My Family’s Valentine Tradition

Hello sweet friends 💕 I thought I would share a special valentine family tradition on the blog today since Valentine’s Day is only a month away. Looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that includes a gift from the heart instead of the store? This might be just the activity for you.

Several years back I was searching for a way that our family could celebrate Valentine’s Day that was meaningful and fun. I recalled that my very favorite valentine was one that my mom had handmade for me when I was 5 years old. It was one of the prettiest cards I had ever received and I have kept it close ever since. I settled upon the idea of sitting down as a family and making valentine cards for each other. The first year was a success. Not only did the kids enjoy putting their creativity to work, they got a huge kick out of seeing their parents (especially their dad) get crafty too. They were excited to see what we created especially for them, and to present us with their masterpieces. Every year since, we have set aside a couple hours in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day to continue this tradition.

my treasured homemade valentine from 1982

Valentine Card Supplies

The first year we created homemade cards I picked up a valentine scrapbook kit at a local craft store. Since then I have continued to add to our valentine craft collection every year with festive valentine supplies that I spot while doing errands at Target, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joanne’s. We also raid our craft cupboard for various other card making supplies. I’ve linked some of my favorites things below. During the year my kids often use many of these supplies to make birthday cards for their friends.

Although we are all seated around the table making cards together, we make a point not to peek at what each other has done until it is time to open our cards on Valentine’s Day. Cards vary from year to year and it is neat to see each card makers personality shine through their creation. Can you guess who created the cards below?


  1. alicia Baccei

    January 15, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Love this idea. thank you

    1. Parker

      January 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Glad you enjoyed this post! I thought this activity might be up your alley since you are one of the craftiest people I know.

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