DIY Pencil Valentines: Heart of Gold

Today, we’re talking valentines! As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about those classroom valentines. These pencil valentines are a super cute, non-candy, valentine treat that your kids and their classmates are sure to love!

I picked up these pencils in the Target Dollar Spot. Although they had valentine themed pencils, I opted for these bright, fun patterns — perfect for boys or girls.

I inserted one pencil into a 1″ x 8″ cello bag which can be purchased at Clear Bags. Then I added the fun gold heart topper.

To make the toppers:

  • Start with a 12″ x 12″ sheet of black cardstock.
  • Cut it into 4″ strips and scored the strips down the center (at 2″).
  • Cut the strips into 2″ x 4″ sections with the score down the middle.
  • Fold the scored cardstock pieces over the top of the cello bag and attach with a staple.

TIP: Use a small craft hammer to flatten the staple so there are no sharp edges to poke through the embellishments or to cut little fingers.

TIP: To make this project is essential that you have a paper cutter and scoring board. If you only do light crafting this combo paper cutter/scorer is inexpensive and will do the job perfectly! (We R Memory Keepers Trim and Score)


Now it’s time to decorate. I cut 1 3/4″ squares of Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock in colors that coordinated with my pencils and attached them to the toppers (covering the staple). Then I punched out gold hearts and attached them to the toppers with dimensional dots.

To finish off the toppers you can add a cute sentiment to the back. Simply use your word processing program and set up a table 6 x 4 with 1.75″ cells. Type your sentiment in the cells, print and cut.

For these valentines, I think the sentiment “You have a HEART of gold!” is perfect! If you’d like, you can download the PDF file with this sentiment. It has 24 sentiment squares with a place for your child to write their name. Just cut  it into 1.75″ squares and attach to the back of your toppers.

Download:  Pencil Valentine Sentiment cut squares 1.75


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Happy Crafting!


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