We have absolutely nothing against store-bought Valentine’s Day cards here. They certainly make life easier for over-stretched parents. At the same time, some of us have found that all this time at home is just a little more bearable when our kids have a good arts and crafts project to work on. And whether they’re attending school in person and handing out classroom Valentines, or just have some friends and family to send cards to this year, making some sweet DIY Valentine’s Day cards can both occupy those hands and spread the love 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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A version of this story was published in February 2020.