I feel like we really need Valentine’s Day around here. Right now feels like the perfect day to celebrate love in all its forms. For my kids, it’s a chance to celebrate how they love their friends and teachers and community. We give valentines to everyone–classmates, teachers, senseis, dance instructors, crossing guards. And my favorite valentines are homemade and fun. This year, they’re passing out these Valentine’s Day Medals.
And the best part? The medals are so simple that anyone could do it. Trust me. Plus, I’m sharing the card printable for you to use!
DIY Valentine Medals
- Supplies: Bottle Caps, Hammer, Ribbon, Sharpie, Glue Stick, Pin Backs
- Hammer your bottle caps flat. For most of these, I used the meat tenderizer in the kitchen instead of a hammer. It worked great and I didn’t have to go to the garage to find it. Sometimes directions aren’t hard and fast.
- Using Sharpies to color the front of the medals. Since these are Valentines, I did hearts and used lovey colors. But I’ll tell you that I also made a boatload of medals for an Annie Oakley costume, and coloring the bottle caps is the best part. Get creative. Get the kids to help.
- Cut the ribbons in short pieces–3 to 4 inches works well–and if you want, cut the ends in a V. (It’s easy if you fold the ribbon in half and then snip.)
- Hot glue the ribbons to the back of the bottle cap and the pin back to the ribbon.
- Pin the medals to these cards, and you’re all set!
Ready for more Valentine Simplicity?
I will be on Lowcountry Live Friday morning to share some of these cute and simple Valentines that you can easily make with your kiddos for the Valentine’s Day celebrations at school. Tune in to WCIV between 10 and 11 to see all the fun. Or you can watch live, right here.
Goodknits a super simple way to recycle some of your old crayons into Valentines. And if you need a card to go with it, I drew these up. Pop the card your heart crayon in a bag, and you’re all set. Goodknits has the how to for these crayons.
Kid Things is onto something with this super simple printable. What kiddo doesn’t love a good maze. And what parent doesn’t appreciate a Valentine that keeps the kiddo busy for a few minutes. Add a super hero or heart pencil, and this one is extra special. Click through to Kid Things for the free printable.
Whether you decide on a ring pop or a some super fun new bling, these Gem Valentines from Leslie Ann Jones will be super memorable. I put ring pops in clear bags, and added these cards for a candy-flavored Valentine. But I just love the simplicity of these cards. Click through to download.
This Tic Tac Toe Valentine from Rays of Bliss gets the award for the most versatile. Add different colored M&Ms, gummy bears, or crayons and you ensure that this card will be played and enjoyed. Rays of Bliss has the printable!
Tell me, how do you celebrate Valentines, and what kinds of cards are your favorite?