August 16, 2018

75 DIY Non-Candy Classroom Valentines

Jan 19, 2018

List of 75 fun and unique classroom valentine ideas for your kids that ARE NOT CANDY! So many cute ideas!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re looking for some fun and unique classroom valentine ideas for your kids that aren’t candy, here’s a list of some of the best ones we’ve found. These are sure to be fun for kids, even if it isn’t candy!

75 DIY Non-Candy Classroom Valentines

1. Star Wars Valentine via Alecia Dawn Photography
With fun phrases like “I ‘chew’se you” and “I want you to come to the dark side”, these are sure to be a hit with young Star Wars fans.

2. Printable Valentine Bookmarks via Positively Splendid
Such a cute idea, and it encourages reading!

3. Clementine Valentine via The Cards We Drew
With the printable “You’re a cutie” printable, this is just an adorable way to give a healthy valentine!

4. You’re the “Raisin” I’m Smiling Valentine via Homemaking Hacks
Grab some boxes of raisins and print off these cute tags for an easy DIY valentine.

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5. You Blow Me Away Valentine via Makely
Attach these free printables to some bubbles, and kids will go wild over this one!

6. Friendship Bracelet Valentine via Dandee Designs
If you have especially crafty children, they might have a blast making these for their fellow classmates.

7. Muffin Tin Crayon Valentine via Our Best Bites
Muffin tin crayons are so much fun to make, plus the “you color my world” printable to attach to it is so cute!

8. Valentine Fruit Tags via Craftaholics Anonymous
A couple more fruit-themed valentines are sure to be a hit with tags like “You’re the apple of my eye” and “Orange you glad we are friends?”

9. O-Fish-Ally Be Mine Valentine via Tammy Mitchell Designs
These valentines stuffed with goldfish crackers are a great edible alternative to the usual candy.

10. MadLib Valentine via Design Mom
This is such a cool idea! Kids love doing mad libs, and the tags you attach to this are great!

11. Mustache Valentine via Craft Monkey
Oh my gosh, this is so unique and fun. “I mustache you a question…will you be my valentine?”

12. Pencil Arrow Valentine via Positively Splendid
Insert a pencil through a paper heart with the tag “You are just write” for a unique valentine idea.

Pencil Monsters

13. Monster Pencils Valentine via The 36th Avenue
These little one- and two-eyed monster guys on the ends of pencils are so endearing! And they are super simple to make.

14. Just Popping In DIY Valentine via Fabulessly Frugal
Grab those fun little popper toys for kids in bulk, and add this “just popping in” tag for a fun valentine idea on the cheap.

15. Owl Always Be Your Valentine via Seven Thirty Three
These owls are so precious, and look like fun to make!

16. You Make My Heart Skip a Beat Jumprope Valentine via Homemaking Hacks
Encourage health, exercise and fun with these unique valentines. Grab the multipack of jump ropes in the party section of Walmart.

17. You’re a Hoot Owl Valentine via Frugal Coupon Living
This environmentally-friendly project utilizes old toilet paper rolls and turns them into an adorable stand-up owl! You can add candy inside, but you really don’t have to. I think it looks great as-is!

18. I Think You are Really Sharp Valentine via The Crafting Chicks
These pencil sharpener valentines are so useful and clever!

19. Tic Tac Toe Board Game Valentine via Bargain Briana
Give the gift of a fun game of tic tac toe. And bonus? “You are a winner!” 😉


20. Twinkie Minions Valentines via Mission To Save
Okay, so I know Twinkies aren’t any better than candy, but these are just TOO cute for a little Despicable Me fan!

21. Frozen Olaf Warm Hugs Valentine via One Creative Mommy
This is sure to win over all the little Frozen fans.

22. Kids’ Mouse Valentine via 7 On A Shoestring
This little folder paper mouse is adorable and opens up to reveal a customized Valentine’s Day message.

23. Valentine’s Day Pencil Toppers via You Brew My Tea
These are so sparkly and pretty!

24. You Make My Heart Flutter Butterfly Valentine via Passion For Savings
Even though this is shown with a lollipop as the center, I think you could just as easily use a pencil!

25. Wheelie Valentine via A Mom’s Take
Sure to be a hit with the boys, attach a toy car to each valentine and add the cute tagline to complete it.


26. Popcorn Valentine Love Monster via Laura Kelly Designs
Isn’t this little guy cuuuuttteee?!

27. Whoopie Cushion Valentine via The Taylor House
For the young little prankster who will get a good laugh out of this one…

28. You’re The Bomb Valentine via That Bald Chick
Kids will have fun making this one, and I think you could put any gold filler in the middle. (It doesn’t have to be Rolo candy.)

29. Edible Clay Valentine via Crazy About My Bay Bah
Give the gift of play with this edible clay. Add the “doh you want to be my valentine” tag, and voila!

30. I’m Nuts About You Valentine via Around My Family Table
As long as your child’s school isn’t a peanut allergy restricted school, these are a great idea.

31. Be Minecraft Valentine via Club Chica Circle
Because you know there had to be at least ONE valentine for all the Minecraft kids out there. Wrap this around any toy or food item. It doesn’t have to be limited to candy.

32. Big Hero 6 Valentine via Desert Chica
Let your kids color their own valentines this year! And this movie is so popular with all the kids right now.

33. It’s Great to Bee Your Friend Valentine via Mom Endeavors
Keep it simple with this fun bee-themed printable.

34. Monster Valentines via Better In Bulk
I love this, because kids can get creative and each one is completely different. Those are some seriously CUTE monsters.

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35. You Light Up My Life Glow Stick Valentine via Eighteen 25
These are gorgeous. And kids will go crazy over the glow sticks.

36. Army Valentines via Armelle Blog
For all the little boys who love playing with toy army figures.

37. We Belong Together Valentine via Artsy Fartsy
SO. CUTE. And all the work is done for you. Just print these adorable artsy valentines and personalize them.

38. You’re Awesome Sauce Valentine via Creating Really Awesome Free Things
Give the gift of a healthy snack (apple sauce) with this creative idea.

39. You Make My Heart Soar Paper Airplane Valentine via No Biggie
This is simple and fun!

40. You Rule Valentine via Relocated Living
This little “You Rule” valentine includes a new ruler for the student.

41. Kinetic Sand Valentine via Smart Schoolhouse
Kids these days are obsessed with kinetic sand, so this is a great idea.

42. Heart Suncatchers via Fun At Home With Kids
This is a cute alternative to the traditional class valentine.

43. I Like You Beary Much Teddy Graham Valentine via Cupcake Cuties
This is darling with the little bear tag attached.


44. Tiny Animal Valentines via Sweet C’s Designs
These are just precious. The little dinomite one is my favorite.

45. You are Totally Kool Valentine via Pink Peppermint Design
These little valentines give a kool-aid drink to each child.

46. Sip Sip Hooray Valentine via Kinzie’s Kreations
These are so fun with the crazy straws attached!

47. Dropping Down Paratrooper Valentine via Paging Supermom
Fun for the little boys!

48. Love Bug Valentines via Dandee Designs
So precious. The ladybug is my favorite.

49. Love Is In The Air Valentine via Eighteen 25
These little heart-shaped balloons are simple and such a unique idea.

50. You’re All That and a Bag of Chips Valentine via My 3 Monsters
The best part about this one is you can attach a healthier organic variety of chips.

51. You are Golden Valentine via The Crafted Sparrow
If you can find inexpensive nail polish at the dollar store, this is a fun idea for the little girls.

52. Arrow Pencil Valentine via Muffin Grayson
Another variety of the pencil valentine, but this one is a bit different. I just love this simplistic but stylish valentine with a pretty glitter pencil in the middle.

Wood Valentine

53. Wood You Be My Valentine via Eclectic Chica
These little hand-painted wooden valentines are just delightful, and kids will have so much fun crafting them.

54. You’re My Main Squeeze Valentine via Funky Polkadot Giraffe
A variation of the applesauce valentine we previously saw, your child can give the gift of GoGo Squeez Applesauce with this fun valentine.

55. You Color My World Valentine via Crazy Little Projects
If you don’t have time for the muffin tin crayons mentioned above, then maybe you can pick up some dollar store crayons and use this one as an alternative.

56. My Heart Bounces For You Valentine via Craft-O-Maniac
Kids are sure to love this fun valentine with bouncy ball attached!

57. You’re Tops Valentine via B Inspired Mama
This is a great, inexpensive idea. Just pick up a multipack of spinning tops for this one.

58. Sowing the Seeds of Love Valentine via Garden Therapy
Oooo! I just love this lovely little idea. And the love given just keeps growing throughout the year.

59. Coloring Sheet Valentine via Motherhood On A Dime
This is the flipside of the crayon valentines. With this one, you roll up a sheet from a coloring book to give. This one is fun, because your child can pick out a special picture for each classmate to color.

60. Popcorn Valentine via See Vanessa Craft
“So glad you popped into my life!”

61. Magnifying Glass Valentine via Dandee Designs
“I’ve Had My Eye On You” tagline with a mini magnifying glass attached. Kids love playing Spy at this age, so this is great.

62. Melting Heart Slime via Growing a Jeweled Rose
This one is sure to make kids gasp and giggle. Ooey, gooey and tons of fun!

63. You Make The World Sparkle Valentine via Pretty Prudent
Attach a small container of glitter for a unique valentine idea. Kids can use it for all their crafting projects at school or home.

Animal Bookmarks

64. Printable Animal Valentine Bookmarks via Party Impressions
Another variation of printable bookmarks, these have fun little cartoon animals printed on them!

65. You Are A SuperStar Valentine via Plucky Momo
These have star-shaped sunglasses attached to them, and kids will have a blast with these.

66. Toad-ally Awesome Valentine via Crap I’ve Made
The reptile and amphibian lover in me is geeking out over this one. Seriously adorable.

67. Blown Away Valentine via Dukes and Duchesses
Give the gift of music with this fun valentine idea.

68. Pet Rock Valentines via Little Lovables
Oh. my. gosh. Soooo precious. That little rock is darling, and this is such a frugal project!


69. Vintage Arrow Valentine via Design Sponge
Love the style of these.

70. Yarn Heart Cards via Parents
The simplistic beauty of these little handcrafted valentines makes them so appealing.

71. You Amaze Me Valentine via U Create
These are so frugal, since you can just buy the multipacks of toy mazes. Such a cute idea, too!

72. Cootie Cleaner Valentine via Some What Simple
These are so hilarious and adorable. Keep the cooties away with these antibacterial cleaners.

73. You Make Me Feel Better Valentine via Pretty Prudent
This one includes two band-aids, which is always useful to have on hand. You can buy really cool designs of bandages to have fun with this one.


74. What Does The Fox Say Valentine via Pink Peppermint Design
The Fox song has become so popular over the past year, and these little foxes with pretzels attached are darling.

75. Puffy Heart Tags via I Heart Naptime
These little handmade heart tags made from brown craft paper are so pretty!

With all these awesome ideas, it will be difficult to pick just one. 😀

DIY Dishwasher Tablets

Jul 16, 2015

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

I’m going to show you how to make your very own Dishwasher Tablets! You’ll be amazed at how easy these are to make. Best of all, these DIY dishwasher tablets use only three ingredients that you probably already have on hand!

I absolutely love making my own household products! Not only are they saving me a huge amount of money, but I get to choose exactly what I use in my products.

You don’t realize how fast the cost adds up with the small things, such as dishwasher tablets, that you toss in your shopping cart. Save some money and try making your own dishwasher tablets with this recipe!

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

You’ll need:

First, grab a small bowl and pour in your borax and arm & hammer powder and mix it together using a fork.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

Then pour in your lemon juice and quickly stir all the power and lemon juice together to form a wet sand consistency.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

While the mixture is still moist spoon into your mini muffin pans and press down firmly. Allow the tablets to dry for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

Pop one into your dishwasher tablet dispenser and run cycle like normal. Enjoy sparkling, clean dishes for a fraction of the cost!


DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

Tips for Selling Kids’ Clothes on Facebook Garage Sale Groups

Jul 9, 2015

Great tips for selling kids' clothes on Facebook garage sale groups! Clear out your clutter and make money by selling your kids' outgrown clothing on Facebook.

Is all of your storage space filled with clothes that your kids have grown out of? Instead of keeping it in storage wasting precious space, try selling it on a Facebook garage sale group. Many communities now have Facebook garage sale groups that make it easy for parents to get rid of old clothes. If you’re ready to get rid of your kids’ old clothes, these tips can help you sell on a garage sale group.

Be Honest About Condition

If you’re selling clothes on a Facebook garage sale group, make sure you’re honest about the condition. If there’s a small stain somewhere on a shirt or if the pants have worn knees, let the buyer know ahead of time. Depending on the price you’ve posted for the item, many buyers will still be willing to purchase the item and you’ll have a guilt-free conscience about selling it to them.

Group Clothes Together

Instead of selling one piece of clothing at a time, try selling groups of clothes together. You can bundle these lots according to size, season or type of clothing. Not only can this help you make money fast, it also makes it easier to get rid of more clothes at once, making it a great strategy to use in order to clear your storage space.

Offer Discounts

Another great way to sell more clothes on Facebook garage sale sites is to offer discounts for multiple items or lots purchased. By offering group discounts, you’re encouraging buyers to purchase more from you. Not only does this benefit the buyer who gets a better price, it also benefits you since you only have to drive to a meeting place once, saving you time and stress.

Post as Fast Sale and No Holds

Different Facebook garage sale groups have different rules, but most groups require that you follow the line order in order to sell an item to someone. This means that the first person to comment interested is the person who gets the item. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some buyers will ask for you to hold the item until they’re paid, which can lead to you being stuck for days at a time waiting on a sale. Many times, these buyers back out last minute, causing you to waste time trying to sell the item. In order to protect yourself and save time, post the item as a fast sale with no holds. Although you’re still required to follow the line order, this allows you to skip a buyer if they can’t meet right away.

Selling clothes on Facebook garage sale groups is a great way to make some money and get rid of old kids’ clothes. Do you sell items on Facebook garage sale groups? Share your experience and tips with us.

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Tips for Buying Kids’ Clothes on Facebook Garage Sale Groups

Jul 2, 2015

Great tips for buying kids' clothes on Facebook garage sale groups. Find great deals and save a bundle by buying secondhand!

Garage sale and resale groups have become increasingly popular on Facebook. These groups allow parents to buy, sell, and trade kids’ clothes locally. Not only does this allow sellers to get a better price on their used clothes, it also allows buyers to get great bulk discounts on clothes they need for their kids.

Here are some tips for buying kid’s clothes on Facebook garage sale groups.

Comment ASAP

If you’re interested in something posted on a Facebook garage sale group, be sure to comment right away! These groups often use a line order to help prevent any arguments, which means you need to get your name on the list right away. After commenting, you can always back out if you end up deciding that the item just isn’t the right price for you.

Ask About Condition

Anytime something used is being sold, don’t forget to ask the seller about the condition. Not only should you specifically ask if the clothes have any stains or holes, you should also check to see if the clothes come from a smoke-free, pet-free home. Most sellers will be honest with you and let you know right away if something is wrong with it. You can then make your decision regarding the clothes.

Buy in Bulk

If a seller has multiple items or lots posted, try buying in bulk! Ask the seller if they offer a discount if you purchase all of their items. Many sellers will give you a great deal so that they only have to meet with one buyer as opposed to multiple meets with buyers who may or may not show up. By buying in bulk, you can get an even better deal on an already good price.

Make a Good Impression

If you have a good experience with a seller, make sure you make a good impression on them too. Be sure to show up at the meet on time with the agreed upon amount. By making a good impression on the seller, you can suggest that the next time they have something for sale that they contact you first before posting it on the group. If they’re selling clothes that your kids are in, they obviously have children who are older, which means that they will probably sell clothes each time their kids move up a size. This can make it easier for you to find used clothes in good condition at a great price.

Buying clothes on Facebook garage sale groups is a great way to get clothes for your kids at a great price. Do you buy clothes on any groups? Share your experiences with us!

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20 Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Jun 11, 2015

20 Father's Day DIY Gift Ideas | Homemade gifts are so thoughtful and meaningful. This list has some simple and fun gifts that Dad will love - pallet coasters, mustache mugs, beard conditioning oil and more!

Father’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re looking for something unique to give a special dad this year, this list of great Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas will help you out.

Gifts don’t have to be expensive to be nice, and handmade gifts are so thoughtful and meaningful. This list has some simple and elegant gifts that anyone would love — dad, grandpa, brother, friend, cousin, uncle, etc. From Pallet Coasters and Mustache Mugs to Beard Conditioning Oil and Comfy Pajama Pants, there’s something for everyone!

20 Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

1. DIY Mini Pallet Coasters via Cooking Like Lou
These little pallet coasters are SO clever! I saw them on Pinterest a couple months back and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. I think these are “manly” enough to be a great gift idea for Father’s Day! And they look so easy to make.

2. Father’s Day Personalized Magnet Board via Whipperberry
For something with more of a personal touch, this is such a wonderful idea! Personalize with photos and decorate it however you’d like. I just love the free printable it comes with. So precious.

3. DIY Sharpie Mustache Mug via One Little Project
Okay. Seriously? These are so adorable! Bonus: they are useful. Great gift idea for the coffee lover.

4. Abstract Art Daddy Cut-Out Sign via Lovely Design
I love the simplicity and elegance of this pretty little sign. It would look so nice in Daddy’s work area.

5. DIY Beard Conditioning Oil via The Ambitious Acre
For the man who is proud of his beard, this is such a fun and useful gift idea. Make it yourself using essential oils!

6. DIY Pre-Shave and After-Shave via One Project Closer
Another essential oil recipe that Dad is sure to love! The smells of Lavender, Valor, and Orange will be relaxing and soothing. He is sure to become addicted to these all-natural shaving recipes.

7. Father’s Day Grillin’ Towel via Craft Whatever
This is a very simple sewing tutorial to make a handmade grilling towel for Dad. I do not sew, and this doesn’t even look too intimidating to me! A good portion of it is iron-on patches. I love that this towel is masculine, yet pretty and elegant!

8. DIY Glass Paperweights via In My Own Style
These are so simple and so great for Dad’s desk! They look really easy to make — just some simple decoupage!

9. Little Handmade Notebooks via See Kate Sew
These are amazing. I’m in love. For Dad. For Anyone. So cute. So simple. So perfect for anyone who loves writing things down — thoughts, to-do lists, ramblings, doodles, etc.

10. Comfy Pajama Pants via Sew 4 Home
What Dad doesn’t love to lounge around the house in comfy PJ pants? Follow this easy sewing tutorial for some DIY PJ pants for Dad!

11. Lego Cuff Links via Fun Favors Events
For the geeky Dad who still loves all things Lego, this is a fun one! Make him some Lego Cuff Links. Super easy!

12. Monogrammed Cuff Links via The Purl Bee
Want something a little bit more elegant? Try your hand at these monogrammed cuff links!

13. Stress Away Sugar Scrub via ABC Creative Learning
I know, I know. It’s a sugar scrub. But sugar scrubs don’t have to just be for women! So many Dads are weighed down with stress, so give him this scrub to help the stress melt away!

14. Rustic Pencil Holder via Strawberry Chic
For the artistic Dad, this rustic pencil holder is awesome! Or he can use it for regular pens and pencils at his desk! I love the natural look of this.

15. Pocket Watch Photo Album via The Mother Huddle
I am in love with this idea! So classic with a personal touch!

16. DIY Men’s Wallet via Jinky’s Crafts Designs
If you really want to get crafty, you can try your hand at this homemade men’s wallet! How cool is that?!

17. Custom Checkerboard via Aly & Ash Creations
For the Dad who loves board games, this is a fun idea! Make your own custom checkerboard from tile, vinyl, and wood.

18. Hand Painted Mousepad via Design Sponge
Whoa. This is so cool! Hand paint a custom mousepad for a Dad who is frequently on the computer. Don’t worry if you’re not artistic — you get to use stencils.

19. DIY Spice Containers for Grill Rubs via Kojo Designs
For the Dad who loves to grill or cook, this is a unique gift idea that is really simple and easy to make.

20. DIY Grilling Prep Plates via These Little Loves
Going along with the same theme, you can make these custom grilling prep plates that are sure to be useful for the Dad who grills out frequently!

Do you enjoy making homemade DIY gifts? What other ideas have you tried that you might add to this list?