making Valentine's Day cards with kids

Super Easy Valentine Card Craft for Kids

DIY Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

Second grade seems to be the transition from homemade cards required to homemade cards optional for Valentine’s Day. It’s usually quite a task to get my kids to make Valentine’s Day cards. The first five or six go pretty smoothly as they are earmarked for their closest friends, but the last two dozen are difficult to extract. Luckily, we had two days off due to a blizzard named Nemo so we had plenty of time to do this over two days in two steps.

Toilet Paper Roll Heart Valentine’s Day Cards

Despite the option to buy Valentine’s Day cards this year, I found an easy craft using a toilet paper roll to stamp hearts on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect to make with my son. I was hoping his 5th grade sister could be persuaded as well. She ended up making her own cards but rejected the toilet paper roll heart idea.

homemade Valentine's Day cards

This easy art project for kids only requires:

  • Card stock. We used 8.5 x 11 inch card stock cut into 1/4ths.
  • Tempera paint.
  • 1 toilet paper roll if you use both sides. 2 is good too.

make your own class Valentine's Day cards


Confession: We had his sister, Grasshopper and Sensei, cut the card stock while working at her Commercial Art Studio internship. They have really nice paper cutters there so the cards were perfectly uniform.

My son chose red and blue paint — no pink for him! He opted to stamp one color on each end of the toilet paper roll which we squished slightly to make the heart shape.

My son stamped all the cards for phase 1. We let them dry overnight. Thank goodness he made a few extra for mess ups.

easy Valentine's Day cards for kids

The second step was writing out the cards. Since my son has a huge class and had to make nearly 30 of them including teachers and aides, he kept the words to a minimum. I taped on a lollipop.

making Valentine's Day cards with kids

easy homemade Valentine craft

The final product! We were allowed to give candy as long as the kids ate it at home.


Whoppee Cushion Valentine’s Day Card for Kids

My Mom Friend Lynn came up with this great Valentine which she did for her third grade son. He’s best friends with my son, so my son enjoyed hours of whoopee cushion fun! She also attached a small bag of candy to the card which is barely visible but very much appreciated by my child.

Valentine's Crafts for kids, homemade Valentine's Day cards

If you like this idea, I found 36 Whoppee cushions for $17 (about 50 cents each) which is the best price I could find on Amazon.

Click on image to examine at Amazon.


Crayon Heart Valentine from the Teacher

My son’s teacher made each student a crayon heart. Valentine’s Day happened to fall on our 100th day of school too!

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy 100th Day to all!
I made each student a special heart-shaped crayon for Valentine’s Day.  Because a lot of students were asking how to make them on their own, I am including the website where I found the instructions.  Maybe this is a good way to use up those broken crayons over vacation!
recycled crayons, crayon heart, Whippleberry
Whipperberry not only gives step-by-step instructions on how to turn old crayons into these crayon hearts, but has amazing packaging ideas as well! Her crayon hearts look good enough to sell!
Did you and your kids make Valentine’s Day cards to give out at school? What did you do?

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Those are lovely–a simple, fun way to make cards. Printing is such a fun technique.When your son is a little older, you might try woven hearts with him (or maybe this is something your daughter would enjoy right now). (I want to put in a link, but I think that’s maybe not allowed?)
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  2. Love the red and blue for the more masculine valentines- I’m impressed you could get him to be all arty for these, my kids refuse to make their own valentines, so we always get the store-bought versions. And btw, I think I may have to give my sister a whoopee cushion valentine this year; she’ll love it.
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    • Hi Jeanette,
      I was only able to make him do this because it was a class assignment. He had to make 29 Valentines — they had to be hand made and not purchased too! Candy was allowed though which was a deviation from the usual policy which sweetened the deal!

      And who does’t love a whoopee cushion? PickyKidPix especially loves those! Did not know they are heart shaped though!!
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  3. Mia, I have sent you an email with some links!
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  4. What great ideas! I bought pre-made valentines from Oriental Trading this year for the kids to give out at school. Life is really hectic here, somehow…
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  5. Ann

    Love the heart prints! I also thing it is kind of funny the hearts come from a toilet paper roll! Is there a special technique for creasing the tube to make a heart?
    Whoppee Cushion is funny too : )
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  6. Emma

    I love the heart stamps! My daughter would love the whoopie cushion ones, however! 🙂
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  7. These are such fabulous ideas. I love the crayon hearts! Thanks so much for sharing!
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