DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids
January 17, 2018 Molly Shapiro

Our Collage tool is perfect for mass producing DIY Valentine’s Day cards for kids that can be handed out to the entire class. Here’s how to whip up a batch of your own:

  1. Create a blank canvas.
  2. Add an overlay and text.
  3. Save your creation to Hub or export it to your computer.
  4. Go to Collage and choose a layout.
  5. Add your saved image.
  6. Print, cut, and hand them out!

Sound too easy to be true? With PicMonkey, it really is that simple! Here’s a more detailed tutorial on how to help your kids create homemade valentines that will send them to the head of the class.

1. Create a blank canvas

Make your own DIY Valentine's day cards for kids with PicMonkey's collage tool.

Hover your mouse over Design on the PicMonkey homepage and select Blank canvas. Choose a size and color for your valentine.

Tip: You can also use our customizable Valentine’s Day templates if you don’t wanna start from a blank canvas! Make them any size you like with our Resize tool in the Basic Edits tab.

2. Add an overlay and text to your valentine design

Add overlays in PicMonkey to make original DIY Valentine's day cards for kids.

Go to the Overlays tab where you’ll find some adorable kid-friendly images. We used some cuties from Whimsy. You’ll also find plenty of valentine-y graphics in our Sweethearts theme (in the Themes tab).

Add text to your designs and make DIY Valentine's day cards for kids with PicMonkey.

Then click the Text tab, choose a font, click Add text, and position the box where you want your text to appear. Now type away! You can create a different text box for your “To” and “From” lines, and make sure it’s all perfectly positioned with our alignment tools.

3. Save your creation

Save your DIY Valentine's day cards for kids to PicMonkey's Hub.

Click Save (formerly Add to Hub) to stash your creation in Hub, our integrated cloud storage feature. Give it a title. And now that you know how easy-peasy the card creation process is, make a few more (if you wanna).

4. Go to Collage and choose a layout

Make DIY Valentine's day cards for kids with PicMonkey's collage tool.

Go back to the homepage and click Collage. Click the Layouts tab and choose Square Deal. We’re going to work with the 4 x 4 option. Now change the dimensions of your layout to fit the 8 x 10 inch paper you’ll be printing on. In the bottom toolbar, click the lock icon to snap it open. Change the collage’s dimensions to 2400 x 3000 pixels (see our pixel to inches conversions chart, if you have a different print size in mind). Click the lock icon again to set your new dimensions. For a step-by-step look at how to use our collage tool, see our tutorial.

5. Add your saved valentine designs

Add images to your PicMonkey collage and make DIY Valentine's day cards for kids.

Click the little caret next to the Add images button and choose the place where you stored your images. Select the image or images you’ve created.

Drag your images into your collage to make a whole sheet of DIY Valentine's day cards for kids.

Now drag the images into the cells.

Add your DIY Valentine's day cards for kids designs to your PicMonkey collage to make a whole sheet of classroom cards.

You’ll notice that your images now look rectangular; it’ll change to squares when we add another row. To do that, just select an image from the image tray and drag it to the edge of an existing cell until you see a thin gray bar appear. Drop it in and voila, a new row is added and your images are square. Do that for all rows, unless of course you’d prefer rectangular cards.

6. Export, print, and cut

Save your DIY Valentine's day cards for kids, then print and cut them out.

Once everything is up to snuff, click Export (formerly Save) in the top toolbar. You’ve got a beauteous sheet of DIY Valentine’s Day cards! Print, cut up, personalize, and delight every kiddo in the classroom.

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Molly Shapiro
In addition to her work on the PicMonkey blog, Molly writes about topics as varied as politics, finance, global health, and online dating. As a fiction writer, she’s published two books, both available on Amazon through totally non-sketchy retailers. A midwestern transplant who now calls Seattle home, Molly firmly believes that the Space Needle is way cooler than the Eiffel Tower.