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15+ Valentine’s Day Card Ideas for Kids and Adults

Most know Valentine’s Day as a day full of chocolate, flowers, and most of all: Valentine’s cards. In fact, Valentine’s Day remains the second most popular holiday for greeting cards, just after Christmas. Valentine’s cards make wonderful reminders of our love and appreciation for those in our lives. For that reason, it’s important to find the perfect card for those special to us. So, if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day card ideas, we have you covered. Check out the ideas below or make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

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Valentine Card Ideas

You may have several different people to give Valentines to. And for each one of those loved ones, you might want a very different card. For Mom, you may want a sweet, heart-filled card to pair with flowers. For your partner, you might want something thoughtfully romantic. And for your child’s classroom, you’re probably looking for Valentine’s cards in bulk– and they’ll need to be both popular with all the recipients while also reflecting your child’s personality. Whoever the recipient, we’ve found a wide variety of Valentine’s Day card ideas to inspire you. Find them below:

Unique Valentines Day Card Ideas

1. Personalized Message

Including a unique message in your Valentine will help your card stand out from the rest. Personalize your card with something meaningful to show your Valentine how much you care. They’re sure to appreciate the extra effort, and they’re guaranteed to save your card to look back on.

2. Printable Tic Tac Toe

Make your Valentine cards interactive and memorable with these printable tic tac toe Valentines from Skip to My Lou. These make perfect additions for classrooms as well as party favors and they’re sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

3. Newborn Valentine’s Card

Do you have a new addition to your family? If so, a Valentine’s card featuring the little one is a perfect way to help share your love with friends and family.

Valentines Day Card Ideas For Kids

4. Butterfly Pencil Valentine

These printable butterfly Valentines make perfect cards to send your child to school with– especially if you know they’ll be getting plenty of other sweet, sugary treats throughout the day. Add a special message to the butterfly wings to personalize each Valentine for your child’s class.

5. Star Wars Valentines with Lightsabers

These printable Star Wars Valentines from Skip to My Lou are fun alternatives to candy based Valentines. Whether you’re a fan of the Star Wars franchise or you’re looking for something unique for your child’s classroom, these easy to make Valentines will help you lighten up anyone’s day.

6. You Are Dinomite Valentine’s Card

This dino-friendly Valentine works well for toddlers and children alike. It’s also a perfect example of how to make simple kids’ Valentine’s full of fun for any age.

7. “Frozen” Valentine’s Card

Not even a “frozen” heart could resist this Valentine featuring Anna and Elsa. It’s perfect for any Disney lover and any classroom. You could only make this Valentine sweeter by including some extra special treats.

Cute Valentines Day Card Ideas

8. Lovely Doodles Valentine’s Card

Looking for a Valentine as full of love as you’re feeling? This cute Valentine features a tri-fold design which expands to reveal a larger-than-life heart for your Valentine. Include your favorite photos of you and the recipient for a special touch. Or, you can simply write a sweet Valentine message and send your cards to all your loved ones.

9. Penguin Printable

penguin printable valentine is easy to make and super cute with two penguin characters

Penguin Valentine from Liz On Call

Sweet, simple, and featuring adorable penguins, you can find this free printable on Liz on Call. It’s a perfect way to remind someone of your love from them this Valentine’s Day.

10. Printable Valentines for Socks

printable valentines funny messages to pair with pink socks

Socks Printable Valentine from Skip to My Lou

These Skip to My Lou printable Valentines make adorable gifts for anyone. The featured printables include the sentiments “We’re the perfect pair” and “You knock my socks off,” so you can pick the perfect message for your specific Valentine.

11. Pastel Love Valentine’s Card

The gold and pastel contrast of this Valentine is too cute not to share. Show off the littlest members of the family or feature a large group photo to help spread the love this Valentine’s Day

12. Hearts & Confetti

Hearts, confetti, and photos– oh my! This Valentine packs in as much love and family as possible. And with so many adorable photos, this Valentine is more than fridge-worthy.

Simple Valentine’s Day Card Ideas

13. Vintage Heart

This Vintage Heart Valentine’s Day card looks like it’s gone back in time. The old-time, minimalistic style helps to keep the attention on the main subject of this special holiday: Love.

14. Modern Design

Looking for a sleek, modern design? Opt for something like this “Modern XOXO” Valentine’s card. These simple cards make perfect Valentine mailers for friends and family, and look great on anyone’s fridge.

15. Drawn Love Valentines Card

This simple photo Valentine card helps you keep what matters in focus. Include your favorite photo of yourself or your family and let the card say the rest. These beautiful photo cards make perfect Valentines for family members, and they’re easy to make.

How to Make Your Own Valentine’s Cards

Are you making your Valentines from scratch? If the Valentine’s Day card ideas above inspired you, and you’re ready to start crafting, we’re here to help. Just follow the guidelines below and you’re sure to create a beautiful Valentine’s card for your special someone. Or if you’re helping your child make their Valentine’s cards, consider our kids artwork custom card project.

What You’ll Need for Your Valentines

If you’re making your Valentine’s cards from scratch, you’ll need a few basic supplies to get started. Make sure to have the following crafting basics:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Protected Crafting Area (in case things get messy)

Once you have all those, look to the additional supplies and Valentine’s Day card ideas below.

A young girl makes the finishing touches to her "Happy Valentine's!" card.

Valentine Paper

It’s important to pick the right paper or medium for your Valentine’s Day card before you get started. Common options include construction paper, printer (copy) paper, and cardstock. For more elaborate projects, you may also include art paper, origami paper, or tissue paper. Depending on the look you want, you may choose classic white paper or a mix of different paper colors. You can also consider layering paper or gluing paper heart shapes onto the outside of your card.

Cute Valentine Pictures

Do you have physical prints of the recipient and yourself that you want to include? If so, you can simple tape them into the inside of the card or cut them into fun shapes (such as hearts) to glue inside. Pictures help make any card or gift special, so this is a great opportunity to take advantage of old photos that never made it off your phone or computer.

Funny Valentine Messages

Does your intended Valentine have a sense of humor? Is so, consider including a funny or light-hearted message in your Valentine. These can either reflect a funny memory the two of you have shared, a play on words, or anything else you think the other person might find funny. Need a little inspiration? Check out the funny Valentine messages below:

  • “If I could, I would wrap up all my love for you and put in a gift box. But they don’t make boxes big enough.”
  • “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz
  • “Love is in the air! So don’t hold your breath!”
  • “I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day with all my heart– and lungs, and liver, and spleen!”
  • “May your status on Facebook does not change to ‘complicated’ after this Valentine’s Day.”
  • “Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.”
  • “The Eskimos have fifty two words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love.” – Margaret Atwood

Card Decoration Ideas

Once you have the basics of your Valentine’s Day card finished, you might want to add some decoration. Common card decorations include ribbon, stickers, glitter, paint, or paper cut outs. Whether you add paper hearts, a ribbon bow to the top, or stickers with their favorite TV show characters – the extra effort is sure to shine through.

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