Holla for a Dolla! DIY Valentine’s Day Treats

Written by Emily

I may have mentioned before that I love The Dollar Tree so much that I want to marry it. Not only can I stock up on the pregnancy tests I take every two weeks because “oh no is that a symptom it might be a symptom what if I’m pregnant”, but I can also prepare for impending holidays on very little bank. Holla!

As you know from the reminders you’re dropping to your significant other, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. You can absolutely grab some perforated rectangular cards with lollipops attached, which is what my son wants to do because he hates me and wants me to look like a negligent parent, or you can prove you are committed to your child’s development with homemade Valentine’s Day treats like all the good parents on Pinterest are doing. While my son will be handing out sports cards, my daughter will assemble homemade ones with the goods we picked up at…wait for it…the Dollar Tree!

Because the Polar Vortex is apparently a real thing and several more snow days are inevitable, I’m daydreaming of sandy beaches. The Dollar Tree delivered on my theme, so Chloe and I are making tropical fish “bowl” treats for her friends.

Think of all the fabulous messages:

  • We get along swimmingly!
  • I’m glad you’re a fish in my school!
  • Let’s make a splash!

Here’s what we used to make the magic happen:


  • Fish-shaped snack crackers and pretzels
  • Cellophane treat bags
  • Themed stickers (The sticker options are endless at the Dollar Tree, so go crazy!)
  • Paper cut-outs (How about those fish die-cuts? Thirty for $1! Awesome!)
  • Metallic filler
  • hole punch
  • Ribbon


I purchased everything at the Dollar Tree except the Goldfish crackers and pretzels. Not bad.

We bagged the treats separately and then put them inside a cellophane bag with the sea decorations, so the snacks wouldn’t get all tangled in the metallic blue grass, but that’s not necessary. Think of it as fine-motor skill practice and toss those Goldfish in there if you’d prefer. We included some fish stickers inside, so Chloe’s friends can decorate their homes or car seats with stickers that are inexplicably difficult to remove.

This isn’t a craft Martha Stewart would embrace, but it’s kid-friendly. Chloe (and probably Sylvie) can do most of the work. Did I mention there are snow days coming?

It would be an added bonus for me if this Valentine satiates Chloe’s desire for real fish because we’ve been down that road, and it’s not going to happen again. My husband resorted to hand-feeding a sick goldfish that died anyway and was sent to its final resting place on a sea of my children’s tears. But that’s another post on another day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


While you’re at the Dollar Tree, you might want to snag this fab felt garland:

FeltGarlandOr you could make one with the felt they sell there for…you guessed it…one dollar.

What’s it going to be this year? Store bought or homemade? Either way, someone will cry because there are “just too many names to write, Mommy!” Love is in the air!

6 comments for “Holla for a Dolla! DIY Valentine’s Day Treats

  1. Cathy
    February 5, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Have fun! Love!

  2. Kathleen Gallo
    February 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Looks like a FUN project that I’m sure Chloe loved doing with you! Cute idea, especially on a snow day – or I should say ICE day!!

  3. February 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Love the dollar store! Love, love, love the Dollar Store! My son is too old for the Valentines, but we had fun shopping there for the Blessing Bags we just created! And there are a lot of “dollar store crafts” out there that now I must go re-pin!

    • February 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Blessing Bags? Did I miss this on your blog? I’m heading over to check it out now. It sounds like a fantastic idea!

    • February 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Just found it! I LOVE THIS IDEA, Kate! So inspired and special. What a thoughtful thing. These are on my to-do list 🙂 Thank you!

      • February 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

        I’m so glad! They really are so awesome, and a great way to spread some love in a very positive manner!

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