(You can get the tutorial for the lovely valentines shown above here.)
My daughter is in middle school this year and her school doesn't have a Valentine's Day party. So sad! It will be the first year since she was four that we haven't made valentines for her classmates. It's the end of an era. Of course, she's planning to make some super cute stuffed felt animals for her close friends this year, but it's not the Valentine factory we have always been. In case you are still making valentines, here is a round-up of some of our favorite homemade valentines over the years.
Preschool-We (I) made some felt fortune cookie valentines for my daughter's classmates. These were probably my very favorite Valentines!
First Grade-This was the first year my daughter really helped me make the valentines. These shaker valentines were a big hit.
Second Grade-I was a bit lazy that year and just downloaded some super cute (and free) printables from Vanessa Valencia. Look at that baby faced girl!
Third Grade-These alien finger puppet valentines were very popular and my daughter had a lot of fun sewing all of them by herself.
Fourth Grade-Another lazy year! Bookmark valentines. A free printable I found on Positively Splendid.
Fifth Grade-These were all my daughter! I drew the cat shapes, but she did everything else! Figures that just when she does the bulk of the work, we don't need a million valentines anymore.
I hope these inspire you to create your own valentines too! There's something really special about sitting down and making valentines and it's a childhood tradition I will miss doing with my daughter.