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I Totally Dig You Valentine for Kids

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Looking for an easy and fun Valentine for your kids to give to their friends? Having three girls, so far apart in age, holidays like this can get expensive. So, this year, my girls worked together to find the perfect Valentine that’s great for all ages.  What they came up with is absolutely adorable and as perfect for Kindergarten as it is for Middle School. A small container of candy, a shovel spoon and a little note that says “I totally dig you.”

We purchased all of the supplies on Amazon, except for the Valentine candy and the things we already had in the house. In total, each Valentine wound up costing approx. $1 each.

The girls had a blast at the kitchen table, putting each box together for their friends and they can’t wait to bring them to school on Valentine’s Day and wow them with what they’ve created.

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Supplies

You’ll need:

Clear Pillow Boxes
Round Labels
Disposable Shovel Spoons
Red Construction Paper
Valentine’s Candy
Tape
Scissors
String or Ribbon
Hole Punch

Directions:

  1. Take your pillow boxes and seal one side with a small piece of tape to make sure they stay closed.
  2. Fill the boxes with candy and seal the top with another small piece of tape.
  3. Secure the shovel to the front, center of the box with a small piece of tape.
  4. Cut out 2″ circles from the red construction paper.
  5. Print the labels. These can be created in Word, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop. Each label should say “I Totally Dig You!” and your child’s name.
  6. Peel a sticker and attach it to the center of each construction paper circle.
  7. Punch a hole in the top of each circle construction paper/label. I used a heart hole punch, but you can use a circle as well.
  8. Tie a piece of string around the box (at the center of the shovel).
  9. Thread the construction paper/label circle through the string and tie again to form a knot. Then tie into a bow.

Looking for another idea? Make sure to check out Amy’s Valenslime idea!

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  • kumamonjeng
    February 22, 2019

    This is super cute, simple and cheap to make. Valentine gift does not necessary to be expensive but DIY is more important. I love the idea so much.

  • Katie
    February 21, 2019

    This is such a cute Valentine’s idea. My kids love making seasonal crafts, and we did so many art projects around Valentine’s day. Those shovels are too cute!

  • Sara Welch
    February 21, 2019

    What a cute idea for Valentine’s Day! I’ll have to save these for next year!

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    February 21, 2019

    I wish I had kids so I could make things like this for them. This is such an adorable idea!

  • Vanessa Delia
    February 21, 2019

    That is such an adorable idea for a Valentine’s. I will have to remember this for next year!

  • John Mulindi
    February 21, 2019

    What a nice idea, I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing this exciting post!

  • Allie
    February 21, 2019

    What a fabulous and creative craft your girls did! You should be proud of them, they are way ahead of the game of creativity

  • Preet
    February 21, 2019

    Such a cute and fun idea. My girls would be ao happy to do this. I have to share this with them.

  • Nicole Bertrand
    February 21, 2019

    What a cute idea!! I’ll have to try that next Valentine’s Day!

  • Catherine Santiago Jose
    February 21, 2019

    Wow! This is definitely a wonderful idea to do for Valentine’s and I am sure my kids and nieces would really love it!

  • Chastity
    February 21, 2019

    This is very creative, I love the idea. Very cute for kids as well as adults, lol.

  • Shannon Lyon
    February 21, 2019

    These are the cutest valentines! What a great idea.

  • Dennis Littley
    February 20, 2019

    What a creative Valentine’s idea! And it’s something a little different than the rest so it would stand out. Very nice.

  • Chad
    February 20, 2019

    This is by far the cutest idea ever! love it!!! I dig you valentine lol, so cool. Great idea.

    Chad

  • Stacie
    February 20, 2019

    This is such a super cute idea! These are the kinds of gifts that are adorable and make the kids feel so special.

  • Lisa Favre
    January 31, 2019

    Oh my goodness, I love love love this idea! I’ll have to try making this one with my nieces.

  • Amara Jakobsen
    January 28, 2019

    My daughter will be super excited if I make these. Thanks for sharing.

  • Swathi
    January 26, 2019

    These are cute valentine , I need to make it for my kids, they are going to excited.

  • Glenny
    January 26, 2019

    omg this is so cute. I would totally do this and i’m not a kid nor do i have any. but its such a creative way to send Valentine greetings!

  • Rachel
    January 25, 2019

    These are so cute! I want to make valentine’s with my kids this year. I keep finding so many fun ideas.

  • Carrie Liu
    January 25, 2019

    This is just so cute. I don’t have kids but I’d love to make some and give them to friends!

  • Monidipa Dutta
    January 25, 2019

    This is really super cute. I used to celebrate valentines day with my parents.

  • Tamara
    January 25, 2019

    Well this is just too cute! Perfect for school party

  • Cassie @ Getyourholidayon
    January 25, 2019

    This is such a cute idea! I know the kids in my son or daughter’s class would love this idea!

  • Lynndee
    January 25, 2019

    What a super duper cute treat for Valentine’s Day. I love the addition of the shovel. Gotta love the tag too. Any kid would love that.

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 25, 2019

    I love this! What a perfect treat to give away for kids in school during Valentine’s day.

  • Joanna
    January 25, 2019

    Awww, those little shovels are so cute! And this is such a thoughtful and innocent gift to give to the girl you like, in school. 🙂

  • Cathy Mini
    January 25, 2019

    That was a very cute and sweet treat and look so yummy kids will love this too.

  • Latte Lindsay
    January 25, 2019

    These look so cute! I don’t think my boys would want to hand these to there friends but they would enjoy getting them 😀

  • Adriana Lopez
    January 24, 2019

    How cute are these! Love this DIY very simple but perfect bunch of them and give out at the office too. Besides who doesn’t love M&Ms

  • Beth
    January 24, 2019

    Those are so cute! I always loved getting something special like these on Valentine’s Day.

  • Ricci
    January 24, 2019

    Well this is just too cute! I need to show my sister because these would be perfect for my niece!!

  • Sharon
    January 24, 2019

    These are the cutest Valentine’s ever! They would be perfect for school parties. Thank you for these.

  • Laurie Gannon
    January 24, 2019

    These are seriously the cutest stinkin’ Valentines I have ever seen! I am a HUGE fan of puns. And, of course, Amazon has shovel “spoons.” Genius, just genius.

  • Tonya Wilhelm
    January 24, 2019

    What a super creative Valentine. I would have never thought of this little shovel and box. It’s the perfect size too!

  • Alexandra
    January 24, 2019

    What a sweet idea! I love this – if I have kids, I will definitely do this with them. Adorable!

  • Janet
    January 24, 2019

    Cute as can be and I really “dig” it! Pinning this for future use.

  • Amber
    January 24, 2019

    These are adorable! I thought it would be expensive to toss together with the little shovels but they are totally affordable! Love it

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 24, 2019

    Oh my goodness this is just the cutest idea! I love the idea of popping together a sweet snack and handing out to those you dig.

  • Tara Pittman
    January 24, 2019

    Those shovels are so cute. I need to get creative with my kids cards like this.

  • Joan
    January 24, 2019

    These are so adorable and not hard to make at all. I am sure I can have some for myself too lol.

  • Cristina Petrini
    January 24, 2019

    Good idea! Who said that Valentine’s Day must be fun only for lovers? As a single person I steal the idea!

  • Tomi
    January 24, 2019

    This is just the cutest Valentine’s Day idea. I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is almost here. I love making our own Valentines rather than store bought ones.

  • Jeanette
    January 24, 2019

    What really cute idea. I love all these ideas for Valentines. It makes life so much easier when I don’t have to figure out something I can just do what I read on these posts.

  • cait
    January 24, 2019

    ok i am DEF going to making these for my little ones classroom in a few weeks- so adorable and so easy to do! great idea!

  • robin rue
    January 24, 2019

    Awwww, I love this idea. I am always looking for things that are a bit different to make for my kids and I think they will love this.

  • Amber Myers
    January 24, 2019

    This is the best idea! I love it. My daughter might want to pass some out to friends. She’s in middle school now so no more elementary parties, but she still wanted to give something to friends.

  • Melanie
    January 24, 2019

    I am such a sucker for little Valentine’s things like this. I like them for school valentines. I will miss when my kids are older and not into things like this anymore.

  • Terri Steffes
    January 24, 2019

    I’m totally digging those shovel spoons! (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!) This is adorable.

  • Patricia Que
    January 24, 2019

    aws! im a sucker for cute things so there is no doubt that I love this! I also like that it is practical as many things tend to be pricey just because it is vday

  • Alli Smith
    January 24, 2019

    This is the cutest Valentine for kids! I just love it and I know the kids will too. I love how even the hole punch is heart shaped. So very cute!

  • candy
    January 24, 2019

    I am always amazed at the fun valentine day candy gifts people think up. These are really cute. I would never think of neat stuff like this.

  • Karen
    January 24, 2019

    That is so cute! I can’t get enough of holiday-related puns. Valentine’s Day is the perfect one for them. I love it!

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