Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Classmates

How To Make Easy DIY Classroom Valentines With An Eco-Friendly Twist

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If you’re searching for adorable DIY Valentine’s Day classmate gift ideas that are low waste, you’ve come to the right place!

Every year, my child brings home a goodie bag full of cards, candy and disposable plastic trinkets that he collectively acquires from his classroom Valentine’s Day parties.

And while those items may bring him joy for a day, they eventually join the rest of his bedroom clutter, or get discarded into the trash bin hours later. Either way, most valentines that your child gets from their classmates is junk. And we are guilty of contributing as well.

But this year, join me in being more sustainable by forgoing the disposable Valentine’s Day trinkets, and opting for some functional home-made creations with an eco-friendly twist.

With that said, I’m sharing my top favorite DIY eco-friendly Valentines Day classroom gifts that you and your child can easily make, and hand out to their classmates on Valentine’s Day!

Low-Waste DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts For A Sustainable Classroom Exchange

Seed Paper

Plantable Heart Paper Valentine

By Kimberly |

For the ultimate sustainable Valentine’s Day card, consider adding plantable paper in the shape of a heart! In her blog post, Kimberly lists step by step instructions for creating heart-shaped seed paper that make fabulous party favors for your child’s classmates. So while plastic trinkets will be tossed out after Valentine’s Day, you and your child will be proud knowing that your eco-friendly Valentines will grow into something cool!

Friendship Bracelet Cards

Friendship Bracelet Cards

By Editorial Team |

Friendship bracelets are timeless and unisex, so they make fabulous Valentine’s Day gifts for the entire class—even the teacher. The House That Lars Built has a full tutorial for making these charming bracelets, as well as free printable cards to string them on.

Paper Fortune Cookie Valentines

Valentine’s Day Paper Fortune Cookies

By Jackie |

These paper fortune cookies are a unique and memorable alternative to traditional Valentine’s Day cards that your kids will have a blast making, and their classmates will love opening! In her blog post, Jackie states that you can use any type of paper, and make these as little or as big as you’d like.

Cutie Orange Valentien

Cutie Valentine’s Day Gifts

By Karis |

I really love the idea of giving out some cuties for Valentine’s Day—especially with a little leaf shaped message attached to it! In her blog post, Karis lists all of the necessary supplies that you’ll need, as well as a link for the free leaf printables! This is a truly cute and healthy Valentine’s Day treat, and orange peels can always be composted!

Valentines Day

Crayon Heart Valentines

By Heather |

Those broken crayons you’ve been finding all over the house can finally be put to good use! In her blog post, Heather teaches you how to take broken, discarded crayons, and turn them into elegant Valentine’s Day favors for your child’s classmates. I love how cute these upcycled crayons turn out when attached with some string to card stock.

Heart Shaped Bird Seed

DIY Heart BirdSeed Ornaments

By Michelle |

How adorable are these birdseed ornaments in the shape of a heart? These all-natural valentines are easy to make, they’re eco-friendly, and they present a learning opportunity for your child and their classmates regarding nature, and caring for animals. It’s a sweet Valentine’s Day gift for classmates that even teachers love!

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