Works For Me: Homemade Valentines

Wfmwsmall I have three school-aged children, each with roughly 25 kids in their class.  Add to that the 15 kids in my daughter’s preschool class, and that’s a lot of valentines to prepare. 

Since I have so much extra time these days, I thought I’d personally crochet 90 little Valentine-themed afghans and bake 90 boxes of homemade, perfectly-iced cookies. 

Oh, I hope you know how I jest.

This is an especially busy few weeks for our family, and I didn’t feel like over-seeing the signing of 90 store-bought cards.  Instead, this year I created Valentines on the computer, and I printed them out on cardstock.  The boys are cutting them out, taping a dollar-store pencil to the back of each one (12 pencils for $1!  Score!), and we are DONE.  And nobody had to mass-sign anything.  They turned out really cute, too.  The boys’ cards all look the same (except for the name, of course):

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For some extra girly fun, I even tied a ribbon on Corrie’s:

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(And no, I don’t normally organize my kids’ valentines two weeks early.  I’ll be out of town the country the hemisphere during the school valentine parties, and while my husband is a wonderful, hands-on father, he draws the line at valentines.)

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59 thoughts on “Works For Me: Homemade Valentines

  1. Vicky says:

    What, no half-used erasers attached to the valentines? How will their friends know they are really loved?!
    You shouldn’t have explained why you were making Valentines two weeks early. I was thinking, “wow. she really has it all together. what an amazingly organized mom.” Apparently, I didn’t connect the whole “will be outrunning lions” trip being gone over Valentine’s day.

  2. Heidi says:

    With tons of pencils in our house I think I will run this by my kid too! We love doing arts in our house. A really good get together and spend time. Thanks! And double thanks for putting WFMW up early! teehee

  3. Leah says:

    Great job! We’ve created Valentines on the computer for the last two years…. much easier – and I only have 2 kids going to school!

  4. Stretch Mark Mama says:

    Now that I was finally getting past the spelling bee memories, you bring up Valentine’s Day At School. Oh, the pain! Johnny loves me! Jeremy doesn’t! He thinks I’m “nice!”

  5. Susan says:

    We’re still working on boxes of cards I bought on clearance at 75% off oh, 2 years ago or so. Teachers here strongly suggest that they are handwritten to give the children practice. A few of my children are unhappy with the lengthy names they were given and my dislike of nicknames. Sorry, Johnjacobjingleheimerscmidt, only 25 more to go πŸ™‚

  6. Nadine says:

    My kids are at home for school, thank goodness (though in truth, they’re both too old for the “mass Valentine giveaway” anyway). Great idea for yours, but WHY on earth you didn’t do the afghans, I just don’t understand! πŸ˜‰

  7. Kelly says:

    Oh, I can’t even fathom doing valentines! Way to go. On another note, my tip says envelopes for lists, but it’s not, it’s clumpless mascara! Any idea on how to change this?

  8. MomOnTheGo says:

    My daughter is only 3 and so the Valentines are mostly Mom work – what I do and what I clean up from what she does but it’s fun. There are only 15 other kids in her daycare class and I’m planning to have her help me glue pics of her with a hear to paper doilies and then I’ll write a message and her name. I bet she’ll be begging me for the computer printed ones soon enough. I seem to remember preferring store-bought cookies over the ones my mom made ;+)

  9. Alana says:

    How creative! My kids aren’t at the age yet for exchanging Valentine Day Cards, but I am going to keep this idea tucked away. Thank you.

  10. Dawn @ Baby Addiction says:

    This is baby’s first valentine’s day, so we’ll do this for his friends at daycare. He is part of a class of ALL boys, so we’ll have to find something age and gender appropriate that is CHEAP to go with his cards. Maybe chocolate for the Mommies wouldn’t be a bad idea??? Thanks for the tip!

  11. Amy says:

    I hadn’t thought of doing Valentine’s on the computer. Usually I buy Valentine’s on clearance after Valentine’s Day is done for the next year.

  12. ames says:

    I don’t think I ever received a pencil for Valentine’s day, but it makes total sense when you’re handing them out to all your schoolmates! Who doesn’t need a pencil? Great idea!

  13. Stephanie says:

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. My Princess is still kinda young, but I will keep it in mind for later.

  14. Girlymom says:

    These are a really cute idea, I already have the assembly line of kids signing their autographs for this year, but I will have to remember that for next year.

  15. warillever says:

    This is the first time in a while I posted a wfmw.
    We have store-bought (but still artsy) valentines this year b/c my B.I.L. gave them as a Christmas gift. Odd, but thoughtful.

  16. MacKenzie says:

    I don’t have kids yet, but I always liked to do cute valentines with my little brother. Homemade ones are so much more thoughtful and cute than Sponge bob or My little pony.

  17. Betsy says:

    It’s my first time! Hope it all posts…
    Love your blog – I’ve mostly been a lurker, so I’m stepping out!!

  18. Pinkaholic Mom says:

    This is my first time participating too. I hope I did everything right.
    Valentine’s Day already? Wasn’t it just Christmas not too long ago? I guess I’d better get on the ball with Valentine’s for both of my boys. Thanks for the great tip!

  19. Gina says:

    What a darling Valentine idea! I love how you tied the lollipop to it. I’m sure the kids will love making them and giving them out! Great Job!

  20. Jen says:

    What a great idea, and the older ones can even personalize on the computer if they want. So much better than those cheaply made, but highly expensive ones from the store!

  21. Amy says:

    Yikes! I had forgotten about the whole class valentine thing. Thankfully, my kids are a few years away from that nonsense. Yup, I’m a party pooper. Kudos to you for the effort on behalf of your lucky kiddos though.

  22. Amanda says:

    😦 It’s only 10:00pm my time on Wednesday and I pondered all day long on what I was going to share so I finally get my crying baby to sleep, and FINALLY get to sit at my computer and I post my post on my blog and come over here to put it on Mr. Linky and I read that Mr. Linky is CLOSED? And I have to wait until next week??? I’m kinda devastated here. LOL I look forward to WFMW and I hope that you change it to allow people on the West Coast to be able to post until 11:59pm PST.

  23. Rivster says:

    First of all, I seriously almost slit my mommy-wrist before realizing that you were in fact kidding about the afghans. It made me feel like the worst mom in the world.
    D-e-e-p b-r-e-a-t-h!
    Next, I LOVE this idea!!! My two little ones are still at a Jewish preschool so I’ve only one kid’s class to worry about this year. But getting him to write the names is like pulling teeth! So I think I’ll give this one a try this year.
    Thanks so much!!

  24. Milk in the Closet says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your giveaway idea. I love the contests, of course, but as a new blogger, it’s been a fun way to see what others are doing. I’ve seen lots of ideas of things I want to do on my blog!
    Hope you and your family have a great day!

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