As the parent of an elementary-school kid, Valentine's Day might be one of my favorite holidays. The kids' wonky penmanship, spelling out messages of friendship on brightly colored paper, brings me immense joy. High school Valentine's Days can take their time getting here.
If you have a little artist at home or really want to make special Valentines with your kids this year, here are five of our favorite sweet ideas. The best part: They can all be made using supplies from the dollar store.
Why Make Dollar-Store Valentines?
You can totally buy a box of ready-made Valentine's Day cards with treats at most grocery stores, Target, or even Amazon. And if you're stressed or short on time, you should totally do that. Personally I have a high-minded 6-year-old who loves turning every holiday into an excuse to have arts and crafts time. The dollar store keeps our supply budget in check while still making a fun day out of planning, shopping, and making these Valentines. Spending time with our kids to create these treats is what these dollar-store projects are all about.
These are perfect for teachers and students alike. Stock up on boxes of popcorn and separate the pouches. Then, you just need some plain notecards, crayons, and twine.
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Looking for an allergy-friendly, sugar-free, and totally cute classroom Valentine? These cuties fit the bill. Gift tags and plastic gift bags can be grabbed at your local dollar store and you can find a bag of clementines at your local grocery store (or maybe your local Aldi).
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Yes, you can find applesauce and fruit cups at the dollar store! Pick up some address labels, write a punny message in bold marker, and have your kid add some extra decorations.
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4. Ring-style pops
Ring-style pops can be found in packs of four at the dollar store, making this project a real steal. I skip re-packaging the pops in favor of using plain address labels for the sweet sentiment.
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5. Bubble gum
My 12-year-old niece is wild for bubble gum and this would make a really cool Valentine for her middle-school friends. This is as simple as picking up several packs of gum and decorating more address labels with clever notes.
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