It’s that time of year again when kids across the country pass out Valentines to their classmates, best friends, grandma and grandpa, and, of course, their secret sweethearts. (Shhh…we won’t tell anyone.)
It’s one of my son, Kai’s, favorite holidays. He has such a big heart and loves to hand make his Valentine’s for his classmates. This year, we thought it’d be fun to make non-candy Valentines so all of the kids in his class (there is actually quite a few) who have allergies or sensitivities to gluten, sugar and food dye can still enjoy the day. So, instead of sugary sweets, Kai wanted to pass out glow sticks to his classmates. What’s cool about glow sticks is that you can purchase a pack of 12 or 15 for just one dollar. You can find glow sticks at party supply stores, dollar stores, craft stores and big chain stores like Walmart and Target.
What’s extra fun about this project is that we custom designed these Valentine’s using the Maestro Label Designer. You can use our free printables or you can design your own. There are so many Valentine’s Day-inspired clip art options you can use like hearts, cupids, and clouds. Onlinelabels.com has three different size heart labels that you can choose from and you can even add your own designs to them.
- X-Acto knife
- Glow sticks
- Cutting board or cutting mat
- OL267KW – White Cardstock – 8.5″ x 11″
- OL196 – 2.2754″ x 1.8872″ Heart Labels
- Free downloadable printables
Step 1: Download and print out free Valentine’s Day printables from your home printer.
Step 2: Cut the individual squares from the cardstock using your scissors.
Step 3: Stick your heart labels in the center of the Valentine.
Step 4: Cut two slits in the heart. Make them wide enough so that the glowstick can fit through.
Step 5: With the marker, have your child write their classmate’s name and his name on the Valentines.
Step 6: Slide the glow stick into the slits that you made into the heart.