9 DIY Valentine card kits for crafty kids
Last week, we shared an adorable DIY Valentine Card Kit
and--wow!--so many of you wanted to grab a set, the artist had to temporarily shutter the shop while she made more. Happily, there are now a few more kits back in stock, but we also decided to find some more awesome Valentine's card kits that are high on fun, but low on mess and effort.
No need to send us a love note in thanks. -Christina
This Robot Valentine's Card Ki
t from Etsy's NickWillJack is such a nice break from all the frill and foo-foo out there. Designed by a mom for her own robot-loving son, each kit contains what you need to make 8 very cool cards for your kid's BFFs, including heart shaped Crayola crayons. You can even have the muslin drawstring personalized with a V-day greeting or your child's name.The Handmade Valentine's Kit from the creative folks at Kiwi Crate includes everything your kids need to make 24 cards for their classmates. I love that their cards aren't just folded paper, but have little pop-up tabs inside onto which your kids can glue a shape such as a colorful alien, butterfly, or car. Just dress up the pictures with gems or---my kids' favorite---googly eyes.
I do wish there were a few images that we could stick onto the front of the card, though I suppose that since Kiwi Crate has supplied me with everything--even the glue stick!--I could do something myself and either cut out of a few paper hearts or help the kids write Happy Valentine's Day on the front (with the markers they supply too). In fact, for kids who are a little too young to write clearly, this is would be a fun way to spend a couple of hours with you, getting ready for Valentine's Day with hardly anything to clean up. ($14.95 for 24 Valentines)
For kids who love glitter (and us parents who shudder at the mere word), Acarrdian Cards' Make Your Own Valentine Cards Kit
is a great compromise. Just have your kids glue the glittery or shimmery paper hearts inside the "Be Mine" outline--a neat way for little ones to practice fine-motor skills as they line up the hearts--and then stick that to the colorful backing cards. I know my oldest would spend a lot of time coming up with her favorite color schemes.
To personalize, you'll need to grab some markers or crayons, and, yes, you need your own glue, but the finished product is definitely worth it. ($12 for 24 cards, with optional envelopes sold separately)
Since I have three kids with very different ideas for Valentine's Day cards, I'm eyeing Paper Source
which has at least a dozen options ranging from the super easy
, to the one that needs a bone folder
to complete (okay, I'd avoid that one, personally). My favorite is their Valentine Treat Bags
which can hold a couple chocolate Kisses or a heart-shaped cookie, and looks like something a budding Martha Stewart would pass out in third grade.
My son will go crazy for the Mustache Valentine Card Kit
at the same shop, which is super-easy to pull together and would be so much fun to create.
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