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DIY: Photo Valentine Favors

It’s that time of year again – time for the kiddos to get creative and show some love to their classmates… and possible neighborhood buddies, family members, etc.  Kristin’s here today sharing her template for personalized favors – a simple trick for producing something fancy with minimal effort.

We’re also debuting something new this week – questions of the day.  Today we want to know: do your kiddos share Valentines with family or just classmates?  Share your tradition in our comments section.

Every year I like to help the kids make creative valentine’s for our friends and family. And, since I’m a photographer, I usually incorporate their photo into the valentine. One of my favorite projects was this super-easy-to-make bag of candy with a photo topper.

The next year I varied things a little with pixie sticks, but this year I wanted to come back to the candy bag. I love that you can put anything into the bag. If you want to get fancy, you can make marshmallows and roll them in colored sugar. But store-bought candy also does the trick.

The goodie bags I used are purchased from Target. They are 5″ wide, so I used a 4×5 size print to make the top. (If you don’t want to print this irregular size, print it as a 4×6 and cut off the extra inch.)

Start by cutting off the top of the goodie bags. They are pretty long, so cut them depending on what you’ll put inside.


You can design your own photo topper if you’re a photoshop whiz, or you can download any one of my free templates by clicking on my Facebook page. Insert your own child’s photo into the template, customize the message and make your prints. (You will need to have photoshop to use this template, but you don’t need to be a pro – it’s simple.)

Fold the print in half, so the finished size will be 2″ by 5″. Use a stapler to attach the photo to the bag on both sides.


This is such an easy project that the kids can help with. My kids loved bringing their custom valentines to school and you know grandparents go crazy over this stuff too!

Question of the day: 

Do your kids share Valentines with family and extended family – or just classmates? How about playmates or neighbors?




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Kristin is a former teacher turned children’s photographer in southern California. Visit her website to read all about her adventures in photography, cooking, and her love of style.

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Gina January 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

My kids are 2 and 4 and just share with their friends at school – all our relatives live in different states so I usually make up a card with their pics and mail those out to grandparents.


mpmk January 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

I like the idea of making a photo card for the grandparents Gina – I was thinking of maybe making some fun photo props and sending out a family Valentine email this year with the photos.


Sally from Little Hiccups January 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

My daughter and I did exactly the same thing last year! We made little heart shaped sugar cookies and gave them to her pre-school buddies in packs topped with her picture (dressed as a baker!). It was a great way to introduce my daughter to all of the kids at her pre-school as we were only relatively new to the area at the time. It was amazing how many times we bumped into families from pre-school months later and they’d say “Hey, thats Ava from the cookies”! You can see our cookies here: http://www.littlehiccups.net/2012/02/valentines-day.html


mpmk January 31, 2013 at 11:31 am

So cute – love the added touch of your daughter dressing up like a baker :)


Kirsten @One Tough Mother January 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

These are really cute! Thanks for the idea!

My daughter (almost 11) shares with her classmates and we usually make a few extra for her friends who are not in her class, too. Her birthday is one week after Valentine’s Day, so we’re lucky to just get that done! Got to make party favors, too! :)


mpmk January 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

I’m impressed that you don’t try to get away with folding her birthday into the Valentine celebration – good for you!


Sally from Little Hiccups January 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm

My daughters birthday is just over a week before Valentine’s Day so I’m busy working on party favours too. Rolling it all into one would make things much easier – but when do us Mums ever do that? 😉


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