Some of my all-time favorite gifts from my kids are the ones they’ve made for me. But, I have to be realistic with my expectations. I don’t have a craft supply closet that can rival Michael’s. Or a craft supply closet at all, for that matter.

So I spent a few hours searching Pinterest and Craftgawker to find the coolest DIY Valentine’s gifts kids can make themselves without a whole lot of hassle and extensive (or expensive) crafting materials.

These are all sweet keepsakes any teacher, grandparent, babysitter, coach, or sibling would love. And, hey, maybe your kids will even make one for you too!

At top: Mini Oreo cookies with hearts | The Decorated Cookie

Related: 9 easy, Valentine’s Day heart crafts for kids we totally love

Valentine's gifts kids can make themselves: XOXO Wall art print at Spark and Chemistry

Lipstick Wall Art at Spark and Chemistry

How fun that this wall art is made using lipstick as writing tool? Just hope that the kids don’t get into your expensive stash of cosmetics to make this one on their own — we’d suggest providing some drugstore tubes instead.

DIY Valentine's gifts kids can make: DIY custom candy box at Kojo Designs

Valentine’s chocolate box makeover at Kojo Designs

It’s hard to say no to a delicious box of chocolates, but the store-bought packaging is a telltale sign this was a last-minute gift (sorry). Get your kids to decorate the lid, though, and it’s about the sweetest gift you can give…literally.

DIY Valentine's gifts kids can make: I Love You Way More scroll at Say Yes

DIY love letter scroll at Say Yes

This craft is probably geared more toward kids over the age of 8 who can handle a pair of scissors well. But since this is one of those things my kids and I say to each other all the time, it’s one of my favorite DIY projects this year.

DIY Valentine's gifts kids can make: Lavender heart sachets at Magic Cabin

Lavender friendship hearts kit at Magic Cabin

This DIY kit includes everything your child needs to make five lavender sachets for their best friends, or one for every teacher. We wouldn’t set our little ones loose with this one (obviously), but our tweens, absolutely!

Related: 10 cool non-candy Valentine’s Day classroom treats kids will love. | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Valentine's gifts kids can make themselves: Perler Bead coasters at Delineate Your Dwelling

Perler bead drink coasters at Delineate Your Dwelling

My kids would have so much fun designing these DIY coasters on their own, and then I could step in to help them use the iron. I’d have them use pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day, or try heart-shaped designs. So fun!

Valentine's gifts kids can make: Modern friendship bracelets at Lindsey Crafter

DIY heart friendship bracelets at Lindsey Crafter

We featured a fun friendship bracelet last year in our 11 easy Valentine’s crafts for preschoolers and younger kids post, but we found this one this year, which is a cool, modern update. What a sweet gift for classmates, cousins, or neighbor friends. She even offers cool (free!) printable cards to gift them on.

DIY Valentine's gifts kids can make: Easy XO painted mug tutorial at The Proper Blog

DIY XO mug at The Proper Blog

Your morning coffee is always better with a sweet hug from the kids — even if it’s a figurative one from a decorative mug. Check out this smart, easy tutorial which calls for acrylic paints, but you can always use Sharpies in a pinch.

Related: 19 of the coolest, non-candy Valentine’s Day gifts for kids

DIY Valentine's gifts kids can make: mini Oreos with Hearts at The Decorated Cookie

Mini Oreo cookies with hearts at The Decorated Cookie

Since my kids are obsessed with kids’ baking shows lately, they’ll love trying their hand at these iced mini Oreos. If the hearts don’t turn out perfectly, they’ll still be delicious and sweet.

DIY Valentine's gifts kids can make: String Heart Yarn Cards from Hello Wonderful

DIY string heart yarn Valentine’s cards at Hello Wonderful

My 9-year-old daughter would love to take a stab (ha!) at this craft, and I wouldn’t want anything more than a handwritten note inside for whenever I needed a mom pick-me-up.

Valentine's gifts kids can make: Origami heart wall art at Gathering Beauty

3D Origami wall art at Gathering Beauty

For older kids who’d like a challenge, this origami heart wall art is awesome. I’d hang this keepsake craft on my wall every year at Valentine’s.

 

DIY Valentine's gifts kids can make: Heart donuts at A Kailo Chic Life

Easy heart donuts at A Kailo Chic Life

Wait, don’t panic! These cute, yummy donuts are made using canned biscuits. In other words, it’s easy enough for the kids to make while we just supervise…you know, to make sure oven mitts are at the ready and that the oven itself gets turned off. Breakfast in bed, anyone?

 

For more Valentine’s Day help, check out these posts:
19 of the coolest, non-candy Valentine’s Day gifts for kids
10 cool non-candy Valentine’s Day classroom treats kids will love.
Cool Galentine’s Day gifts for your BFF, Leslie Knope style
14 sweet and modern Valentine’s Day gifts for babies

 

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