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DIY Valentines

There’s nothing wrong with Valentine’s Day cards that feature superheroes and princesses, but if you want to think outside the box this year Family Dollar can help! Creative and easy ideas abound, if you know where to look. Last week, I took a stroll down the aisles of my local Family Dollar and came home with a few items that make crafting your own valentines (and Valentine’s Day treats) a snap. Depending on their age, many can be made by your child or with just a little assistance from you. Here are a few ideas you can create using easy to find items that will show your Valentine just how you feel!

Ring Pop Valentine’s Day Cards

Bags of individually wrapped ring pops cost only $2. Attach each one to a card and write something clever using the words ‘ring’ or ‘pop’, such as ‘Pop Quiz!’

Lollipop Valentines

The sky is the limit with this one! Using construction paper, cut out shapes like mustaches, lips, and flowers. Write a cute message on top. Poke a hole in the middle, and insert the lollipop. When your Valentine enjoys the lollipop, they’ll have an instantly cute look!

Swedish Fish Valentines

Know a good catch? Tell them! Simply snip the top off a baggie, insert a card with a message like “You’re a great catch, Valentine!” and a Swedish Fish, and tie off with a ribbon. BAM, an adorable valentine for someone special!

Dino-mite Valentines

My kids loved helping with this one. We started with a pack of foam dinosaur stickers and some cardstock. Then we attached the stickers to the paper with a saying such as “You’re Dino-mite!” These cute dinosaurs bring lots of smiles, especially to dinosaur lovers like my son.

Glow-Stick Valentines

When I saw these 5-packs of glow sticks for just $1, I grabbed a bunch.

We punched two holes in some cardstock to hold the glow stick (insert carefully, so it doesn’t break). Then we glued that piece to another card bearing the message ‘You Light Up My Life, Valentine!’ Be sure to include instructions on the back for how to use the glow sticks — if you need to make a lot, type the directions and print them out for a quick way to make enough for the entire classroom.

Mini-Mechanical Pencils

“Click” with your Valentine! These mini-mechanical pencils come in packs of 5.  We used a dab of hot glue to attach each one to the card, but pretty tape would have worked as well. Do you know someone you ‘click’ with? Tell them!

Paper Airplanes

If you are short of time but want to do something different, give these paper airplanes a test drive. A box is only $2, and kids will love folding and flying their airplanes — even though their teachers may not love it. {wink}

Treat Bags

Family Dollar has several different treat bag designs, including these adorable hearts. Plus, they have a lot of types of candy in both the holiday candy aisle and the food aisle as well. Fill each bag with treats and a note, and you’ve got perfect party favors or classroom valentines.

As you can see, a quick trip to Family Dollar yielded lots of ideas for easy and clever Valentine’s Day cards and treats. Whether you are looking for ideas for girls or boys, valentines with candy or without, you’ll find what you need at your local Family Dollar! Now, who’s going to be MY Valentine this year?

By Carrie

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