With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, many of us will be getting our kids ready for the Annual Valentine’s Day Card Exchange, held in classrooms all over the country. Get ready with this carefully curated list of attractive printable classroom cards. With just a color printer and some paper–and a few minutes of cutting time–voila! Your kids can all have beautifully designed, modern cards for their classmates. And they are all free!
Isn’t it sweet that so many artists spread the love freely this time of year? -Christina and Liz
Book lovers will adore Positively Splendid’s Free Printable Valentine Bookmarks which can be topped with a pretty ribbon to finish them off–or left plain too. Comes in great colors and a not-too-lovey-dovey sentiment that boys and girls will both appreciate. How sweet that kids can use them all year round too.
We love so much from The Black Apple, from their printable paper dolls to their notebooks, and when we first discovered these free Valentine’s Day Heart Printables a while back, our girls all were taken with the multi-cultural illustrations and bold colors. Plus the imperfectly shaped hearts means amateur cutters can go at it all on their own.
If you have little ones still taken with pastels and happy animals, Ellinee’s smiling animal valentines would be so sweet for the classroom. I really like the pastel color combination, stripey background, and the wee red hearts. So cute!
We loved this free Valentines printable card set from Eat Drink Chic so much, we featured it in our DIY Valentine’s Day gift guide this year. The sophisticated design is perfect for an older girl to hand out to her girlfriends, though that fella is awful dashing himself. There’s a PDF for the envelope as well, but if that’s a little too much work, stick with the gorgeous card.
The Printable Pirate Valentine Cards from Mer Meg are another favorite for boys and girls. She recommends printing on heavy card stock and sticking on the heart patch with a quick swipe of the sewing machine, but you know, we find a small heart sticker, or construction paper and some glues stick makes just as cool an eye patch.
A little bit quirky–in a good way–these funky printable valentines from A Fanciful Twist would be my tween’s pick. My favorite sentiment? “You are such a fungi” on top of a mushroom.
In our roundup of cool Valentine’s printables for boys (and girls not so keen on pink), our favorite is easily the Love Bug valentines from Dandee Designs. print on craft paper or card stock, and affix all those cheap party favor bugs from the dollar store you may already have lying around.
Using just pink and gray, Miss Tiina has a dozen different designs to be handed out for Valentine’s Day. I like how some of the sentiments are definitely less mushy for those classmates your child may not know well enough to tell “I love you.”
Last year we shared 8 great printable valentines for kids and the one our kids keep coming back to are the punny, mid-century feeling printable animal valentines from letterpress card designers extraordinaire, Hello Lucky. This year, Liz’s daughter wanted “only the bananas” because “it’s so funny! Appeal…get it?
Groove is in the heart with these bright, seventies-inspired Valentine cards from Family Fresh Cooking. Love that there are nine to a page so getting an entire classroom finished will only take a few minutes.
At Living Locurto (always a source for printables galore), Amy’s offering up a free Vintage Valentine printable from artist Angeli-Zankel Verastagui. Adorable choice for preschoolers when you want to stay away from the cartoon characters on TV.
The Zebra printable valentines were a quick favorite of Liz’s five-year-old who who seemed to be very concerned that the boys and girls would like the same cards. If you’re okay letting your kid sign her own name instead of having it personalized onto the template, the PDF is totally free. [via alpha mom]
Paper dolls meet valentines? That’s like our kids’ dream! This mid-century style by A-Meri-Card has four styles featuring boys and girls. Don’t even bother with the cutting–just print on card stock and hand them out as is, so the kids can have fun putting them together themselves after school.
Have some time and a child who loves to color? They’ll adore the free color-your-own-Valentine cards from Up Up Creative. Or hand them out uncolored with a few crayons attached and let the recipient decorate them. Also great for those of you without access to a color printer.
Feliz “Día Del Amor y la Amistad”, or “Happy Valentine’s Day”, with Spanglish Baby’s Spanish language cards in either sweet pink or “little monster” styles. Perfect for your little bilingual baby, or perhaps that child who still thinks Dora and Diego are tops.
For even more Valentine cards, scroll through our ever growing collection of Valentine’s Day posts.
And a tremendous thanks to all the artists who offer up so many free printables just for the love of sharing. We hope you’ll share, pin, and find other ways to support their work throughout the year.