Free Valentine Download and Video

Colin loves to exchange cards in his class on Valentine’s Day every year. But I wanted him to be able to give something else besides candy or sweets with it. (I have shared our past valentines here, including mini notebooks, fun DIYs, cake pop holders and Star Wars lightsabers.)

This year we decided on using playing cards. This is awesome because it is useful but inexpensive! I have a free download for you below, and a video showing how we put them together…

Here is a free download for you to create your own playing cards valentines. Just download and print you you are ready to go!

I love the idea of giving the kids something useful. And these are so fast to put together!

You can find great deals on playing cards – as low as ~$.50 each. You can find many at your local drug or dollar store.

I also added a bit of Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents shine to the hearts…

(A big thanks to Kelly Adams for giving me the idea of using the “you are the real deal” when I put out a request on Twitter.)

Have a great day!


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  1. Robin B

    You & Colin are the valentine dynamic duo! Great idea and thank you for the download.

  2. solgunnf

    We don’t do Valentine gifts over here, but if we did I would definitely go for this. Such a great idea!

  3. Cynthia B.

    I love that you think of creative ideas that DON’T involve candy! (Good grief, we still have
    Halloween/fall candy!) This idea is adorable. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jeannine Brenner

    Such a great idea! Thanks for the download!

  5. HanksMom

    So awesome! I have a 10 year old son and we do non-candy valentines cards too! They always are the most fun and unique to receive. Thank you for always being an inspiration to my crafting! Cheers!

  6. Oh my goodness, what a great idea! This would be a great party favor too. TFS!

  7. Traci Lord

    Great idea! I wish I didn’t already prepare 27 Valentines Treats for my daughters class. I think I will do these for Easter! Tfs! Hugs Traci

  8. Tammy Davis

    Thanks so much, Jennifer! This is the cutest valentine idea – especially for little boys!

  9. Edna Burgess

    Cute idea and thanks for the down load. Edna

  10. Great idea! I always had my kids make their own Valentine cards, too.

  11. Suzanne Watanabe

    Hi Jennifer!
    Thanks for sharing your ADORABLE Valentines day Idea! I agree that kids receive many candy treats throughout the year so this is a fun and fantastic treat surprise that any child will love! Have a wonderful day! :)

  12. Mendi Yoshikawa

    Such an adorable idea! Love your punny sentiment and the diecut heart (never noticed these heart dies before and they are my idea of the PERFECT heart shape–I’m picky about that just like you). ;)

  13. Ellen Coker

    Thank you for a great idea and for sharing the download!

  14. Another really great Valentine’s Day idea, Jennifer! Thanks so much for sharing it with us…and for the free download!

  15. Lucy Schmidt

    Such a great idea. It’s nice that Colin got to help, too, so he can start building up his resume. ;-) I’m sure parents will enjoy the change and the kids won’t even miss another piece of candy. You, yourself, are the real deal and you’re always spreading the love. Thanks!

  16. Gabby

    Great idea! I’m sure Colin’s classmates will be thrilled w/their Valentine’s. :) For many years, our schools haven’t allowed the exchange of Valentine’s. Apparently there were a lot of kids who were getting none or wise-crack or mean-spirited cards, so the districts did away with them altogether.

  17. Finally the perfect heart shaped die! Thanks so much for sharing…totally cute idea.

  18. This is such an incredible idea love it and thanks for the download I see me use it also on a card.

  19. Thank you Jennifer for being such a sweetheart. I always love coming to your blog. I’m watching your children grow and almost feel that I know them. Stay the loving caring person you are. You inspire me to be better and do my best. I’m a senior but still learning from all of you..

  20. Trish Reddick

    Beautiful, fun project. I am going to file it away for when my grandchildren are a little older! thanks, Jennifer.

  21. Mary W

    My granddaughter just taught me yesterday how to play War with cards. So this is a perfect idea for Valentine’s Day. Thank you for all your great ideas. I’m learning so much from your blog and others and it’s making my retirement years a lot of fun.

  22. To involve one’s child in the Valentine treat is so extra special. As my husband’s caregiver, I’m thinking these treats would be great for our Alzheimer Support Group to give our spouses. Playing simple card games from childhood would be keeping memories.

  23. Such a cute Idea! I am such a card lover that this one was right up my alley – shame my youngest child is in his 40′s!! I am really enjoying your Stencilled class.

  24. Debs

    You are just so sweet for sharing! Thank you!

  25. Randee S

    You have such great ideas. I enjoy visiting with you everyday and seeing what you have to share. Thanks.

  26. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Tona

    You come up with the best ideas!

  28. Roz Rhorer

    I”m going to show this to my grandaughter and see if she wants to make these for her class.

  29. barbara lassiter

    These are so clever. Thanks for the suggestion and the video!

  30. Rhonda

    Great ideas and another great download. Thanks for sharing!!

  31. CarolynJ

    Just lovely. Please, please will you provide download of the Star Wars card. My son will love that one & I won’t have time to do the photposhop editing. Thanks!

  32. Jill

    These are fantastic! Super fun! Thanks for sharing–I’m going to put this in the hopper to use when our son is a lil but older :) stay warm!!

  33. Deborah S

    Jen this is such a great idea I know the parents and the teachers love the no candy Valentine. My daughter is a teacher and beside the many card games the kids can play the cards can be teaching tools as well thanks have a great day!

  34. Debbie

    Thanks Colin…I love this project!

  35. Anja

    You are so amazing, thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us!

  36. Thanks so much for this. this is a FANTASTIC idea!

  37. My kids are teenagers and long past the Valentine exchange stage. But we teach a 3-4the grade Sunday school class and we lead a 1st grade Awana class. This is a great idea for them! I love how you share real life ideas along with card techniques. Thanks so much for having a sharing heart. God bless you.

  38. janet Wilson

    Heehee – so clever :)

  39. Cindy Richardson

    Just loved this idea <3. I made about two dozen with decks of cards from the dollar store while I waited for the cards from Amazon to arrive. They fit perfectly. I made a few adjustments. The first sets I did the scoring. For the rest I did not. I had to trim the bands a little to fit. The ones from Amazon I had to trim a lot. As for the embellishments I found the perfect size puffy stickers at my local craft stores (if there is an easier way, I'll do it). I have made about 60 already. Thank you for your inspiration.

  40. Shannon

    Thank you Jennifer! This is just what I needed to bridge the gap between my sixth grade daughter and fourth grade son’s classrooms. They loved making these for their friends. Thank you so much for sharing!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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