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
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.
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 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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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