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Will you be my Valentine?

valentine ideasAs much as I love a conversation heart and chocolates, I try my hardest to give candy-free Valentines to my children’s classmates.  Which is ironic coming from me, isn’t it?  I have no problem with candy, it is a holiday after all.  My issue is the amount of candy that goes home.  I remember last year my daughter coming home with a really large bag full to the brim with candy.  Most of it got thrown away and I feel bad about that.  I also try to be respectful of the children with food allergies that cannot eat or have candy.  So I try to come up with cute Valentine’s that a) everyone can have b) is a little bit different and c) the boys and the girls will both like.  These Have a Ball Valentine’s were a huge hit.  They cost less than a bag of candy to make, took maybe 30 minutes from start to finish, and most importantly, William loved handing them out to this friends.

valentine ideasI bough the rubber balls at the dollar store.  They came in packs of 3.  I used cello bags from Michaels and I printed out the tag onto heavy cardstock and stapled them on.  I am attaching the PDF of the tag for you to download for your little Valentine.  Click to download.

I got this adorable idea from Danyelle at Dandee Designs.  Here are some more adorable candy-free Valentine ideas.

I Wheelie Like You from Mique from 30 Handmade Days

This sweet heart bookmark from Martha.

Dino-Mite Valentine from Family Fun.

Mix CD Valentine also from Dandee Designs.

What do you give for your child’s Valentine’s?

About Bree


Bree is the founder and writer of BakedBree.com, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. BakedBree.com launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • http://twitter.com/onfired Dena

    Can you please tell me what size Rubber Balls you used for this? My dollar store didn’t have any and I may have to resort to ordering some off the net!

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  • http://artsyfartsymama.blogspot.com/ Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama

    This is such a fun idea!! I featured you on my blog today, stop by & grab a button!

    http://artsyfartsymama.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-21.html

  • Anita Birch

    Hi Bree,

    Thanks for adding this free pdf download for the “Have a Ball” valentine! My son saw these on Pinterest and said that was what he wanted to make for Valentines Day! Just a silly, quick question…should the words be printed upside down? I was wondering how I was going to fold them over the top of the bag, and I can’t figure it out :) Could you help me please? Thanks so much! I hope I’m not too much of a bother!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for noticing! I fixed the download, and you should be good to go now.

      • Anita Birch

        Thanks! I truly appreciate it!

  • Bree

    glad that I could help out!

  • http://www.thefindingofme.com tracy

    sooo adorable! thanks so much for the inspiration to make my son’s valentine’s a little extra special…

  • http://www.wonderwomanwannabe.com heidi @ wonder woman wannabe

    simply fabulous ideas! thanks for collecting them!

    ~h

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/58066769@N05/ Stephanie Meckfessel

    Who can keep up with the busloads of candy smuggled into our house? I’m okay with a treat or two every day, but we seem to get enough for the whole village.

    So we give crayon hearts Valentines every February. We melt down our peeled, multi-hued fragments in a mini-heart-shaped muffin pan. The results are so cheerful and surprising.

    We’ll wrap them in a cellophane bag attached with a note that says something like, “Color your day sweet, Valentine!” Now that’s my kind of cooking!

  • http://www.sahmiamto4.blogspot.com Tracie

    We will be making a few of these to go to the few people we do Valentine’s with and I know it will be a huge hit!! Thanks!!
    For our own children, we have 4 tiny ($1 section at Target) buckets that are red with white hearts all over them. We will fill them with a pack of favorite gum, a favorite candy bar, some pencils/pens and something else very small ( a new car, some chap stick, something). We found the buckets this year and it’s going to be our new tradition–almost candy free!!

  • http://www.goodgirlgoneglad.com Jesse {GoodGirlGoneGlad}

    What a cute idea! Love the ball in the bag! =)

  • http://www.simplysmilesphotography.com Lyndee

    Oh my gosh, you are my HERO!!! I have scoured the internet looking for a cute idea for Valentines day that (hopefully!) won’t break the bank–you just gave it to me!
    Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

  • http://www.overcomingbusy.com Marci@OvercomingBusy

    Love the ball idea! I am always stumped when it comes to valentines for boys

  • Tiffany

    This is exactly the idea I needed – we’re making these today! Thank you, thank you!

  • http://www.jesseephotography.com Marcie

    I agree … I try to go the sugar-free route as much as possible for Valentines :) I love to make photo valentines with my kiddos — they are silly and the kids have fun at their winter “photoshoot” with mom :D I posted my cards on my blog: http://www.utahcountyfamilyphotography.com/2011/02/valentines-photo-inspiration/

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/58066769@N05/ Stephanie Meckfessel

    Who can keep up with the busloads of candy smuggled into our house? I’m okay with a treat or two every day, but we seem to get enough for the whole village.

    So we give crayon hearts Valentines every February. We melt down our peeled, multi-hued fragments in a mini-heart-shaped muffin pan. The results are so cheerful and surprising.

    We’ll wrap them in a cellophane bag attached with a note that says something like, “Color your day sweet, Valentine!” Now that’s my kind of cooking!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/58066769@N05/5404800287/in/set-72157625918654594/