These “You’re a Cutie” Valentine Treat Bags are a unique and adorable non-candy treat for Valentine’s Day. These Valentines will definitely stand out from the pack of identical cards and treats that everyone in the class picked up at Walmart or Target.
Don’t get me wrong. I love both Walmart and Target and shop at both frequently. In fact, you’ll find everything you need for these valentine treats at either one of the stores (as long as the store has a grocery section). But these treats won’t blend in with the others even though they don’t take any extra time or money to prepare!
What Are Cuties?
Cuties are a brand of mandarin oranges. Depending on the time of year they are harvested, they are one of two varieties of mandarins — Clementine (November – January) or W. Murcott (February – April).
So if you’ve ever wondered what the difference between cuties and clementines is, the answer is that cuties are sometimes clementines (but not always).
They are sweet, seedless, and easy to peel. These features make them a popular lunch box side!
What if I Can’t Find Cuties?
The average person doesn’t know enough about Cuties to distinguish them from other mandarin varieties so you can definitely swap in a similar mandarin.
Depending on where you live and what brands your store carries, you may not be able to find “Cuties.” Some stores carry the Halos brand. Outside of winter, you may find Dimples (another brand that uses mandarins that are harvested later).
Tangerines of any brand also make great substitutions since they are from the mandarin species as well. You can also use mandarins labeled “Golden Nugget” or “Tango.”
Any of these mandarins will be small, easy to peel, and deliciously sweet so don’t fret if you can’t find the exact brand. They’ll work just fine in these Cutie Valentine treat bags!
Other than the cuties, you probably have everything you need at home already. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A color printer (these just aren’t as cute in black and white)
- White card stock (regular printing paper isn’t going to survive the trip to school in the backpack)
- Cuties (or other small, sweet oranges)
- Clear plastic treat bags (you can also use regular sandwich or snack bags)
- Scissors (if you have a paper cutter you can use it for the cards, but you’ll still need scissors to curl the ribbon)
- Orange curling ribbon (to attach the cards to the bag)
- Hole punch (to make the whole in the card the ribbon will go through)
- Cutie valentine printable PDF (I share mine farther down)
How to Make These “You’re a Cutie” Valentine Treat Bags
You’ve probably deduced all the steps simply by looking at the picture but just in case there’s a step that isn’t obvious, I’m going to go ahead and break it down.
I know it looks like a lot of steps — but that’s only because I tried to be thorough (I blame my kids for forcing me to think this way).
Step 1: Place one or two cuties (depending on how generous you’re feeling) in each bag.
Step 2: Load some card stock into your printer’s paper tray.
Step 3: Open the cutie valentine printable file (in the next section) and click on the print icon.
Step 4: Enter the number of copies you want to print (there are 10 cards on each page).
Step 5: Grab the copies off the printer and remember to take out the extra card stock from the paper tray (a mistake I’ve made more than once).
Step 6: Grab the scissors or paper cutter and cut out the cards. If you aren’t OCD, go ahead and give your child a pair of scissors to help this step go faster.
Step 7: Punch a hole in the upper left corner of each card. This is a fun task for kids (again if you can be okay with the holes being a little too close to the edge or too close to the print).
Step 8: Cut 12-inch strands of curling ribbon. String each ribbon through the hole in each card and tie around top of each treat bag.
Step 9: Run the edge of the scissors along the ribbed side of the curling ribbon to curl it.
Step 10: Have your child write his or her name on the “From” line.
Step 11: Load all the Valentine’s into a shopping bag and send them off to school with your child on Valentine’s Day.
Cutie Valentine Printable
As promised, here’s a free copy of my cutie valentine printable card. There are 10 cards on one page so you’ll only need to print a couple of pages to make enough cards for the whole class.
Click this link or the image below to print: Cutie Valentine PDF
If you loved this free valentine printable check out my other free printable valentines:
- Farm Animal Valentine Finger Puppets
- Food Pun Printable Valentines
- Punny Valentines
- Sunglasses Valentine Printable
Don’t forget to pin this so you can find it when you’re ready to make your Valentines!