Valentine's Day DIYs to Love! Party Decorations, Candy Holders, Bulletin Board, 18 Fun Message Ideas & More!

Valentine's Day DIYs to Love! Party Decorations, Candy Holders, Bulletin Board, 18 Fun Message Ideas & More!

Valentine's Day DIY paper roses made from trimmers

Candy or not, here comes FUN! Craft your heart out with hands-on, paper-based projects that make great valentine gifts and awe-inspiring decorations. Discover Valentine’s Day classroom decorating ideas, easy do-it-yourself treat bags, party crowns, cards, and more.

Giant Heart Candy Box Valentine's Day bulletin board idea for school classroom

Our Grade Is Sweet! Valentine’s Day Bulletin Board

Kids will love seeing what a treat they are to teach! Recognize students with a chocolate box bulletin board display featuring the ultimate signs of Valentine’s Day: pink & red, hearts, and candies! This bulletin board brings just the right amount of excitement to elementary classrooms and sets the scene for Valentine’s Day parties.

Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

You'll need:

How to make a Giant Heart Candy Box Valentine's Day bulletin board display for school classroom

Add a paper background to the bulletin board you’ll use for this display.

Layer bulletin board borders to trim the outside of your display. We used White and Red Sparkle Terrific Trimmers®, but choose any Valentine-themed colors you like.

Write your headline in punch-out letters. Elementary students will love seeing a bulletin board customized with their grade number.

    How to make a Valentine's Day bulletin board display

    Candy time! Cut the base of the chocolate box from heavy card stock and cover it in light pink paper. Create a second pink heart out of paper to use as the box lid. We lined the heart-shaped base with a white scalloped border (about an inch in from the edge) to give the box some depth and extra frills!

      How to make a giant heart candy box Valentine's Day bulletin board display

      Attach a gold ruffle along the very outside of the heart box. Create this ruffle out of strips of gold paper borders. Simply accordion-fold the trimmer strips at a variety of angles to give it eye-catching pleats. Fancy and FUN!

        How to make a giant heart candy box Valentine's Day bulletin board display

        To create chocolates for the candy box, cut and fold strips of Chocolate Terrific Trimmers®. Write student names on the center of each square using a white paint marker. Nest your chocolates in paper cupcake liners and add to the box. Create additional candies using Red Sparkle and Gold Metallic Terrific Trimmers® - they’re great filler for your candy box and add shimmering pops of color too! Place all candies in the box.

          How to make a giant heart candy box Valentine's Day bulletin board display

          Scalloped borders are perfect for paper bows. Add a looped bow to the chocolate box lid. Simply make one long loop + one short loop + one flat strip. Arrange and tape together. We prefer to use double-sided tape or foam tape. If you used glue on your candy box, wait for it to dry before hanging your chocolate box and lid on the bulletin board display. What a treat! How to make a giant heart candy box and paper bow for Valentine's Day bulletin board display

          How to make a Valentine's Day paper crown easy kid project scratch 'n sniff stickers

          Scratch ‘n Sniff Valentine Crowns

          Celebrate like kings and queens of hearts with these fun, scented crowns! Make this wearable craft in time for your classroom Valentine’s Day party.

          Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

          You'll need:

          How to make a Valentine's Day paper crown easy kid project scratch 'n sniff stickers

            Supply Red Sparkle and Gold Terrific Trimmers® for the crown base. Make two-sided crowns, add a center strip, layer the colors, or just choose your favorite. Cut the borders to fit each head.

            How to make a Valentine's Day paper crown easy kid project scratch 'n sniff stickers
            Give your Valentine’s Day crowns the royal treatment! Twist chenille stems into fun springy shapes and sandwich the ends between matching stickers.

            How to make a Valentine's Day paper crown easy kid project scratch 'n sniff stickers

            Decorate the headband area with Valentine-themed stickers too. Remember to gently scratch your scented stickers when you add them to your crown so they smell extra sweet! When you’re done decorating, tape the crowns into shape.

             Easy Valentine's Day candy holders DIY kid project

            Sweetheart Candy Holders

            Give a wholehearted valentine message with these sweet candy holders!

            Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

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            Our Hearts Mini Accents cutouts can be layered and glued into pockets and adorable cards filled with candies. Add your own special touches with ribbon, glitter, and stickers. These make sweet additions to Valentine’s Day tables and place settings too. Need ideas for stickers and phrases? Check out our valentine message ideas below!

            DIY easy Valentines for kids cute hedgehogs candy holders

            Happy Hedgehog Candy Cards

            Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

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            Deliver a sweet, heartfelt valentine with the help of our cute and colorful hedgehogs! These quick and easy valentine sucker holders deliver sweets with lots of smiles.

            Cut small horizontal slits in each accent where you want the critter to “hold” the sucker. (Plan out where the sucker will land before cutting so the sucker doesn’t hide their cute faces.) Gently slide the stick of the sucker through the paper loop. Write “To” and “From” on the hedgehog with a special valentine message. These adorable critters make great gift tags too!

            DIY easy Valentines for kids cute hedgehogs candy holders

             

            easy DIY Valentines for kids

            Three-fold Valentine Cards

            Children will love creating their own cards to hand out to classmates on Valentine’s Day. These mimic the style of traditional classroom valentines, but you can personalize them straight from the heart! We love mixing playful characters and modern patterns – perfect for making unique cards for a whole class of kids.

            Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

            You'll need:

            easy DIY Valentines for kids
            Simply cut strips of Bolder Borders® and fold each three times, making the last fold the shortest (for the closure).
            easy DIY Valentines for kids
            The inside of the cards are blank and ready for kids to color, decorate, and write messages for special friends.
            easy DIY Valentines for kids
            Seal them shut with favorite stickers – unicorns, llamas, robots, hearts, scratch ‘n sniff, and more!

            Valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox

            Make-your-Own Valentine Mailbox

            Valentine card boxes are a staple of classic Valentine’s Day parties. Elementary children love to decorate and personalize their boxes in exciting, creative ways. It’s so fun to see all of the unique and loveable designs that reflect every personality.

            Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

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            You’ll love our super-cute valentine box idea. It is easy and FUN for all ages – especially for a group of elementary students. In fact, we use this simple card box idea each year and swap out the theme colors, border trim designs, and stickers to make it fresh, fun, and new. It’s also a great way to use up leftover or extra classroom decorations (making room for new ones, of course!).
            how to make a valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox
            We use an empty oatmeal canister for the mailbox base – it’s sturdy and the pop-off lid can be made into the mailbox door.
            how to make a valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox
            Invite students to bring in empty canisters from home and any other stickers or special add-ons they wish. You’ll be surprised by how many different ideas they’ll have!
            how to make a valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox
            Let’s decorate! Whether your motto is “less is more” or “more is marvelous,” there are lots of ways to make your valentine box a hit.
            how to make a valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox
            Stick trimmers onto a shoebox lid to create a base for your mailbox – this gives it its classic shape, keeps the canister from rolling, and the scalloped edge is really cute.
            how to make a valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox
            We love the shimmering, irresistible finish of sparkle bulletin board trim so we chose Red Sparkle Terrific Trimmers® as the main color in our Valentine’s Day box theme. Our add-ons included a strip of Hearts Bolder Borders® and hearts cut out of Scrapbook Hearts Terrific Trimmers®
            how to make a valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox
            Create a signal flag on your mailbox out of a craft stick and a brad fastener. The fastener makes your flag movable (optional), otherwise simply glue your flag in place. Decorate the end of the flag with hearts cut from border trim, stickers, or cute accents. Label the mailbox with letter stickers. You’ve got mail!
            how to make a valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox
            how to make a valentines card box ideas DIY party mailbox

            how to make glitter paper roses for Valentines Day

            Forever Flowers: Paper-crafted Roses

            If you’re looking for a great gift or festive Valentine’s Day decoration that doesn’t require wall space, paper flowers are a wonderful idea.

            Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

            You'll need:

            • Bulletin board borders or trimmer
            • Your favorite DIY paper rose pattern
            • Pencil
            • Scissors
            • Small, wooden dowel for stem
            • Glue and a small push pin to secure rose to stem
            Made from sturdy border paper, you can enjoy crafting these paper roses way ahead of February 14th, and your bouquet will stay as fresh as the day you made it.
            how to make DIY paper roses for Valentines Day
            These make adorable food-free gifts for parents, teachers, and coworkers and are a perfect way to dress up desktops, offices, and reception greeting areas too.
            how to make DIY paper roses for Valentines Day
            how to make DIY paper roses for Valentines Day
            how to make DIY paper roses for Valentines Day
            how to make DIY paper roses for Valentines Day

            valentines ideas for kids easy projects

            Cartoon Candy Holders

            Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

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            Transform clear treat bags into valentines with sweet messages and even sweeter scents! Fill treat bags and wrap them with confection-colored trimmers. Add stickers and clever messages to make original, thoughtful valentines. It’s easy to personalize in endless combinations – simply change the trimmer colors, write new messages, and use a variety of stickers.

            One of the things we love about Valentine’s Day is creating funny, silly, and sweet messages on our cards and gifts. Need ideas for your valentine messages? Let our stickers inspire you! Check out our message ideas below.
            Easy DIY paper Valentine's Day hearts dangling decorations hang from ceiling

            Hanging Hearts Decorations

            Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

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            Heart, heart, hooray! Celebrate this popular Valentine’s Day symbol with heart-shaped dangling decorations that can be hung individually or as paper chains. Dress your classroom, break room, or office to impress with these easy Valentine’s Day decorations.

            We made our hearts two-sided, and if you ask us, that makes them twice as FUN!

            Choose paper borders in a variety of patterns, sparkles, and solids. Cut strips from the borders any width you like (or use the whole border), just make sure you make four strips in each size and length to accommodate for the double-sided decorations.

            Tape the borders back-to-back and secure into heart shapes using tape or staples. Attach fishing line, ribbons, or chenille stems to the hearts and hang from ceilings, in doorways, around windows, and along school hallways for a warm welcome.


            DIY pop-up Valentines day card

            Pop-up, Dimensional Valentine Cards!

            Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

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            Send messages that POP! 3-D cards are a great way to show you care in a BIG way. Create the base of the card using two symmetrical paper cutouts. We used two Embossed Signs Classic Accents® from our Variety Pack.
            Fold one accent in half horizontally and cut two small parallel slits across the fold, about 1 inch apart.

            Push the cut area inward toward the middle of the card and crease. The front of the fold is the area where your card will POP.

            Glue a small heart accent cutout to the front of the “pop-out” area and watch it spring forward each time you open the card.

            Cover the back with the second accent – this will hide the pop-up slit you’ve made and be the front of your card.

            Decorate your card with stickers, glitter, and heart cutouts. Write “Happy Valentine’s Day” or “You make my heart soar!” on the front of the card.

              super easy kid valentine ideas DIY card

              Cute, Quick & Easy Valentine Cards

              Be mine, simple DIY! Need a quick card? We’ve got you covered!

              Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

              You'll need:

              Start with two symmetrical paper cutouts. We used Embossed Signs Classic Accents® Variety Pack because they have lots of writing space and the metal colors have a great Valentine’s Day feel.

              Put the accents together with the blank/white sides facing in and tape along one edge, depending on how you want it to open. Clear tape, a fun washi tape, or stickers folded over work great for making the hinge.

              Decorate the front of the card with heart-shaped accent cutouts and Valentine-themed stickers. Write a poem or draw a special picture on the inside.
                DIY Valentine's Day decorations classroom

                Paper-Heart Garland

                Looking for a Valentine’s Day decoration that’s easy and FUN? This pretty, paper-heart garland makes truly darling party décor and only requires a few simple supplies.

                Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

                You’ll need:

                Cut hearts out of sparkling paper trimmers and set aside for use on other garland designs. Leave the heart-shaped openings as silhouettes or have fun filling them in … your choice! To fill the hearts, tape chenille steps to the backs of the trimmers and stick heart stickers to each stem. Position them to peek through or above the holes. Hearts on hearts? Yes!

                It also looks good to leave the heart shapes empty and arrange stickers on the trimmer strips between the cut-outs for a burst of color and interest. The best part? We used cherry-scented stickers! Stick the hearts on and give them a gentle scratch to release the scent. Every time someone walks by they’ll get a whiff of cherry. Yum!

                Use the sparkling paper hearts previously set aside to accent heart cut-outs from a complementary color like Gold Metallic. Crease the red hearts down the center make them pop when layered. Tie your heart chain together with a string of your choice.

                Hang your spectacular garland across desks, doorways, windows, and use for showcasing the treat table at a Valentine’s Day party!

                Easy DIY Valentine's Day treat pockets

                Wild Party Favor Treat Pockets

                Library pockets make eye-catching and easy treat bags. Lend DIY-designer flair with photos, felt, stickers, ribbon, and any other personal touches.

                Detailed, printable instructions are available here.

                You'll need:

                easy DIY valentine candy holder kid project

                Choose the base for your treat pockets from our wide variety of library/Terrific Pockets™: animal prints, patterns, and characters all make really fun backgrounds.

                Cut hearts out of burlap or colorful paper and layer on top.

                Time for treats! Drop heart-shaped candies, chocolates, stickers, photos, bookmarks, and special messages into the pockets for a surprise family and friends will treasure.

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                  They are so easy to make you’ll have lots of DIY treat bags D-O-N-E in no T-I-M-E!

                  easy DIY kid valentine ideas

                  DIY Valentine's day party decoration candy ideas for classroom

                  Candy Stash Sash

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                  Create a hearty sash filled with your candy stash! We chose sparkly purple, but any bulletin border color will work for this craft. Use a craft knife to carefully cut a heart out of the portion of the trimmer where the scallop rises, leaving a small bit of the heart attached on the left and right sides (this will hold the sucker in place). Slide suckers through the hearts you created on the front.

                  Pin your paper sucker sash onto the front of a cloth one to wear your suckers or turn it into a candy crown and have fun handing out valentine treats in style! This would also add cool candy colors to Valentine’s Day displays. Cut shorter strips and staple tightly to the bulletin board to hold (it will be top-heavy). How sweet!
                  DIY Valentine's day party decoration candy ideas for classroom
                  Funny Valentines Day message ideas to write

                  18 Valentine messages: what to write in a Valentine’s Day card

                  Funny Valentine's Day messages to go with stickers! Kids will love these fun puns.

                  Stinky Stickers® Scent-spiration:

                  Valentine's Day, Cherry scent Scratch 'n Sniff Stinky Stickers® – Large Round
                  1. You make me “cherry” happy!
                  Friendship Bears, Chocolate Cherry scent Scratch 'n Sniff Stinky Stickers® – Large Round
                  2. You’re beary sweet!
                  3. Our friendship is sweet!
                  Purr-fect Pets, Cinnamon scent Scratch 'n Sniff Stinky Stickers® – Large Round
                  4. You’re a Purr-fect Pal
                  Hearty Fun, Cinnamon scent Scratch 'n Sniff Stinky Stickers® – Mixed Shapes
                  5. I’m my best “selfie” around you!
                  6. You make my heart skip a beat!

                   

                  Sparkle Stickers® Design Inspo:

                  Delightful Donuts Sparkle Stickers® – Large
                  7. “Donut” forget how much I love you!
                  Mermaids & Friends Sparkle Stickers® – Large
                  8. You’re mer-mazing!
                  Sparkly Space Stuff Sparkle Stickers® – Large
                  9. Love you to the moon!
                  10. You’re outta this world!
                  Fish Pirates & Crew Sparkle Stickers® – Large
                  11. You’re “sea-riously” awesome!
                  Flittering Fairies Sparkle Stickers® – Large
                  12. You’re my “fairy” favorite!
                  13. You make my heart flutter!
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                  14. There’s gnome-one as cool as you!
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                  15. BEEP BOOP BEEP my valentine!
                  16. I like you a BOT!
                  Sparkly Unicorns Sparkle Stickers® – Large
                  17. Uniquely Yours.
                  18. You’re one of a kind!


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