random fact: I was thinking about just how weird it was to glue food and it turns out Elmer’s glue is gluten free!)
So, I opted for washi tape instead, and taped a sucker to the back of each of the washi tape kids valentines (#1 above). It matches so well, it looks like they belong together!
I skipped the adhesive altogether with these superhero valentines (#2) and used a hole-punch to make it look like the little superhero is holding the sucker. Gem stickers added to the crowns of the princess valentines (#3) added a magical touch, and attaching candy in cello bags to the photo strip and speech bubble valentines (#4) was an easy and unique way to give candy away with these valentines.
I picked up the gem stickers, washi tape, and clear cello bags at Target (in the One Spot), and a few bags of candy. Altogether it cost less than ten bucks to make these valentines go the extra mile!
These are just a few of the kids valentines for school available, so make sure to check out all the options!
Did you make your valentines special as a kid? Do you have a great way you personalize your child’s school valentines now? We’d love to hear about it!
And just for our readers, we’re offering our kids valentines for school for just 99¢! Use offer code CSA4149. Valid 1/14/14 – 2/6/14.
ETA: Check out how Rea over at Home For 4 Sweet Home added spring toys to her valentines using a hole punch and a ribbon! Too cute!
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