Be Mine

Whether you’re creating sweet missives to gift family members, or responsible for crafting Valentine’s Day cards for the whole class, these projects are a good way to say “I love you” without too much muss or fuss. Wave goodbye to generic Valentines this year, and get the whole family involved!

You Light Up My Life Cards

These DIY cards from Eighteen25 are an easy-peasy way to avoid those mass-market Valentines and delight your kids’ classmates.

What You’ll Need

  • White and red cardstock
  • “You Light Up My Life” downloadable template (found here)
  • Silhouette double-sided adhesive sheets
  • Silver glitter
  • Silhouette shape (found here)
  • X-acto knife
  • Glow sticks (Target or Michael’s are good sources)


  1. Print and trim cards.
  2. Resize the lightbulb, then cut out with double-sided adhesive (following instructions on package).
  3. Cut out hearts from red cardstock.
  4. Adhere lightbulb to card; cover in glitter.
  5. Use X-acto knife to cut slits in top and bottom of card, then insert glowstick.

For more detailed instructions and the original post, head to Eighteen25.

Eighteen25 You light up my life cards

Photo by Eighteen25


Cards with a Purpose

Valentine’s Day is a great time of year to teach kids about appreciation. Have them brainstorm what they like about each member of the family (or classmate, if you’re feeling ambitious), and fill out these cards with a purpose from ZakkaLife.

What You’ll Need

  • White cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Printable card template (found here)


  1. Cut piece of cardstock to 8 ½” 2 ¾” (you’ll get exactly four strips out of a standard size piece of cardstock).
  2. Fold in half, and secure with washi tape to create a pouch. Decorate.
  3. Print Valentine’s Day card template on cardstock. Cut into eight pieces following crop marks.
  4. Create a “Pull” tab from Washi tape, and add to side of card.
  5. Write a personal message, and insert card into pouch with “Pull” tab facing out.

For more detailed instructions and the original post, head to ZakkaLife.

Cards with a Purpose

Photo by ZakkaLife


Hershey’s Kisses Mice

These sweet mice from Practically Functional are worth the effort to make. Kids love crafting them, and they also love receiving them!

What You’ll Need

  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Colored craft paper for ears
  • Baker’s twine
  • Googly eyes
  • Non-toxic glue


  1. Cut off the paper flag that sticks out of the top of the candy.
  2. Cut two teardrop shapes out of craft paper to make ears.
  3. Glue ears onto the flat part of a kiss, then glue a second Kiss to the flat side of the first to create the body.
  4. Cut a 2” piece of baker’s twine, and attach to the end of one Kiss to form the mouse’s tail.
  5. Attach googly eyes to the front of the mouse.


For more detailed instructions and the original post, head to Practically Functional.

Hershey’s Kisses Mice

Photo by Practically Functional.

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