Free Printable Kids Valentines With American Revolution Toy Soldiers

Searching for that perfect allergen-friendly, candy-free cute DIY Valentine Card idea? I created these fun, gender neutral Valentines for my son to hand out to his classmates, featuring his most favorite toy ever, LITTLE PLASTIC SOLDIERS! For this year’s cards, we chose to use Revolutionary War plastic toy soldiers.

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My son is in 5th grade, so this might be his last time handing out the traditional classroom cards and having a class party! We’ve made other DIY cards, these & these, using small toys, for other elementary school years, because, well, I just like to do something a little different and liked finding slightly more boy-friendly cards for him to be excited to hand out to his school mates. And, for a cleverly fun teacher Valentine’s gift, I printed up my own wine label with heart tag to gift a teacher a bottle (#winning) a few years ago. You really can make some creative DIY gifts, using printables and basic supplies, quicker than you might think! I am all about simplistic, minimal effort, but charming DIY crafty goodness.

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My kid has been a big fan of little plastic army men toys since he was probably three years old! Such a simple, classic, enjoyable toy that has kept him busy for hours, many times! Previously, we’d done a different version of these cards using the green army men. The current Hamilton theater production hype and learning about the Revolutionary War is very exciting to my son and he even dressed up as a British soldier for his Halloween costume this past year. Of course we had to have a quick mom & son photo shoot to show off his costume last Fall. His class is going to participate in a Revolutionary War reenactment with other 5th graders in the area soon, so these cute Valentine Cards just seemed like an easy choice!

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We used this cardstock to print sturdier cards out on our home printer, these toy soliders (which my son already had) & washi tape from Target, that we had on hand at home, but you can easily purchase similar items at various places online or at a craft store near you. I created our cards printable using my favorite online editing site PicMonkey and then printed them out and cut them down to individual size.

Use our FREE PRINTABLE SOLDIER VALENTINES here! Then, the only thing you have left to do is to have your child personalize each card with their classmate’s names, salute them and wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day when they hand them out!

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Voila! You’ve got your very own homemade, unique Valentine’s Cards that work great for boys & girls and awesome for candy-free classrooms or nut-free schools! Everyone loves a little non-edible trinket thrown in the mix when kids are getting a few too many special sugary treats. And, if you prefer, you can easily include a candy treat alongside your DIY cards. Enjoy!

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Friday Finds

Who doesn't love a great camera strap?
Hobbyists, amateurs and professional photographers alike love to dress their camera up with a snazzy strap, and I'm no different.  It makes us and our camera happy!  I snagged my glorious Nena & Co. floral embroidered strap last year, and I get compliments on it all the time.  Peek at my previous strap instagram post here!  I'd love to add to my strap collection, so I started hunting around for some new favorites!  I also love to support handmade artisans & fair trade or ethically produced businesses and I think you will too after you see my list of straps in this week's Friday Finds post.
1. Here's a bright strap using upcycled & new materials handmade in Guatemala by local native artisans.
FAIR TRADE RED STRAP | Nena & Co.
2. Adoring this quality looking handmade leather strap with option to personalize!
LEATHER CAMERA STRAP | Old Country Leather Co
3. Why not try making your own strap?  Are you crafty or daring?  Check out these posts with some fab ideas on creating your own straps.
MAKE IT YOURSELF | Aparmenttherapy.com 
DIY CAMERA STRAP | A Beautiful Mess
4. Shop outside the box with these fun & affordable straps from a company that strives to create ways that help the local Thai economy by training natives to be self-sufficient in supporting their families. A faith-based and fair-trade operation.
TRIBAL CAMERA STRAP | Thai Village Handmade Crafts
5. The fabric prints on the straps from this handcraft shop are amazing!
EXOTIC CAMERA STRAP | theWatermelonDesign

Friday Finds

Camera Straps!