Make A School of Fish For Valentine’s Day

DIY School of Fish Valentines - perfect for kids to hand out to their class!

Looking for the perfect valentines for your kids to pass out at school? These printable fish valentines are super easy to make and tons of fun. Simply print + cut the template, apply the decorative pattern of your choice, write a message inside, and fill with candy.  Just be sure to make enough so there are plenty of fish in the sea!

DIY School of Fish Valentines

We used our new line of peel & stick stencils to apply the fish scale patterns. They are remarkably easy to use, making it a snap to decorate a stack of valentines in no time flat. The stencils are available now at Michaels Stores—grab a pack and whip up a school for yourself!

DIY School of Fish Valentines

What You’ll Need

  • Printable fish valentine template (download here)
  • Card stock in the colors of your choice
  • Stencils (we used our new FolkArt Handmade Charlotte Peel & Stick Stencils, available now at Michaels Stores)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush (or stencil dauber)
  • Candy of your choice to fill the fish
  • Scissors
DIY School of Fish Valentines


  1. Print + cut the fish valentine template.
  2. Apply the fish scale pattern using the paint and stencil of your choice.
  3. Once the paint dries, fold the fish in half.
  4. Add your personal message inside the fish.
  5. Place your Valentine’s Day prize inside and seal using double-sided tape on the head, tail, and each of the tabs.
  6. That’s all there is to it!
DIY School of Fish Valentines

Happy crafting & lots of love for Valentine’s Day!

  • Clarissa Hooper

    These are so creative- and adorable!

  • Gina

    I love the graphics and proportions of these! The timing is great — we’re already set for Valentine’s but, I will file away for the “premier avril” — In France, on April Fools Day you “put a fish on someone’s back.” Have you ever hear about this before?! (or find it interesting… like I do! :-) — although in Sweden, our kids are at a French school so we get so many amazing impressions — one of them is that “I’ve gotten “fishy” with the kids every year since they’ve attended French pre=-school and I learned about this! These days, kids make paper fish and tape them to people’s backs and these, lovely, fish would be a wonderful addition — to the day —- and to our backs! Happy February!

  • Rachel Faucett

    Hi Gina,

    Thanks for the kind comments. Ohhh how fun! French Pre-school sounds ahhhmazing!

    Happy V- Day!


  • Rachel Faucett

    Hi Clarissa,

    Thanks so much! The peel + stick stencils are super easy to use and in Michaels Stores right now!

    Thanks for popping in!


  • Gina

    Just hearing back from you makes my day and this project has me thinking ahead to the “Fishy” April Fools Day celebrations, this year. Won’t the kids be surprised when I “get” them! (stylishly, thanks to your inspiration!)

  • Michelle McInerney

    I love the folk art patterns, they really make the fish ‘pop’ xx

  • southerninstitute

    I can’t tell you how perfect this is for my fish-loving 7 year old! He’s going to love these! Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa Q

    Ooh, i love an unconventional Valentine! These are so perfectly adorable.

  • Sherry Coons

    My kids love these. I guess I better get started if we are making 52.

  • t.potts

    Fantastic fish!

  • t.potts

    Luckily, I only have to make 20 or so. ;)