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Easy DIY Valentine Goodie Bags

Photograph by Denise Cortes

Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom used to place tiny teddy bears, balloons and candy hearts in our bedroom every morning on Valentine’s Day. It was a sweet gesture of her love, and one that I’ve grown to appreciate since I became a mom. She was a busy single mom, but she always made a point of telling me she loved me on Valentine’s Day—even when I wasn’t feeling very lovable. Now that I’m a mother to six of my own kids, ages 8 to 16, I strive to make this day special for them, too.

Since they’re home-schooled and attend a learning center once a week, we didn’t always have the opportunity to pass out Valentine’s Day cards to a class full of kids. But once they did, being the crafty mom that I am, we painstakingly made each and every one of our cards by hand. And by we, I totally mean me. But this year I’ve wised up. There will be no more of those handmade cards given to classmates who just toss them to the side in search of chocolate. Instead, I decided to make special Valentine’s Day treat bags for the people I love most: My husband and my kids.

I decided to enlist the help of my daughter Maya. This craft is easy enough for young children to do alone, as long as you are confident of their scissor skills. Mom, you may need to supervise handling a glue gun.

Photograph by Denise Cortes

All of these items can easily be found at your local crafts store. Muslin bags are adorable and much more durable than a paper bag. I plan on adding gift cards to our favorite burger place, along with candy and a love note for each of the kids. I love felt because it’s so easy to work with, it comes in a wide range of colors and it is very inexpensive—about a 25 cents for a 9x12-inch sheet. In place of the felt, you can also use a colorful quilt square fabric. Threading your hearts with embroidery floss is also another pretty option.

Photograph by Denise Cortes

With a light colored marker, you can trace the hearts before cutting them out. Or, you can just freehand the shape and cut away, like we did. Start with a smaller size heart and then use that shape as a template for a larger size heart.

Photograph by Denise Cortes

We used a hot glue gun because it’s quick and easy, but you can choose whatever craft glue you like, so long as it’s made for fabric. Add glue to the felt hearts, then glue them onto the muslin bag. Press down and make sure they're straight. Go easy on the glue, or it will take too long to dry.

Photograph by Denise Cortes
Photograph by Denise Cortes

This craft is so easy a kid can do it! Maya had fun cutting out hearts in different colors and making the little goodie bags cute—even though her older brothers probably won’t pay too much attention to her efforts. It’s the thought and love that we put into it that counts.

Go ahead and add whatever you fancy—candy hearts, chocolate, gift cards, love notes—into these Valentine’s day goodie bags. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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