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You’re the Balm Valentine for Kids PLUS Free Printable

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We have another super fun Valentine idea for your kids! You only need 5 supplies (3-4 of which you probably already have in your home) and I’m even sharing a FREE PRINTABLE for you, so it’s even less work! Hurray for convenience! When I asked my 9-year-old what her friends liked, there was one thing that really stood out to me… lip balm! I immediately searched for lip balm in bulk and found a great 24 pack on Amazon. This idea is so simple, you’ll wish you had done it sooner. I know I’m kicking myself for all of those wasted years of buying boxed Valentine cards with those cheap lollipops. Without further ado, I’m excited to reveal our “You’re the Balm” Valentine idea!

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Last week was bring your child to work day. I was skeptical at first, because it seemed like an excuse to skip school and I couldn’t imagine that my kids would do anything but watch TV and ask me for food every ten minutes. But let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised! Iyla, my 9-year-old, is the only one who decided to stay home and work with me. So after a few administrative tasks, which she rocked by the way, I told her that she was going to design and put together her Valentine cards.

She made a few sketches and I chose the one that I thought would be the easiest for us to make. I designed the cards (with her help of course). It was her idea to use the hearts at the end of the fuse. She chose the wording too. Once they were printed, she used our paper-cutter to cut them out and attached all of the lip balms to the card stock.

I think we may have spent a total of 30 minutes on the entire project (not including the time it took to photograph). Iyla even took some of the pictures! She did a tremendous job. And she’s going to be even more proud when she hands them out to her friends on Valentine’s Day and tells them that she made something that was totally Pinterest worthy!

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Supplies

You’ll need:
Round Lip Balm
Cardstock
A Printer
Scissors or Paper Cutter
Tape

Directions:

  1. Print out this FREE PRINTABLE on cardstock. Make sure your printer is set to landscape.
  2. Use scissors or a paper-cutter to cut the cards (there are 6 per page).
  3. Have your child (or yourself) write their name on each card.
  4. Take a small piece of tape and fold and connect it and stick to the bottom of one of the round lip balms.
  5. Stick the lip balm to the paper, where the circle is.

What do you think of her creation? And if you’re looking for another idea, make sure to check out our I Totally Dig You or Amy’s Valenslime idea!

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A simple and fun Valentine's Day idea for your kids, including a free printable! You're the Balm will be a hit with all of their friends! you're the balm, you're the bomb, valentines day, valentine, kids valentine, gift idea, diy, kids craft, crafts for kids, 2019, candy, ideas for valentines day, gifts for kids Click to download a free printable of this simple and fun Valentine's Day idea for your kids! You're the Balm will be a hit with all of their friends! you're the balm, you're the bomb, valentines day, valentine, kids valentine, gift idea, diy, kids craft, crafts for kids, 2019, candy, ideas for valentines day, gifts for kids

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  • Sara Welch
    February 19, 2019

    This is a really cute and functional too! I’ll have to save this idea for next year!

  • lexi
    February 13, 2019

    this is such a cool valentine gift idea!

  • Nadj
    February 10, 2019

    It’s great that you have bring your kid to work. Sounds like you company is family oriented 🙂 I love the design!

    • Heather Castillo
      February 10, 2019

      It’s not through any company (I actually work for myself). This is a something the schools do.

  • The Frugal Samurai
    February 10, 2019

    LOVE IT! Such an innovative and funky way for the kids! Although haha getting them started early on Valentine’s Day right!

  • Louise
    February 10, 2019

    Aww, these look fab! I might have to print one off for my teenage daughter. She’d love it!!

    Louise x

  • Gena
    February 9, 2019

    What a creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids!

  • Marina
    February 9, 2019

    Super cute idea x

  • Monidipa Dutta
    February 9, 2019

    This is a quick and easy Valentine’s idea. The kids can definitely get involved with this one!

  • silvia
    February 8, 2019

    This is really a cute and different idea. I’m tired of the hearts with lollipops and candy. Thanks for making available for us.

  • Leigh Suznovich
    February 8, 2019

    Oh these are so adorable!! I would have loved to have received or given something like this when I was a kid.

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    February 8, 2019

    This is such a cute Valentine’s Day printable. My 5 year old would love to receive this and to give out to her friends!!

  • Catherine @ To & Fro Fam
    February 8, 2019

    HAHAHA, this is so clever and hilarious! Plus, I love valentines that don’t include candy. Can your daughter send me one too? 😉

  • Beth Eaton
    February 8, 2019

    These are adorable!!!! I love things other than candy 🙂

  • Chubskulit Rose
    February 8, 2019

    What a cute idea! I haven’t figured out yet what to get for my kids to bring to school but I am gathering a a lot of ideas.

  • Rachel
    February 8, 2019

    We are doing this! I have to find the lipbalms now but it is definitely happening.

  • Bohemian Babushka
    February 8, 2019

    Those are CUTISIMOS!! Thinking this would be a great party favor/thankyou too. Will be pinning for future fiestas. Gracias

  • What Corinne Did
    February 8, 2019

    Shame we don’t have a bring your kid to work day in the UK. Although i did bring my cat once ahah! the valentine’s day cards are so cute

  • Hannah
    February 8, 2019

    What funky packaging! This would make for a lovely gift 🙂

  • Lisa Favre
    February 8, 2019

    I am totally loving this DIY. Perfect for my tween nieces – I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is already next week!

  • Cris
    February 8, 2019

    What a cute idea! I am sure kids will love it!

  • Aishwarya Shenolikar
    February 8, 2019

    These are such cute Valentine’s things. I love how bloggers get excited about such days and come up with great art and printables!

  • Bindu Thomas
    February 8, 2019

    This is really lovely! I would like to this for my kids. They will love this for sure.

  • Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland
    February 8, 2019

    This is such a cute idea for Valentine’s. It seems so much better than sending candy and the generic Valentine’s cards.

  • Alexandra
    February 8, 2019

    Okay – this is the best Valentine’s idea yet – you are so creative!
    You’re the balm is such a cute idea!

  • Heidi
    February 8, 2019

    These valentines are absolutely adorable! I’m a sucker for a cute, homemade valentine. Forget the store kind!

  • Pam
    February 7, 2019

    What a cute Valentine’s idea for your kid’s classroom. I never got this creative with my kids valentines.

  • Beth
    February 7, 2019

    This is so cute! I love a good pun.

  • Chelle Dizon
    February 7, 2019

    Thank you so much for sharing this free Printable. I think this is a nice idea for this upcoming Valentines Day!

  • Sharon
    February 7, 2019

    These are the cutest Valentine’s! Something that the kids can keep all year long. I love these.

  • Patricia Que
    February 7, 2019

    how lovely is this! I like this idea as it is very age appropriate and practical too!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    February 7, 2019

    That looks so easy to do, such a sweet idea for kids

  • Mimi
    February 7, 2019

    This is such a cute DIY, I love it (I’m not even a kid so that says something right)

  • Gisele
    February 7, 2019

    This is a great idea. I love the lip balm and cute cards.

  • Tasheena
    February 7, 2019

    This is such a fun idea. I have to see if my nieces want to make these this weekend.

  • Tara Pittman
    February 7, 2019

    What a cute Valentine card. I love the idea of lip balm instead of candy.

  • Marta Rivera
    February 7, 2019

    This is the cutest (and so clever)! My son loves lip balm, so he’d be over the moon with this gift.

  • Chad
    February 7, 2019

    These are the cutest thing ever! Love to bring kids on board with any holiday especially Valentine, so cool.

    Chad

  • Melanie
    February 7, 2019

    This is such a cute Valentine. My daughter would like to give this out to all of her friends. Between church and school, she has a lot!

  • Kenneth Clutario Agudo
    February 7, 2019

    That is actually a very thoughtful and cute idea this valentines day. Its unique and kids will surely love doing it since its somewhat creative and artistic. Love the colors.

  • cait
    February 7, 2019

    i loved giving these out to my friends as kids and i love making some fun ones right now for my daughter who goes to pre school! this is such an adorable idea! cant wait to share! cant wait to try it out!

  • Glenda Cates
    February 7, 2019

    This is such a cute idea and would be perfect for the girls in my sons class. I can’t wait to see if he wants to make them.

  • Melissa
    February 7, 2019

    These are so cute! These would make really cute gifts for my daughter’s Sunday school class.

  • Janet
    February 7, 2019

    This is just the cutest! I just purchased a new printer and will save this to make!

  • Amber Myers
    February 7, 2019

    This is such a great idea! I can see this being a hit with kids. My daughter might want to pass something like this out to friends!

  • Georgina Nderitu
    February 7, 2019

    What a super easy, and delightful DIY Valentine’s project. Thank you.

  • Terri Steffes
    February 7, 2019

    Super cute Valentine and message, and one that they will actually use that won’t rot their teeth! 🙂

  • Sarah Bailey
    February 7, 2019

    This is such a great idea! What a cute little note and I like the idea of including a lip blam

  • Candy
    February 7, 2019

    What a fun Saturday afternoon craft project for kids. Making their own Valentine’s Day cards is special

  • Alli Smith
    February 7, 2019

    I did something similar for the moms at our church on Mother’s Day. However, my card was not as cute as your card is. I love this idea for Valentine’s Day and the free printable is definitely the balm!

  • Joan
    February 7, 2019

    I think they are incredible and very creative. Anybody would love them, so nice to see.

  • Jeanette
    February 7, 2019

    Those bring me back to my childhood. I have totally forgot about those lip balm’s. I had almost every flavor when I was a kid.

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