Class Valentines: Simple, cheap, and oh so pretty!

Putting together Valentines for your children to share with their classmates can sometimes be a dreaded task. More of a “Mommy Project” than a “Kid Project” at times. Making the cards seems like a great idea until you get the “friend list” from your child’s teacher. Way too many kids and not enough time. This year I have a suggestion. Put your home made spin on a small and inexpensive goodie bag of treats that your child will easily be able to put together and happily pass out.

1 package Cello treat sacks (20 Quantity)
Sweet Heart Candy boxes (as many as you need)
1-2 Boxes of Valentines of choice
1 spool Ribbon or Raffia
Name cards (optional)

All of these great supplies can easily be located at your local discount store. The girls picked out the Valentines they liked. Fortunately this year, most of the boxed cards I found came packaged with cute matching pencils. Perfect! We settled on “Tangled” for the girls and “Scooby Doo” for the boys. Everyone was happy.

I then created custom name cards to insert into the Cello bags. They show nicely through the clear bags and make for easy distribution on the big day. They also added that homemade look we wanted, but didn’t take a ton of time to implement. This step could easily be left out, but I loved how it looked and we easily put the tags together on the computer, printed them out and trimmed them to fit the bags.

Saturday afternoon my little princess and I sat at the dining room table and created an assembly line. Princess sat and wrote out all the Valentines with the names on her list, a great writing and spelling lesson. I stuffed the bags and tied the bows. This task was done cheaply, with learning involved and ended up oh so pretty.

My daughter was so tickled with what we had put together. She insisted that it needed one last touch. “A basket would be perfect for these, Mommy!” That’s my girl, and she was right. A pretty basket was a great finishing touch, and the perfect way for her to transport and distribute them at school.

Be sure not to forget at least one special Valentine treat for the teacher! She, of course, left her name off the “friend list,” but Princess was sure not to forget that the most important Valentine in her class is the Teacher!

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.


  • February 9, 2011

    Hi I discovered your page by mistake when i searched Msn for this concern, I have to say your blog is quite valuable I also enjoy the style, its cool!


  • February 9, 2011

    Cindy (Kotseos) McNabb

    Such a cute idea Julia! Daniel is only 19 months and we are getting a ‘friend list’ on Friday!


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