DIY Valentine’s Poppers

Today, we’re sharing how to create easy DIY Valentine’s Poppers in minutes!

Adapting Craft Projects From One Season to the Next 

You know those craft projects you wanted to try out over the holidays but just got too busy to start or finish them?  Well, we have a list of those kinds of craft projects too.

In fact, I was looking at the list of those projects the other day and realized while most of them were cut out from old Christmas magazines they could be easily adapted for other seasons.

One of the craft projects we never got around to making was holiday crackers or Christmas poppers.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to make them because we’ve had poppers as part of our Christmas Eve dinner for as long as I can remember.

While most of us probably don’t “go all out” for Valentine’s Day as far as decorating is concerned, we do like make an extra effort to create a special breakfast or a welcoming dinner for the people we love most.

These DIY Valentine’s Day poppers are an easy way to accomplish that task!

As with the activity tags and gift bags we shared in the Countdown to Valentine’s Day post, these poppers can be customized to fit various age groups and interests.

I made these for the littles, but you could just as easily make them for your mom, sisters or girlfriends by using gifts like bracelets, earrings, necklaces, mini sized beauty products, encouraging scriptures, quotes, compliments or service coupons. Honestly, anything small enough to fit in the popper tube would work!

Here’s a look at how you can create these DIY Valentine’s Day Poppers too…

DIY Valentine’s Popper Supplies:

  • Cardboard tubes (we used the cardboard insert from the paper towel roll)
  • Small gifts
  • Cracker Snaps (optional)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Confetti
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Scissors

DIY Valentine’s Popper Steps:

Gather together your supplies. Layer the small gifts on top of a piece of tissue paper.

Carefully stuff the contents into your cardboard tube.  Depending on the shape of your items you might have to practice a few times to make sure everything will fit properly.

Add confetti at the end of each Valentine popper.  You might also choose to add cracker snaps at this point too. Obviously, you’ll need to use caution and care if you choose to use cracker snaps.

Make sure they’re age appropriate and your Valentine popper recipients and any pets will be supervised.

We choose not to include them because one of the littles is not quite 4 and one of my sisters has two super cute but super mischievous dogs which makes cracker snaps not a good fit.

Cut a piece of wrapping paper wide enough to go around each cardboard tube yet also leaving extra room on the ends of the tube for the ribbons. Again, use caution and care as scissors will be sharp.

Secure the wrapping paper to the tube with tape.

Add ribbons of your choice to each end.

You can place these DIY Valentine Poppers at each place setting for a festive breakfast


an elegant brunch or dinner.

I think the most exciting thing about these DIY Valentine’s Popper is that they can be decorated, personalized and filled with things your besties and loved ones will enjoy!

They can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be.

As I shard above, these DIY Valentine’s Poppers are so easy to make you can use them for multiple occasions from St. Patrick’s Day (fill with gold coins, lucky messages, four leaf clovers, etc.) to Birthdays (fill with jewelry, monogrammed finds) to Halloween (fill with spider rings, faux cob webs, fake fingers, etc.).

Let us know if you guys decide to try these and what kinds of things you filled them with!

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. CoCo – I think you already know…these are so gorgeous that we would never pop ours open HAHAHA. Truly, just beautiful and so creative…just like you! Much love!

    1. You guys are so sweet, thank you! I kept thinking gosh how fabulous would it be to fit some jewelry in these little packages? They can be used for all kinds of fun gifts. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Love this idea!
    They look easy and that’s what I need.

    1. Thanks so much, Lizzy! You could totally do this. These are great for holding small gifts too. Hugs, CoCo

  3. I love the red ones Coco. I cant believe how easy they were to make. They really add a festive touch. Thanks for the idea

    1. Bonnie, they were crazy easy to make! You could definitely do this for your family and friends. It honestly doesn’t take very much time at all and they’re a cute way to wrap small gifts. Hugs, CoCo

  4. What an easy way to add fun to a family Valentine’s meal! Such a creative adaption and they look so pretty! This is also a great way to wrap a small gift! I’m pinning it now! Thanks and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, Donna

    1. They are great for wrapping small gifts, Donna! Plus it’s sort of like the Valentine’s Mailbox, it’s always fun to look for little things that are meaningful but fit the box or popper. We’re constantly on the hunt throughout the year because you honestly never know when you can transition a craft meant for one season into another. Hope your Valentine’s Week is filled with all good things. I can’t believe it’s here already! Hugs, CoCo

    1. So sweet of you to say, Jayne, thank you! We have them all the time at Christmas too. It was fun to find a way to celebrate with them for Valentine’s Day. Plus, it’s always fun to look for little gifts to go inside. Hope your Valentine’s Day weekend is a special one, CoCo

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