Top 10 Nature-Inspired, Candy-Free Valentines

Valentine's Day is my least favorite holiday. I get tired of all the candy (we still have some left over from Halloween that I need to throw away) and I hate all the waste associated with Valentines. So I gathered up a few ideas that reduce waste (you can plant the paper with the seed in the Forget-Me-Not valentines, etc.), inspire kids to get outdoors (lots of encouragement to garden here) or just give the kids something they will actually play with our use as opposed to eat and throw away. So whether you are into DIY valentines or just print and cut, there is something here for everyone.

  1. Forget-Me-Not Valentines from OutdoorsMom. Just make a "glue" out of flour and water and add seeds. Seeds can be planted attached to the paper. 
  2. DIY Recycled Seed Paper Heart Valentine from jamonkey. These require a little more work. I have made seed paper and it does take time and a little patients. 
  3. Nature-Inspired Valentines from Wilder Child. Very cute and easy. 
  4. Seed Packet Valentines from Arts & Crackers. I love valentines that encourage kids to get outdoors. 
  5. Rockin' Valentines from Rain or Shine Mamma. You could collect rocks from outdoors and have your kids paint them if you don't want to buy them. 
  6. Bee My Valentine from Polka Dot Chair. A huge pack of Bumblebee Erasers (aff. link) is very inexpensive from Amazon. I love gifts that are practical and it doesn't get more practical than erasers for school kids. 

  7. Love Bug Valentines from Nature For Kids. These Insect Finger Puppets (aff. link) would be so fun or you could go with a simple plastic Bugs (aff. link) as pictured below.

  8. Nature Valentines from The Nature Conservancy. These are buy far the easiest; just print, cut and sign. 
  9. Zoo Valentines from The Blue Ribbon Cottage. These Little Zoo Animals (aff. link) are perfect and inexpensive or you could do these Mini Zoo Animal Erasers (aff. link).

  10. Wood You Be Mine. I found this one on Pinterest and thought is was very cute. There isn't a blog post or website besides Flikr so you will have to create your own label but I did find these Wood Ballpoint Pens (aff. link). So fun.
Remember to be kind to Mother Earth and recycle all the paper valentines you can!

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