TUTORIAL: Heartbreaker Valentines

by Dana on July 6, 2008

Who said valentines were only red and pink? In bright colors, these Heart Breaker Valentines work great for boys and girls. So get out your scissors and stapler, because today, you’re tearing up my heart….. (cue N Sync)
Each valentine is stapled together to create a pouch full of secret candies. And the only way to find them, is to break my heart!
Skill Level: Any
Needed:
* colorful paper
* computer printer
* stapler/staples
* scissors
* candy
Start by printing this template from your computer.
Two options….
1) You can find the PDF file HERE. (To print correctly: click the link, when that page opens, click “print (1 page)” at the top left corner of the page – this will allow you to open the PDF file and then print @ 100% – full page)
2) Copy and paste the image below to a word document. You can enlarge it as much as you like. I fit this exact image on a horizontal 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
First, click on the image below to enlarge it first, then copy the image, then paste it to a horizontal Word document:

I chose to print on bright colored paper so the Heartbreakers work for both boys and girls. Cut out your hearts with scissors, trying to keep some of the black outline in there:
Another option: print to white paper and let the your kids color the hearts themselves:
Most of all, make sure your kids check out what you’re doing. If they’re old enough to cut or color, get them involved! If they’re only old enough to eat candy, give them a bowl!
Staple around the outside of each heart, leaving an opening at the top of the heart for inserting candy (or, use your sewing machine to sew around the edge…though it might be more difficult to sew it shut. Or you might even GLUE the hearts, but they will need to dry overnight):
Since my daughter is taking these to her preschool friends, we wrote each child’s name on the front and had her “write” her name on the back (with assistance, of course):
Then, stuff them with your favorite candy! Small candies work best. This is a great step for little,
or big hands to do:
Keep pushing the candy around in there so you can fit as much as possible. Everyone wants a jackpot candy explosion, right?! Then staple the opening shut with your stapler:
And there you go! Heart Break Hotel:
If staples aren’t your thing, tape around the edges to seal the heart shut or glue the edges together (let the glue dry completely before filling with candy).

And if you’re feeling very color-conscious, coordinate the candy with the hearts:
And make sure Dad entertains you for 5 minutes while trying to juggle m&ms (not bad, not bad).
Then gather up your hearts and you’re ready for the school party!
When it comes time for Breaking the heart…..
Just start tearing,
and you’ll find the prize:
Happy Valentines Day little Heart Breaker!
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Looking for a great way to transport all those valentines? Grab your hobo sack!
Fill it up with HeartBreaker Valentines, Hand then out, Fill it back up with new goods,
And sort through the loot.
You’ll find the hobo sack Tutorial HERE:And the 90 Minute Shirt Tutorial HERE:

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1 Victoria January 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

This idea is so sweet! Kids would love to help make them and also to tear them!! Thanks! I also shared this on my blog: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2012/01/free-printable-friday-valentine-ideas.html

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2 Carmen January 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hi Dana,
I just came across your site and love this idea! I would really like to include this with my annual valentines post of various crafts across blogland. This would feature a photo and a link back to your blog. Would that be okay?

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3 pat January 20, 2012 at 12:17 am

Thank you Dana :)

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4 CG January 25, 2012 at 6:56 am

Oh my gosh, thank you so much! How groovy!

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5 Jen February 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

These are sooooo cute! Do you think it work well with glue instead of staples? I might have to try it.

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6 Kari February 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

So cute and creative!! Totally doing this for V-day this year!

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7 CeeJayRose - Little Bits of Everything February 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Hey I just wanted to let you know that I linked to your post on a Valentine’s Day post for my blog.

http://ceejayrose.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-day-oh-ideas.html

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8 Las Flores del Sur February 6, 2012 at 6:05 am

This is a fabulous idea! Thank you!!

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9 Alissa February 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

We placed Sweethearts strawberry scented erasers in our hearts instead of candy. Better on the teeth and still a fun treat for the kids to tear in to!

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10 Sarah February 13, 2012 at 2:50 am

I’ve had this bookmarked since I found it in December on stumbleupon. Made all my “heartbreaker” valentines today! Can’t wait to give them out to all my besties! I’m 21 but this was too cute to pass up doing. Hehe

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11 Cynthia February 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Thanks so much for this post! You made me the cool mom!

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12 Little Bats Of Craft January 24, 2013 at 1:03 am

I love these! I think I am going to make them tomorrow. Would you mind if I linked an article about these back to you? Thanks for the great ideas!

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13 Rachel January 30, 2013 at 10:26 am

OMG! This is the cutest! Both my 7 yr old and my 11 yr old are doing this. This is my 11yr olds last year passing out valentines at school and she wanted to do something special. My 7 yr old is using skittles and my 11 yr old is using m&ms. Your the best! I’ll be going to this website more often

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14 Bailee February 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Dana,

I LOVE this idea!! Just as a side note, don’t you think it would be fun to sew around the edges instead of stapling? I don’t know if it will work after I put the candy in, but I am going to try it this year. We have been making a TON of your sew down the middle books too. It is a fun way to teach my little girl to sew!

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15 Bob February 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Is this just for littler kids?

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16 Preeti February 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

Hi!

This is such a great idea. Both my 3&1/2 and 7 year old made these this year and they came out looking great! I printed the templates on plain paper and got them to color it in so they felt more involved:)

Thanks for the fab idea!

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17 Mary Paulin May 2, 2013 at 8:14 am

Cute idea BUT there is a SERIOUS risk of injury from swallowing stray staples or choking from catching food in the mouth. Not safe for anyone, let alone little kids. And I question the obvious product promotion.

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18 Krystal March 12, 2014 at 12:35 am

I like the idea despite the staples just wish I had of seen it before Valentine’s Day. Will be saving it for next year.

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