Scratch-iff Valentine's Day Lunch Box Jokes

Updated 2021 to new cards.

I’m excited to be sharing my first craft project of 2015! Christmas is over and soon it will be time for all things Valentine’s Day. To kick off my Valentine’s Day crafts, I’m sharing a Scratch-off Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Jokes Printable. Pack these Valentine’s Day jokes in a lunch box, hide them in their backpacks, or any other spot to give your kids a fun surprise.

Note: these are free! These are for personal use, so please do not sell these. 

Scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Jokes Template

Print out Scratch-off Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Jokes Template

To start this project, print out all three of the Scratch-off Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Jokes Templates. I tried to keep the majority of the cards white to help conserve printer ink.  

Scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Jokes Heart Template and Word Search

Print off Scratch-off Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Jokes Heart Templates, I Spy, Word Scramble, and Blank Coupons/Notes.

scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Jokes 3

Print off Scratch-off Valentine’s Day Tic-Tac-Toe and Answer Key.

 Happy early Valentine’s Day crafting! What will you be packing in your Valentine’ Day lunch?

Scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Jokes

How to Make Scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Joke Cards

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

How to make scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Joke cards and free printable games. Updated cards 2021.


  • Cardstock (white)
  • Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Jokes Printables (see links in instructions)
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Dish liquid


  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Paint palette or disposable dish for paint
  • Sponge brush or paint brush
  • Tape
  • Optional - something to protect/cover the work surface. I use paper.


  1. Scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Jokes Template Print out the Scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Jokes template AND the Scratch-off Valentine's Day Lunch Box Jokes Heart template. Optional - Scratch-off Valentine's Day Answer Key and Tic-Tac-Toe Game.
  2. red paint and dish liquid To make the scratch-off paint, mix together 1 tablespoon red paint with 1 1/2 teaspoons of dish liquid (I used Dawn) in the paint palette. 
  3. Cut out heart template Painting on the red scratch-off paint Cut out the heart templates along the dotted lines. Use it to measure out how much contact paper to cut out. Next, tape down the heart template to the work surface (paper). Then, tape the contact paper over the heart template with the non-adhesive side facing up. Paint on a thin layer of paint with the foam brush and let it dry. Paint on one to two more layers of paint, letting the paint dry between coats.
  4. Cut out the scratch-off hearts When the paint is dry, remove the contact paper and heart template from the work surface. Take the heart template and place on top of the painted contact paper. To help hold the pieces together, use tape along the edges to attach the template and contact paper. Then, use the heart template to cut hearts out of the contact paper, being careful to cut on the outer edge of the heart.
  5. Once all the hearts are cut out, peel off the backing of the contact paper and place over the lunch box note hearts. If you can still clearly see the answers, add a bit more paint onto the hearts. Let dry.
  6. Using a scissors or paper-cutter, cut out all the note cards. Once completed, you will have 10 scratch-off Valentine’s Day lunch box jokes*, 3 coupons(use for special treats or free chore days), 2 mini games, and 2 tic-tac-toe games.


Alternative – If you don’t want to paint, try using washi tape over the contact paper and using it as a peel away.

*Scratch-off Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Jokes can be scratched off with your nail or any flat hard surface.

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  1. Coming by from #theWeekendSocial on to let you know your Scratch-off Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Jokes are being featured this week at the party. Hope to see you there.

  2. I had absolutely no idea these were so easy! Erlene – I’m definitely going to do this for some older girls we know – so much fun!

    Thank you for linking up at the Thank Goodness it’s Thursday party! Pinned!

  3. Thank you for stopping in and linking up with us this week on #TheWeekendSocial. We love your ideas and hope to see you again this weekend on We have pinned, stumbled & shared your recipe across our Social Media, FB, G+ and Twitter.

  4. These are so cute! I can’t wit for my little guy to be older to do stuff like this for him, but these would even be a fun way to celebrate in the office! Thanks for sharing at A Little Bit of Everything link up!

  5. This is s great!! Omg, I love these! I am going to pin to refer back for when I make these for my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for linking up to Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. Our party is going LIVE tonight at 9pm CST. Hope you see you again!


  6. Hello cute lady! So stinkin cute. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and party with us. It wouldn’t be a party without you! I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

      1. Ha, Erlene, serves me right for multi-tasking! I was looking at your’s and Barb’s site at the same time and my brain didn’t put in the right name! So sorry. Many apologies! I dislike it when people call me the wrong name!

  7. I LOVE this!! I bought the kids a bunch of scratch off craft stuff from Oriental Trading company a while back and they thought it was SO cool. I didn’t know you could make scratch off paint like this – totally trying it 🙂 Also – thanks for linking up to the #pinit party or I would never have known about this!

  8. Super cute! I might have to adapt this for my toddler’s class valentines. They can’t read yet, but I bet they’d LOVE to scratch!

  9. This is an amazing idea. I was looking for a cheap worthwhile option to do with my son to bring to school #ibabloggers

  10. Thanks so much for the Scratch-off Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Jokes Printable! This is such a cute idea! I really love it! My kids are 6 and 9, I think they’d get a good laugh out of finding these in their school lunches! I’m going to have to give these a try! Thanks for sharing this with all of us! I really do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂