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These Candy Free DIY Valentines Day Cards Are A Boys Dream

I think I’m beginning to love Valentine’s Day in a whole new way now that I have kids.

Before I was married, I was always awkwardly waiting for Valentine’s day to pass. When I was single, I was drowning my sorrows in romantic comedies and chocolate. And when I was dating someone I dissected the meaning of any gift that I was contemplating buying to see how he might “read into it”.

What a pain.

Getting married definitely took the stress levels down some, but once you have kids in school Valentine’s day becomes fun again!

I love being able to make some candy free DIY Valentines for my son to pass out to his friends in preschool. And being the semi-healthy, semi-crunchy mom that I am, I like to steer clear of as much candy as possible.

So today I bring you the easiest, candy-free DIY Valentines cards imaginable. Be sure to check out all of our Valentine cards for kids here.

Easy Candy Free DIY Valentines

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I picked up these adorable foam airplanes, made by Spritz, from the party section of Target. They were $3 for a pack of six.

If you don’t have a Target nearby or if they’re all out of these cute planes, there’s also these planes available through Amazon that come in a 24 pack for $7 (and free shipping if you have Amazon prime!). They are much larger than the Spritz planes in the pictures, so I created a separate printable for them. Instead of taping them onto the valentine card directly, I made tags for you to hole punch and tie to the airplane body with some decorative string.

Scroll to the bottom to download either printable.

Candy Free DIY Valentine FREE Printable | Whip up these super cute airplane printables in 5 minutes flat and be the coolest mom on the block!

All you have to do is print the card, cut them out, and attach the planes to the paper.

I simply used Scotch tape (or any clear, transparent wrapping tape) to adhere the wings to the paper. Just don’t use a tape that is heavy duty because you don’t want the tape to pull the foam apart when it’s removed from the card.

More Valentine Ideas For Kids

Reading books is a great option for any theme or holiday! These Valentine’s Day books are some of the top picks. Add them to your home library or see if your local library has them on hand.

Love From The Crayons If your kids love any of the Crayon books, they’ll want to read this Valentine version where the crayons explore the bright colors and subtle shades of love.

The Invisible String – This is a sweet story all children will want to hear. It’s about a mother who tells her two children that they’re all connected by an invisible string.

Little Blue Truck’s Valentine – Join Little Blue Truck as he delivers Valentine’s Day cards to all his farm animal friends. As he does, he wonders, will anyone give one to him?

Get Our Favorite Valentine Crafts!

>>Click HERE to download these Candy Free DIY Plane Valentine’s printables in the orginal size (for the Spritz planes)<<

>>Click HERE to download the Valentine printable tags for the larger sized foam planes<<

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Tuesday 7th of February 2017

What are the dimensions on the cards you used for the airplane vday card? Thanks

Sam T

Wednesday 8th of February 2017

Hi Hayley! The original ones are 4"x5" but the tie on tags are sized as 4"x~1.8".


Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Super cute! Featuring you tomorrow!

Sam T

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

Aww, thanks so much Des; you're stuff is always amazingly cute so that means a lot! I'm excited :)


Sunday 17th of January 2016

I love these! I agree, Valentine's Day is so much fun with kids. I sometimes feel silly when I get all excited to create fun Valentines for their classes. We've been working on our Valentines this week too :)

Sam T

Sunday 17th of January 2016

Oh yeah, I just saw your monkey valentines on craftgawker! They're so fun!!!

Nat & Holly

Thursday 14th of January 2016

Hey Sam! I'm so excited to "meet" you and be an eighteen25 contributor with you this year! I LOVE your blog! Your printables are gorgeous, and I can't wait to look around more!


Sam T

Friday 15th of January 2016

Aw, you're so sweet! Thanks so much :) I'm excited to get to know you as well. In fact, I think I'll pop on over and check out more of your stuff now.

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