Candy-Free, DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Have you seen a lot of hearts in your Pinterest feed lately? Yeah, me too!

Pinterest + Valentine’s Day. Now there’s a match made in heaven!

I’ve been drooling over the incredible chocolate desserts and searching for fun Valentine’s Day crafts & cards to make with the kids. But have you noticed how many of the card ideas include candy? Since when did candy become the new standard for school Valentine’s Day cards?

We don’t need no stinkin’ candy! There are plenty of homemade, candy-free Valentine’s Day card ideas out there if you look. I rounded a bunch up on my Green Valentine’s Day Pinterest board. Here are a few examples:

Grab a stash of rulers, red paper and heart stickers and you’ll be ready to rule the classroom with these You Rule cards.

You Rule Valentine via

You Rule Valentine via


You gotta love these creepy, crawly, crafty….Love bugs!!


Love Bug Valentines via

Love Bug Valentines via


Another take on Love Bugs: Perfect if you happen to have a stash of wine corks sitting around (guilty!)


cork-love-bug-craft from No Time For Flash Cards

Love Bugs via No Time For Flash Cards


Fresh fruit? Yes please!!


Valentine pear via

Valentine pear via


Teacher gift? How about a heart-shaped felted square (made from old sweaters!) that doubles as a coaster? Just pin a note on it and you’re good to go!


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Yarn hearts are just the ticket for that warm, fuzzy Valentine feeling.

DIY Yarn Hearts via

DIY Yarn Hearts via


It doesn’t get any simpler than this. Get messy with some paint and use a cookie cutter to create heart-shaped mini art cards.

 Valentine's Day artwork cards via


Still stumped? This list of goofy Valentine’s Day sayings paired with non-candy treats is priceless! You’ll find I’ve had my eye on you – paired with a mini magnifying glass, You make my heard glow – paired with a glow stick, I’m so glad we’re in the same school – paired with goldfish crackers – and 60 more silly ideas.

Does your school allow candy treats for Valentine’s Day?

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