Confession: I kind of hate paper valentines. I mean, they are sweet, and fun and all that. But I have two kids in preschool, guys, and the load of paper that comes home is kind of intense already. So this year I came up with a fun, simple to make valentine idea that is actually a toy. The Legos on this valentine detach for a totally fun gift idea that extends beyond Valentine’s Day.
All you will need for this project is some scrap wood, a bag of Lego bricks (generic work fine, too!), some baseplates, sticker paper, and some sticky back velcro. And best of all, this is a project your kids can make with you.
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How to make DIY Lego Valentines
Cut the baseplates. I searched online, and it appears that the accepted way of cutting Lego baseplates is to score them with an exacto knife, then snap them. That sounded awfully tedious to me, so of course I decided to use a power tool. Because why not, right?! The band saw is ideal because you can set the plate against the fence, and the blade has a thin kerf and won’t take away a lot of the baseplate in the cutting process.
I made my plates seven dots across by seven up and down. You can get four heart backers out of a 5×5″ baseplate.
Sand the baseplate. The plate will have some rough edges after cutting. I turned my orbital sander upside down and quickly filed them off, rounding the cut corners in the process. It was a really fast process.
Cut the wood pieces. I made mine 4 1/2″, and cut them using a Kreg stop block on my miter saw. You don’t have to be fancy with it, and you don’t have to be precise either.
Construct the hearts. For each heart you will need these pieces. If you run out you can always use smaller pieces to make the same design. We had to use a couple two dot and one dot piece combinations when we ran out of those three pieces on two of the hearts. That’s Lego tech speak right there, people.
I purchased one bag of generic Legos for this project. I was worried about how the generics would work, but they were well reviewed and saved a lot of money. We actually couldn’t tell the difference. They worked great!
I showed my kids the design, then sat back and watched them do it. My almost five year old got it instantly, and my almost four year old figured it out and got in the groove after one heart. They had a blast making them.
Print the stickers and attach.
Attach the hearts with velcro. Cut the velcro into squares and attach one side to the wood and one to the back of the baseplate.
That’s it! They fit perfectly in these cute little bags I picked up from Target (they were 8 for a $3!).
My kids are very excited about these Lego Valentines, and I’m pretty confident that their classmates will be, too. We ended up making 16 of them, and that left a good size bag of Legos leftover and 6 baseplates. I’m not sure how many more we could make from that bag, as we didn’t use some colors (black, gray, and brown). If you make more you may need a second bag. The total cost for this was $45 as I had some velcro and wood scraps already on hand. Most of the cost was, as you might guess, the $30 bag of Legos. But my kids love building anyway, so I wrote it off as adding to their collection. (And my son’s birthday is this month.)
We all had a lot of fun making these, and are excited to share them. I hope you love them, too! Happy Valentines, and happy building!