DIY Valentine’s: Pencils Instead of Candy + FREE Printable!

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WHAT? Valentine’s already? It’s crazy that I am already talking about Valentine’s Day! But, it’s never too early to plan and get a head start especially if your little ones have 25+ kids in their class!

This year I wanted to do one Valentine with candy and one without. Keep your eyes peeled next week for my candy valentine if you are looking for an adorable fun Valentine that involves candy! This week though, we’re all about pencils!

NON-CANDY Valentine's For Kids! Free Printable Included - sixtimemommy.comCandy is fun but pencils are useful, and I always find my kids get excited over pencils! They love writing stories, colouring and being creative and they last much longer than candy anyway, right?

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These adorable pencils came from the dollar store. $1.50 for a pack of 10.

NON-CANDY Valentine's For Kids! Free Printable Included - sixtimemommy.comThe printable you can find here.

NON-CANDY Valentine's For Kids! Free Printable Included -

The rest is easy peasy. Print out the cards cut them out and make two small slits (we used an Exacto knife) and the pencil slides right in!

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What you need:

  • Pencils
  • Quality card stock paper
  • Laser printer
  • This printable Card (HERE)
  • Exacto knife

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Easy, cute and fun for the kids. I had such fun making them, and my two younger boys (4 and 6) are excited to take them to their friends this Valentine’s Day!

NON-CANDY Valentine's For Kids! Free Printable Included -


NON-CANDY Valentine's For Kids! Free Printable Included -

What was your favourite type of Valentine to give as a kid? Candy or more practical longer lasting items?


  • Reply robin rue January 8, 2018 at 10:22 am

    How cute are these? These pencils are perfect to send in with my 4th grader to school because we are not allowed to send them in with candy on Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh January 8, 2018 at 10:54 am

    These are totally cute! I love how easy they are, and I love that they are non candy ideas. We homeschool so my daughter doesn’t do Valentine’s anymore, but if we did, I’d totally do these.

  • Reply Kristina January 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

    These are so cute!! Kids love pencils especially holiday themed ones! So fun!

  • Reply Gingermommy January 8, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I love the idea of making your own Valentine’s pencils. They would be great with cards for my kids to give out. I am going to have to try this asap.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman January 8, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    This is a cute craft that I think even my daughter who is 16 would like to give to her friends. I am going to get ready for the day and wait for the candy Valentine ideas too.

  • Reply Angela Tolsma January 8, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    OH gosh I love that you did pencil instead of candy! This has given me a brilliant idea to do valentines pencil for some adult friends with some fun pencils I have! Love the tags you made to go with them!

  • Reply reesa January 8, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I am always looking for DIY ideas for Valentine’s Day. I am saving this idea for sure, thank you!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus January 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Oh my god how cute are these valentine pencils though, never mind the kinds I want them for myself haha! I love the printables as well thanks so much for making them for us overexcited adults haha!

  • Reply Krystel | Disney on a Budget January 8, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    As a kid, I couldn’t get enough of pencils and would have loved this. Pencils or candy are great!

  • Reply Karen Morse January 8, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    That’s really lovely! I think it’s the perfect little gift for the kids this Valentine’s! I love that it’s not time consuming at all and it’s easy to make as well.

  • Reply Elise @ Belle Meets World blog January 8, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    What a great idea! Definitely adding this to my Valentine’s Pinterest board. I bet all the kids will love these cute pencils, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Toya January 8, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    So cute and a great idea for a class of elementary students. Thanks for the printable i will share it with my mommy friends.

  • Reply Beth Davidson January 8, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    This is a great idea! Our kids already get enough candy, don’t they? Plus those theme pencils were always so fun when I was growing up.

  • Reply Rachel January 8, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I am not even close to thinking about Valentine’s Day yet. I haven’t even taken down Christmas. Ahhhh! Thanks for the reminder.

  • Reply serena January 8, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    When I was a kid it was all about the candy. But now that I’m older I definitely see the benefit for the more practical long lasting items :-)

  • Reply Censie Sawyer January 8, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Perfect idea I am still trying to decide what we will make this year. I love making creative Valentines for the kids classrooms. I am big on not doing candy too!

  • Reply Terri Steffes January 9, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Super cute pencils! Candy gets old, too, where pencils will last! I love using pencils, too. I love to be able to fix my mistakes.

  • Reply Louise January 9, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Aww these are just so cute, and are such great options for gifting as I always thing a hand made touch make a gift all the more meaningful!

  • Reply Maria Katsulos January 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    This is such a smart idea! You’re so right about pencils lasting longer than candy, PLUS, you just know the moms at home will be glad that at least one kid gave their child something other than sugar, LOL!

  • Reply Jessica Joachim January 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    This looks great! I love the idea of not doing candy and this would be perfect for my daughter’s school! I think all the kids would really enjoy.

  • Reply Carolyn January 9, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    These are perfect for my daughter. She is excited to pass out Valentines to her class and I am sure they would love pencils.

  • Reply Melissa January 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    This is a really cute idea! Plus it won’t have the kids jumping off the walls from sugar lol I would love to make these for my sons class.

  • Reply Kimberly Lewis January 10, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I love this idea for kids! They get so much candy that I love having a different alternative!

  • Reply Tiffany Haywood January 10, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    What a fun way to spread a bit of Valentine’s Day love minus the sugar and sweets. Love it!

  • Reply Brittany January 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I love the idea of doing a Valentines day card using pencils instead of candy! I’m going to o these for my little boys this year!

  • Reply Heather January 15, 2018 at 9:36 am

    These are adorable! Last year we used mechanical pencils in our Valentine’s because my daughter was obsessed with them!

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