Pretty Pencil Valentines - a Perfect Non-Candy Valentine Gift

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How to Make Pretty Pencil Valentines

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Make these super-easy pencil Valentines. Katherine Lee

These pretty pencil Valentines are a cinch to make and are the perfect thing if you're looking for non-candy Valentine gift ideas. All you need is some paper in pretty colors, a printer (If you don't have a printer, you can go to a local copy center and they can print it for you), a paper punch, and some pencils. In just a few steps, you can create a bunch of pencils to share with friends at school or at home. Of course sweet treats can be great for Valentine's Day, but you'll love making and sharing these pretty presents, too!

You can also put a bunch of these pencil Valentines in a cup and place them on a table at a kids' Valentine's Day party to add a festive touch. (They look a bit like a bunch of flowers, don't they?) And kids can use these pencils to draw their own Valentine's Day pictures or make other Valentine's Day crafts. So pretty!

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Start by gathering your supplies.

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Here is what you'll need to make pencil Valentines. Katherine Lee

To begin making your pencil Valentines, you'll need just a few things:

  • Pretty colored text paper (shades of pink and red or whatever color you prefer)
  • Printer (If you don't have a printer, create a file and take it to your local copy center.)
  • Scallop-shape paper punch (at least 1 1/2" in diameter)
  • Hole puncher
  • Pencils 

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Print out the Valentine message and punch out the circle.

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Punch out the Valentine's Day message. Katherine Lee

Print out your Valentine messages on the colored paper (It can be as simple as "Happy Valentine's Day" or something more personal). Try using a variety of fonts for a varied look but keep the font size relatively small so that your message fits in the scalloped circle.

(Hint: hold the punch upside down so that you can see exactly where the message is before you punch it out. Also, make sure the messages are spaced widely apart enough so that you have enough room to punch out a circle around each message. Punch out a circle so that you have more room at the top of the message than at the bottom, as shown.)

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Punch out a hole at the top of the circle.

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Punch out a hole at the top. Katherine Lee

Punch out a hole a the top of the scalloped circle (above the Valentine message) with your hole puncher. 

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Put a pencil through the hole.

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Put your pencil through the hole. Katherine Lee

Put a pencil through the hole you just made. Make a whole bunch in various shades of pink and put them in a cup (they'll almost look like a bunch of pretty flowers). This is such a fun and easy Valentine's craft for kids, and the best part is that there are no sugar and calories in these pretty non-candy Valentine gifts!

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