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23 Easy Homemade Valentine Cards for a School Exchange

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.


Valentine's Day Card Ideas

I think most people love receiving handmade valentines because they appreciate the time and thought involved in creating them. Most moms, dads, and grandparents love receiving Valentine cards made by their little folks, so I've selected a few projects for you to choose from. The skill level ranges from kid-friendly to those that are more suitable for adults.

Find the instructions for making the Valentine shown here, go to My Crazy Life as a Farmers Wife.


This great idea suggests you put homemade cookies in these Valentine cookie sleeves for your friends.


2. I Only Have Eyes for You

This is just the cutest idea that I've seen in a long time. It's so easy to make and is a great card to receive. Persia Lou shares how to put them together.


3. Free Printable Valentine Cards

If you need a large number of Valentine's Day cards for the kids to exchange, consider printing out your own. You'll find these free printables at


4. Valentine Puppet Cards

When the kids give their friends these Valentine puppet cards, they are also giving them a puppet to play with. Find the printable templates at Bright Apple Blossom.


5. Pop-Up Card Hot Lips

You're sure to know someone who would enjoy receiving this card from you. See how it is made by going to Make and Takes.


6. Treat Pouches

Print off the cute images and make your own treat pouches. Crafty Carnival shares the files you need to put this together.

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7. Alligator Card

This is such a cute alligator card that will get a smile from anyone who receives one. Skip to my Lou is the place you'll find the instructions.


8. Butterfly Valentine

Here is a simple and inexpensive treat to make for a classroom of kids. Go to Skip to my Lou to see how very easy it is to make.


9. Superhero Card

Little boys and girls will enjoy receiving a Valentine like this one. Find the instructions for making super hero cards at Made to be a Momma.


10. Lovebug Valentines

Make these cute little love bugs by going to the Create Craft Love site. The finished product is so adorable!


11. Owl Always Love You Valentine

The kids will have so much fun thinking up other owl sayings to add to their owl Valentines. This super easy owl Valentine card has instructions on the Kids Activities Blog.


12.EOS Monster Valentines

There is another great site, The Idea Room, where you'll find more free printable Valentines. I love the whimsical look of these Valentines. It's a real crowd pleaser.

13. Make an Easy Valentine


14. Animal Bracelet Valentine

This animal bracelet valentine is easily made by the kids. Go to Chez Beeper Bebe for the instructions and printable.


15. Give A Hoot

Who Loves You; Owl Always Love You; Life's a Hoot. Just dream up a saying to write on the little owl's belly and get plenty of belly laughs. Find the patterns and directions for this little owl at Kids & Glitter.


16. Scratch Off Valentine Card

You can make a scratch off Valentine card for anyone or everyone on your Love list. Give the card early as a countdown to Valentine gift, or present it on Valentine's Day. Find the easy instructions for making this Valentine card/gift at Instructables.


17. Puzzling Valentine

It'll be a toss-up whether this puzzle Valentine will be more fun to make or to receive. Make these puzzling valentines by following the tutorial found at Make and Takes. Very easy and very cute.

18. How to Make a Heartfelt Card


19. Bookmark Card

I love Valentine cards that the kids can make to give to their friends as exchange cards on Valentine Day. These cards with the added bookmark are easy to make, and the kids will love them. Find the tutorial for making them at Thirty Handmade Days. If the kids can't sew around the felt hearts, consider having them use fabric paint pens to make the stitches.


20. Trail Mix Valentine and Snack

Not only do you get the instructions and printable tag for making this Valentine at A Spicy Perspective, you'll also find a recipe to make the festive trail mix. What a deal!


21. Wheelie Cute Card

Make these wheelie cute Valentine cards by following the tutorial at Creating Really Awesome Fun Things.


22. Kissing Hand

Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa would all love to receive a kissing hand valentine from one of the little ones.


23. U Make My Heart Pop

This cute Valentine card is also a gift of popcorn. U make my heart pop says it all.

© 2011 Loraine Brummer

Do you like to receive homemade cards?- or leave a comment.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on January 04, 2016:

I loved making cards in school Great ideas.

anonymous on February 05, 2013:

Love it for my daugters friends thx

anonymous on February 05, 2013:

@thingz1: I know right

CraftsIdeas on May 14, 2012:

Very interesting Valentine crafts!! I love to see the results of creative work with kids.

thingz1 on March 12, 2012:

Too bad I missed seeing this before Valentine's Day great ideas here. Thx.

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on February 18, 2012:

Congratulations on making the Top 40 Valentine Crafts. Well deserved! I really enjoyed reading about the unique ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

JoyfulReviewer on February 11, 2012:

Enjoyed your clever ideas, photos and quotes ... nicely done.

Jeanette from Australia on February 07, 2012:

What a lovely selection of crafts.

DonD LM on February 02, 2012:

You gave me an idea what to make and give to my girlfriend this coming Valentine's day. Thanks

DonD LM on February 02, 2012:

I really love and enjoyed reading your lense.

anonymous on January 22, 2012:

What sweet hand made Valentine' favorite kind and many I have never seen before and sure to inspire creativity.

b4ndit on January 14, 2012:

great lens

mary lighthouse15 on January 05, 2012:

I so like those cute cards! Great lens for the month of hearts!

WriterJanis2 on December 30, 2011:

Very cute.