“You color my heart” DIY Valentine Cards for Kids

This DIY Valentine Cards post originally appeared on January 12, 2012.

Oh, oh, oh, do I have an AWESOME idea to share with you!  Last year I bit off a little more than I could chew with a snow globe Valentine idea.  While they were very cute, they were pretty time consuming and Big M was NOT interested in the process.   This year my plan was to make cute, easy, kid made valentine cards.  SUCCESS!

We made “You color my heart” valentine cards and I bet you are going to be making them too!

diy valentine cards for kids -- ADORABLE!

Don’t those make you want to grab a crayon and color?!?!

diy valentine cards for kids

DIY Valentine Cards for Kids

I asked M and M to draw a heart with a pencil and then make some designs inside for their friends to color.  (Tips 1. I gave them a piece of paper the size I wanted the card to be, that way I wouldn’t have to deal with a heart that was too big.  2.  I doodled a few design ideas so they would know what I was talking about.)

diy valentine cards for kids

My plan was to draw over their pencil drawn heart with a sharpie.  Little M opted to use the sharpie right off the bat.  Both ways worked!

diy valentine cards for kids

Once the hearts were drawn I asked them to write their names.  I wanted Big M to write the entire thing… he wasn’t interested.

I did the next couple of steps on the computer.  I’m not really all that tech savvy, there is probably a better way to do it but all I can tell you is how I did it.  (My hubs will probably tell me an easier way when he reads this! :) )

  1. Scan the image onto the computer (If you don’t have a scanner just take a picture of the image and load it up that way.)
  2. Edit the pictures in PicMonkey.  Add the words “You color my heart.” and “From”.
  3. Add the edited image to Microsoft Word and re-size them until 4 will fit onto one page.
  4. Adjust your printer so that the margins are as small as possible.
  5. Print as many copies as you need.

diy valentine cards for kids

Once I had the images printed out I cut card stock big enough to work as a border.

diy valentine cards for kids - get kids creating together

Then glued the two together.

diy valentine cards for kids

I used a hole punch to punch two holes.  Laced a ribbon through the holes and tied a crayon to the card.

diy valentine cards for kids - get kids creating together

That’s it.  So easy, fun and CUTE!

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  1. says

    I love this!! So cute, simple and personal.
    (and the kids must be so proud that they’re sharing their own work!)
    Well done! I’ve just started a brand, new blog — do you think I could write a small blurb about your idea and link it to you? Cute! g at willowday.

  2. says

    Thanks for this great idea. I gave my four year old a few choices of what we could do for her valentines and she chose this one. All we have left to do is punch the holes and add the crayons and we’re done. They look great! Thanks again!

  3. Sam Zavitz says

    This is GREAT! I’ve been looking for a non-candy Valentine for my daughter and I love this idea! She’s working on it right now and I can’t wait to upload it to PicMonkey ~ I never would have thought to use the website to make Valentines. Thanks!


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