Hugs & Kisses – Free Valentine Printable

Don’t you just hate forking over cash for store-bought valentines?  Not only are they cheap and flimsy but they tend to come in packages of 16 so you’re forced to buy multiple boxes – not to mention the treats to go with them.  There are loads of great free options out there in the blogosphere (here’s a good link if you’re looking for ideas) but I thought I’d add one more to the mix.  Since so many of you bought the circle punches last year to make your teacher & neighborhood gifts I thought I’d help you put them to good use.

My goal with this valentine printable was to keep it really simple.  I wanted something that my kids could make entirely on their own.  After all, what’s the point of saving myself cash if I have end up spending all night making them myself?  Here are the basic instructions…

Step 1: Print out both printables on heavy cardstock (you can find the free downloads below).  Have your kids sign their names on the ‘from:’ circles.  Cut the circles into long strips.

Step 2: Use a 3/4″ circle punch to punch out the small circles.  (I bought mine for $6 at Hobby Lobby)

Step 3: Use a glue stick or glue dots to adhere the circles to the base of the kisses.

Step 4: Have your kids add their classmates names to the large ‘To:’ cirlces.  Use scissors or a large 2″ circle punch to crop them (I bought mine at Michael’s for $12).

Step 5: Toss a few kisses in a small craft bag (the same bags I used in this post) and staple on a large circle tag.

See?  I told you your kids could do it on their own.  I designed the file to be a bit muted (to save ink) but if you want it to be more vibrant just adjust the saturation in your print dialog box.

I used Hershey kisses but you could use Reeses peanut butter cups or Rolos as well.  You could also add the big circles to the bottom of a wrapped cookie or use them as a cupcake topper.  I’m sure you crafty moms can come up with loads of clever ways to use them.  If you do come up with something fun, I hope you’ll share it with the rest of us in the comments area.  Happy Valentines, everyone. Here’s the download (click the title, not the images).

Download: Hugs & Kisses Free Valentine Printable


8 Comments

  1. These are SO sweet! :) So happy to find your blog (via iShare). I am featuring this cute idea in my Friday Favorites post today!

    If you stop by my blog I’d LOVE IT if you to link up to my Friday Craft Day! :)

    http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/2011/02/friday-craft-day-valentine-playdough.html

  2. Michelle C

    Blog hopped over here from Rebecca Cooper’s blog. And I’m so glad I did. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing the download!

  3. That is such a cool idea! I’m going to tell all my friends with kids about it!

  4. I love this idea and would love for you to link it to my Virtual Valentine’s Day Party link tomorrow. One person who links up will win a $10 Visa Gift Card.

  5. So awesome! We are going to do these and the star wars for valentine’s this year. My kids love them!

  6. These are great! I know exactly what you mean about buying the store ones, I always end up 8 left over!! What am I going to do with 8?! Blog hopped from Rebecca Coopers blog :)

  7. Cathrine

    I LOVE these to put on kisses–thank you very much!

  8. These are great! Thank you so much for sharing! So generous of you!! Great way to network, too…. I’m now following you all over the place! =)

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