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Buying Candy Canes after the holidays can save you money at Valentine’s Day

In the early months of the year, empty bank accounts and tight budgets due to Christmas spending opens up the door on creative ways to save money while still celebrating a lovey-dovey holiday named Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a DIY Valentine’s Day favor, everyone will love.

For a quick look at this DIY, craft just watch the video:

You CANE save money on Valentine’s Day Favors

Easy and fun way to DIY Valentine’s Day Favors for pennies!

Posted by Listotic on Saturday, January 26, 2019

Distributing valentine favors to 23 or more classmates can add up quickly. It creates a challenge when you are trying to keep a New Year’s resolution budget. This is especially true if you have more than one young child in preschool or elementary school.

DIY your own candy cane valentine’s day favor and save money.

Luckily there are some super sales happening after the holidays.  Specifically, sales on Christmas candy canes. Even though the candy cane is a Christmas tradition through and through, diy crafters going back to the beginning of time have shown us that putting two candy canes together makes a perfect heart!

 By connecting two candy canes it creates the perfect valentine’s day candy cane heart.

The first step in this DIY (you’re going to love this!) … GO SHOPPING, hit the holiday sales aisles right after New Year’s Day to find some yummy bargain candy canes.  I found these extra-large gourmet jelly belly candy canes for just $0.12ea. There were also 12-packs of regular sized fruity candy canes for just $0.50 a box. While you are there, grab some 75% off  holiday ribbon too!

Sales after New Year’s Day can help you stay within your budget for Valentine’s Day.


  • Candy Canes – two per heart you plan to create. I like using a non-peppermint candy cane because the more fruity types of candy canes have so many fun colors to combine.
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Paper


Step 1 – Scope out the holiday sale aisles to find your candy canes – make sure you plan to shop right around New Year’s Day or the day after. Some department stores and grocery stores pack away the holiday sale items and ship them out to make room for new inventory. If you are money saving mom or dad skilled in frugal living, you probably already know this tip.

Step 2– Plug in your handy dandy hot glue gun. You will want to glue the end of the cane and the bottom of the curves together to make a heart. (Probably without the kids help on this step, but they could lay out the candy canes into the heart shapes for you.)

 Easy idea for using Candy Canes and hot glue to diy a Happy Valentine’s Day party favor.

Step 3 – Use this free printable template or create your own paper valentine message. Print, cut and hole punch your valentine favor cards.

Creative way to save money on Valentine’s day party favors with a free card printable - CANE you be my Valentine?

PDF Printable of Single Image: Candy_Cane_Printable_Valentine’s_Day_Gift_Tag_Single_Image_PDF

PDF Printable of 10 tags on one page: Printable_full_page_10_cards_download_template_PDF

Full page of 10 valentine’s day favor cards or treat tags

Step 4 – This would be a good time to have your kids fill in their classmates or friends names or write their valentines day message. It’s much harder to write on them after the tags are tied onto the candy cane hearts.   

Step 5 – Tie your note to the candy cane heart with ribbon.  

 Save money on Valentine’s Day favors for kids by shopping holiday sales.

Note: if you are sending these to school with your child, I highly recommend storing them in a box or plastic case as they are very breakable. Plus, you have no idea how much that backpack will get tossed around, swished and sat on during the commute to school.

Now you CANE enjoy this Valentine’s Day with a little extra in your bank account!

Budget friendly Ideas for kids to DIY candy cane Valentine hearts.

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