Find sweet inspiration on our growing list of DIY school Valentines, with all ideas submitted by parents!

These cute and easy DIY Valentines for school make a big impact without a ton of work, and some even include fun V-day favors. While they'll never be as easy as the store-bought kind, you might enjoy these paper crafts as a fun indoor activity in the winter.

Have you and your kids made any homemade Valentine cards for classmates? Let us know about your favorite below (include a photo with your review!) so we can consider it for the list.

    Valentine Paper Fortune Cookies

    Free printable

    Shila:  These easy origami-inspired paper fortune cookies are such creative DIY school Valentines. A few simple folds and a dab of glue is all it takes to create these homemade Valentine cards out of paper, with a personalized message strip tucked inside. From Evermine

    "Love Is in the Hair" Scrunchie Valentine

    Sarah Calamita:  Super cute for preschool/elementary girls. Just Add Confetti is one of my favorite printable sites. She has adorable Valentine's ideas (this is one of many) - some are free and some are on her Etsy site. From Just Add Confetti

    So Glad We're In The Same School Valentines

    Kelly R.:  Swedish fish or goldfish crackers swim in little fishbowls with "so glad we're in the same school" printable Valentine cards. Adorable, inexpensive, and easy to put together! From The Inspiration Board

    Matchbox Car Valentine

    Sarah Calamita:  Great for little boys in preschool! From Where The Smiles Have Been

    Animal Valentines

    Sarah Calamita:  There are a lot of free printables out there with animals. We loved this cute zebra one paired with a package of Barnum Animal crackers. From Bunny Cakes

    Play-Doh Valentines

    Kelly R.:  Pop a mini Play-doh container through a hole cut into the middle of these DIY school Valentines. Play-doh is a perfect non-candy Valentine treat for preschoolers or younger kids. From Grace & Good Eats

    XOXO Tic Tac Toe Valentine Cards

    Shila:  These are simple homemade Valentines for school that give a fun little moment of entertainment. Pass out a Valentine-themed tic tac toe board with a pack of two-color Tic Tacs for kids to play with. From Nest of Posies

    LEGO Heart Valentines

    Amy S.:  These adorable heart Valentines are perfect for the LEGO maniacs in your life. Easy and fun to build! From STEAMsational

    You Are The Balm! Valentines

    Sarah Calamita:  This is a free printable we found and bought a huge pack of Lipsmackers at Target. "You are the Balm". So cute! From Fork and Beans

    You're My Main Squeeze Valentines

    Kelly R.:  Tie cute "You're my main squeeze" sentiments around the neck of squeeze applesauce pouches for fun allergy-friendly DIY Valentines for school! From Funky Polkadot Giraffe

    Stuck On You Class Valentines

    Kelly R.:  I love classroom Valentines like this one that help to replenish school supplies! Just buy some glue sticks in bulk and attach to free printable "stuck on you" cards. From Glued To My Crafts

    Hogs and Kisses Valentine

    Etsy download

    Sarah Calamita:  We bought these off of Etsy and added Piggy Paint Nailpolish. The instant printables are just adorable and you can buy Piggy Paint (the best non toxic nailpolish) from Amazon or Target.

    You Color My World Valentines

    Sarah Calamita:  These would be cute with a package of crayons or if you are really ambitious, make your own heart shaped crayons with a silicone heart mold from amazon and all of those broken crayons you have around the house! From 5 Minutes for Mom

    Pop It Valentine

    Free printable

    Sarah Calamita:  Pop Its are the new thing! There are tons of cute pop printables (you could also add a ring pop or bag of skinny pop, but personally I think the pop its are adorable and well loved by kids of all ages). 40 pop it bracelets on Amazon! From Mom Envy

    Beary Happy Valentine Cards

    Paid download

    Sarah Calamita:  "I am beary happy we are friends. Happy Valentine's Day". These would be adorable attached to a bag of gummy bears. From TitaTips Printables

    Pirate Valentine

    Etsy download

    Sarah Calamita:  We filled these with Pirate's Booty, gold coins and pirate stickers. "Ahoy Matey! I treasure our friendship!" It is for sale on Etsy and worth it!

    Juice Box Robot Valentines

    Alexandra F.:  I love this creative DIY Valentine of a robot made out of a juice box body, apple sauce head (with googly eyes and a sticker heart mouth!), and mini candies for arms and legs. So adorable, and edible! ❤️ You can hot glue the pieces together, and put the whole thing a baggie to make sure nothing goes missing during class time distribution!

    Eraser Classroom Valentines

    Kelly R.:  Cute erasers make a useful little favor when dressed up with fun printable DIY Valentine cards for school reading "Make no mistake're my favorite!" From Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

Primary photo:   Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

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