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Making Valentines for Your Child’s Classroom

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Posted on January 24, 2022 by Kate Wilson

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and this year is my first year having a school-aged child. It’s proven to be lots of fun so far (like the custom ornaments I made for my son’s classmates this Christmas, based on this tutorial), and I’m excited about Valentine’s Day and all the upcoming holidays. I know that I could purchase pre-made Valentines for my son to give his classmates, but when you’re known as CraftyGirl…well, you’ve got to put a little effort into it! (Plus, I love having a good excuse to try a new craft project)

I made three different classroom Valentines for my son’s class, and I can’t decide which one I like best so far. There’s the interactive coloring page, Valentine with crayons, the super sweet Smartie Valentine, and the heart-shaped candy holder Valentine with an adorable bear on the front. I’ll share with you how I made them, and you can let me know in the comments which one you liked best!

The Coloring Valentine

You’ll Need…

  • A Cricut Explore or Maker machine, plus Design Space software on a compatible device
  • White cardstock
  • Black 0.4 Cricut Pen
  • Crayons

I was browsing the official Cricut group on Facebook the other day for inspiration, and I came across a lot of posts about a popular Cricut project, Valentine Coloring Card with Crayons. Using white cardstock and a Cricut pen, you can make DIY coloring cards to pass out as Valentines. The best part? These coloring cards have holders for you to insert crayons in, which I think is so cute.

Making it is a breeze! Load the project onto Design Space; the images pop-up sized as 4.6 by 6.8 inches. This size card has holes that fit two Crayola crayons perfectly, with a little bit of wiggle room. I decided to make just the dinosaur card, but you can do all three designs if you want. Load a mat with white cardstock into your Cricut machine and load your choice of pen as well (I used a basic black Cricut pen, size 0.4). After you press the flashing go button, your machine will draw and cut the Valentine for you. All you have to do is take it off the mat, insert the crayons into the holders, and add names at the bottom of the card for who it’s for and who it’s from.

The Smartie Valentine

You’ll Need…

  • A Cricut Explore or Maker machine, plus Design Space software on a compatible device
  • A printer
  • White cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Smarties candies

One of the things I like about designing Valentines for my son to give to his classmates is that I can control the message on them. Don’t get me wrong, hearts and love are cute, but…my son is only 4. I don’t think he’s interested in having someone be his Valentine as much as he’s interested in playing trucks with them..haha. I saw a Valentine similar to this a few years ago and thought it was such a cute play on words, so I had to try it.

I made a graphic for you to use in Design Space with Print Then Cut – you can find the graphic here. Once you upload it to Design Space and put it on your Canvas, size it to be 3 inches by 3 inches. Following the prompts on the screen, print it on white cardstock and then cut it out with your Cricut. Using cute washi tape, attach a roll of Smarties candy to the card. Ta-da!

The Candy Holder Valentine

You’ll Need…

  • A Cricut Explore or Maker machine, plus Design Space software on a compatible device
  • A printer
  • White cardstock
  • Red cardstock
  • Glue or permanent tape runner

Using image #M40FAE and red cardstock, I made an adorable heart-shaped candy holder. You can make this any size you want, but I set the image size at 7.9 inches wide by 9.357 inches high – this way I could make the most out of my letter-sized cardstock paper. Instead of score lines, this project makes a few small cuts along the lines you have to fold to assemble it.

For the front of the candy holder, I added a cute bear holding a heart – image #M41D4D. Instead of cutting out the individual colors and layering them, I selected the image and hit the “flatten” button, turning it into a Print Then Cut graphic. I set the size of the teddy bear to 2.5 inches by 3.175 inches so it would fit well on the front of my candy holder. I followed the prompts on the screen to print it, and then cut it with my Cricut Maker. Once that was done, I glued it on the front of the candy holder.

If you want to cut out the individual colors of cardstock and assemble the bear, that would be great, too! I decided on a Print Then Cut version of the bear because I don’t always have the patience to sit and wait for the glue to dry.

Other Options

One of the best things about these Valentines is that they are so easy to customize. For the coloring Valentine, you can delete the drawing layers of the project and replace it with your own choice of drawing for the kids to color. Don’t want to put a bear on the candy holder? No problem! Choose a different graphic that you like – maybe a cute owl with hearts. And if you’re not a fan of Smarties, that’s okay, too – that leaves more for me. There are a lot of great candy-related puns that you can find with a quick Google search. Try miniature Krackle chocolate bars with the phrase, “You Krack me up!” for a cute twist on the Smarties Valentine.

Whichever Valentine you choose, I’m sure it’ll be an absolute hit with your child’s classmates. After all, who doesn’t love getting Valentine?

Did you make one of the Valentines I shared above? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

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