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February 5, 2016

DIY Dolly Mix Valentine's Day Card + Treat Bag in One

DIY Valentine Card and Goody Bag

In elementary school, I was the weird kid who brought homemade Valentine's Day cards to school while everyone else doled out Ninja Turtle emblazoned missives.  Frankly, I don't remember much about those years, but I do remember sitting at the kitchen table with my Mom, making those cards.  Hubby and I both have such strange work schedules that days of the week, and especially special occasions, often pass us in a blur, but this year I remembered about Valentine's Day and whipped up something cute for our niece and nephew:  homemade Valentine's Day cards + goody bags in one!

Candy Stuffed Valentine Card
Handmade Valentine Card

Adorable right?  These easy Valentine's Day card come stuffed with candy so I'm sure they will be a hit!  I don't think a tutorial is really necessary, but I'll outline the steps and supplies below just in case - you're at least going to want to know about the insanely cute, pint-sized Dolly Mix I used...


DIY Valentine Goody Bag

First I cut some paper to the same width as the bags with my paper cutter.  I folded it in half and then wrote a little message across the top with a gold pen (I also signed our names and "xoxo" on the back).  Then I added a row of hand-painted hearts and set the cards aside to dry.  It took quite a bit of practice on scrap paper to achieve the effortlessly perfect swoopy heart.

While I waited, I filled two treat bags with Dolly mix.  I went to the bulk store in search of heart shaped candies but stumbled across this British confection instead.  Apparently it's been around since the 1920s and I love that it (the Waterbridge brand, at least) uses completely natural flavors and colours. 

Dolly Mix

Look how teeny!

Dolly Mix Size

Sure, this treat packs a lot of sugar (and I feel guilty about that), but the pieces are small and made to scale for tiny little hands.  My hope is that they'll devour it more slowly!

DIY Candy Treat Bag
DIY Valentine Craft Ideas

Once the cards were dry, I slid a folded card over the top of each treat bag and stapled it near the bottom in two places.

Sweet Goody Bag

I threaded a length of ribbon through the card and then wrapped it front to back before tying it in a bow at the front - the ribbon hides the staples.

Valentine Cards Kids Can Make
DIY Valentine Card for Kids
Valentine Card and Goody Bag in One
Easy Valentine Craft Ideas

Easy peasy!  A cute homemade card and sack of sugar in one!  Now I need to make sure that:

A. I remember to actually bring these treats to the kiddos on Valentine's Day
B. I don't crack open each sack, inhale the Dolly Mix, and pretend that I forgot V-Day again this year

Valentine Craft with Kids
Handmade Valentine Card Idea
DIY Valentine Treat Bag


  1. These are so cute! And that candy is cute too! Does it taste good? I think growing up eating American candy has made "other" candy taste "weird." Although, I saw a buzzfeed video in which Europeans tried Hershey's chocolate and HATED it!

    1. Thanks! It's kind of like the non-licorice candies in licorice allsorts (which I love). It's very, very sweet. I can see Europeans hating Hershey's - it has a super high sugar content. I have a friend who got some as a gift and pitched it - not worth the calories, she said, lol.

  2. Love these! So cute. I'd never heard of dolly candies, either.
    I love that you practiced to get the effortless, perfect swoops hearts- that's the kind of thing I do.

    1. Effortless is never actually effortless, is it? Lol.

  3. They are so cute! Easy to make but with so much thought put in! I love the colours and the idea as a whole!

    1. Thanks so much! I hope the kiddos like them too :)


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