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16 Beyond-Easy Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make at the Last Minute

I was in my 20s before I ever gave someone a store-bought Valentine’s Day card. I have no idea what my mother had against the greeting-card industry, but her rule was always: Make your own card or give nothing at all. Today, I realize this is a completely unrealistic standard for most people, let alone busy parents and overcommitted kids. But still, I’m going to try my best to help my kid make his own DIY Valentines for his class this year.

This does not have to require bending space and time, fortunately. Even if you’re getting a last-minute start, there are a lot of easy, fast card projects for kids to make and give for Valentine’s Day. We searched through some of our favorite mom blogs and craft suppliers to gather some of the best ideas out there for our fellow procrastinators. And for those of you who really do plan ahead for every holiday, bookmark this for next year. (Also, would you mind coming over and organizing my life, please?)

Get out those safety scissors and washable markers, everyone. It’s time to make your kids subvert the Hallmark patriarchy — ahem, encourage their artistic expression!

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