DIY Valentine’s Day treat bags for kids

By Kelly Castor, Erin Martinez and Shanna Smith on December 22nd, 2023
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One of the best things about kids valentine treat bags is the surprise element—there could be anything in there! But we say, why hide all the fun inside the treat bag? Why not give kids a hint at all the fun waiting inside by adding a little (or a LOT) of fun to the outside of the bag?

If you’re of the same mind, keep reading. Because whether it’s for a classroom, for your child’s best friends, or a gift basket to surprise your own kid, we have tons of ideas and free printables to make extra-fun valentine treat bags extra easy!

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Tic-tac-toe and word search valentine treat bags

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Already have some cute Hallmark treat bags and looking for a simple and easy way to plus them up? Try adding these tic-tac-toe and wordsearch printable game cards, paired with some Crayola crayons.

What you’ll need:

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Print out the free printable on card stock paper. Use scissors to cut the playing cards out.

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Use some washi tape to attach one or two crayons to the playing card. Then use a sticker to attach the card and crayons to the front of the treat bag.

While you’re sharing a little love…

Don’t forget love for your little, too! We’ve got lots of cute Valentine’s Day cards for kids.


Valentine treat bags with fun friends

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These Valentine’s Day friends are the cutest little additions to a kids treat bag filled with goodies. (Anything with googly eyes is gold in our book.) Plus, they each hold a Crayola coloured pencil, for an added gift!

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What you’ll need:

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Print out the free printable. Cut the friends out and glue googly eyes on. We used fun colours for the eyes!

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Using a craft knife and a cutting mat, cut along the dotted white lines, creating holes for the Crayola pencils to slide through the paper.

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Add a coloured pencil to each friend—use the pointy end to guide through the holes you cut. Have your kids sign their name for a final, personal touch!

Want to add a message, too?

Check out these kid-to-kid Valentine message ideas. We’ve also get message ideas for teachers, grandparents and more.


Valentine treat boxes with friendship bracelets

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These friendship bracelets are a perfect opportunity to craft with your kid, and they’re the perfect way to personalize our Valentine’s Day pillow boxes.

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What you’ll need:

• Beads
• Tape
• Stretchy cording
• Scissors
• Pillow treat boxes

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Cut a cord to the length needed. Since it’s stretchy, it can be shorter than you think. Tape down one end to the table to keep the beads from sliding off as you thread them on.

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We love these cute friendly sayings. Some others could be: Val Pals, Besties, Smile, Happy, Hooray, or you could give a nod to a song by their favourite pop star. 😉 When finished, tie the ends together in a double knot.

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Fill up the pillow boxes with treats and candies, then slide the finished bracelets onto the box. Now they’re ready to be shared in classrooms or with your kiddo’s BFFs!


Valentine’s Day gift basket with DIY candy bouquet

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If you’re looking for a fun gift basket idea to surprise your little one on Valentine’s Day, you’re in for a sweet treat: This cute basket has the most precious lady bug plush that dances and comes with a matching book. The DIY candy bouquet puts it over the top in the best way. Here’s how to make them!

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To make the candy bouquet, gather sweets that can be pierced onto a food-safe skewer, like gummies, marshmallows, sour fruit strips, etc. Add the candy to the skewer, leaving room on the bottom for the stick to be wrapped in the bouquet. We made 5 skewers total.

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Next, lay all the skewers on a sheet of Hallmark tissue paper and gather to create a bouquet. Tie a ribbon bow around the bottom of the bouquet to keep everything in place.