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Free Printable Monkey Valentines

I can’t believe I am already working on Valentines! I am usually staying up late to hurry and finish all my kid’s Valentines the night before they need to take them to class. Sad, I know, but I work really well under pressure. That is why I put Valentines on my January blog calendar this year. Now I was committed to getting them on the blog so I actually got them done in January! I’m patting myself on the back right now. Luckily you don’t have to see it, so let’s get on to these adorable Free Printable Monkey Valentines.

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com
I prefer doing non-candy Valentines for my kids. We get plenty of candy, and usually never eat it. I still have a small bucket of candy left over from Halloween. I put it up high in the pantry and let the kids earn it, but honestly, we all tend to forget about it and I’d rather make caramel popcorn or cookies when we want a treat (speaking of popcorn, I have a special treat for you in February, 14 days of popcorn recipes, you don’t want to miss it!).

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

As I was enjoying my 2 hours of kid-free time I get each week when my daughter is in preschool and I don’t have other engagements, I spent about an hour of it wandering the Dollar Spot at Target. I just love that place! I ended up spending over $20 on just Dollar Spot items that trip. Luckily I found these adorable stretchy monkeys. They come 6 in a packet for $1. Big score! I knew my kids would love playing with the sticky, stretchy monkeys (and I was right). So I knew they would make the perfect Valentines.

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

To make these fun Valentines, I made up a free printable. I love any reason to practice my Illustrator skills (I designed two birthday invites for sisters this week too). I knew I wanted to put the stretch monkeys in a bag so they wouldn’t collect all the disgusting stuff in the bottom of the kids backpacks. Yuck! So I made the printable to fit into a standard treat bag. I bought these bags that were 5″ x 10″ but only needed then 7-8″ long so I quickly trimmed off the 2 extra inches off the top (keeping the seal at the bottom intact).

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

To attach the monkeys I was planning on tying them on with some butcher’s twine, but I discovered it was unnecessary. The monkeys were sticky enough to stay put on the Valentines all by themselves. Score for 1 less step.

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

Then I slid the Valentines into the bags. Be aware that the sticky little monkeys will try to stick to the bags. I tried to keep the bag off the monkey while I slid it in, then when the bag was in place, I let them stick together!

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

To seal up the bags, I folded the bag over the back and secured it with a strip of washi tape. I’ll take any excuse to use some washi tape.

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

I just love how they turned out and they were so easy to make!

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

I really hope all the kids love their stretchy monkeys. My kids have been playing with the extra ones a lot.

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

If you want to make your own stretchy monkey (or any little toy monkey for that matter) Valentines, download the free printable below!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PRINTABLE MONKEY VALENTINE

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

Yeah, now I can cross one more thing off my to do list. And after I get my son’s Valentines finished we will be weeks ahead of last year!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

 

 

I love non-candy Valentines for the kids. These free printable monkey Valentines use stretchy monkeys from the Dollar Spot. Super cute and easy! | Housefulofhandmade.com

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Jeanne Grunert

Friday 22nd of January 2016

These are adorable! What a clever idea. Your photos are beautiful, too. Visiting from #HomeMattersParty

Kati Farrer

Sunday 24th of January 2016

Thank you Jeanne! I'm so glad you stopped by :)

Celeste

Friday 22nd of January 2016

I love your Valentine's Day cards. This one and the pencil one are such a great alternative to all the candy! So cute and creative!

Kati Farrer

Sunday 24th of January 2016

Thank you Celeste! Non-candy valentines are great.

Emily

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

These are so cute! Pinned and tweeted! I like the non-food ideas, as well. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday this week :)

Kati Farrer

Thursday 21st of January 2016

Thank you for sharing Emily! I love non-candy valentines so much and my kids do too!

Barbara

Saturday 16th of January 2016

I like non-candy valentines also. Thanks for such a cute idea.

Kati Farrer

Saturday 16th of January 2016

Thank you Barbara! Non-candy Valentines are the best, we have been having fun making my son's today. Can't wait to share them too :)

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