Naturally Sweet DIY Valentine

January 31st, 2011


*UPDATE: The Fruit Stickers are now available for purchase through my Etsy Shop

Happy Monday everyone! For some reason Valentine’s Day really has a hold on me this year. I’ve always felt that you don’t need a fancy card or expensive gift to let someone know you love them. For me, it’s the little gestures that I always remember the most. In that spirit I present to you Valentines Day Fruit stickers!

Just Download the PDF, (for a limited time only) print onto sticker paper, cut out with a 1″ craft punch, and apply to your special someone’s favorite fruit. They’re sure to smile when they see what’s snuck into their school or work bag! I made stickers for apples, pears, oranges, bananas, passion fruit, blue berries and a general one for everything else! Enjoy, xoxo


CONDITIONS OF USE: All Twig & Thistle downloads are subject to our Terms & Conditions. Downloads are for personal, non-commercial use only. In addition please do not redistribute or modify any of the templates. If you’d like to link to the pdf, please link to this post directly. Thanks!



188 Responses to “Naturally Sweet DIY Valentine”

  1. krista l. Says:

    this is SUCH an adorably clever idea!

  2. KJ@letsgoflyakite Says:

    These are adorable, perfect for the kids’ lunches and what I like about them most – no candy involved. Thank you for sharing these!

  3. Kaitlin Says:

    What an awesome idea! This is just too cute. I love it!

  4. Tara Hannon Says:

    so clever, I love this idea so much I could eat it… thanks for sharing

  5. Sarah @ Belletristics Says:

    These are so cute! love it!

  6. Shannon Says:

    LOVE this!! How clever of you. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Nadia Says:

    I absolutely LOVE this!!!! I am hosting a ‘Apple of my Eye’ and this is just a perfect finishing touch!!!

  8. Vivien @ The Eclectic Life Says:

    KATHLEEN! This is amazing. I mean seriously, it doesn’t get much cuter than sweet message on fruit and a polka dot pink background. Great job! The photos are incredible.

  9. Penny Candy Studios Says:

    Such a wonderful idea. Understated, but absolutely adorable. :)

  10. Brancoprata Says:

    This is genius!!! Absolutely genius!! I love this!!!

  11. Patty Says:

    What a lovely idea! I saved this so I can adorn my daughter’s fruit when she goes to school next year. It just reminds me of the little notes my mom used to leave me in my Muppet Babies lunch box! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Erin Says:

    Kathleen- I’v heard so much about you from a dear friend that met you at Alt, Vivien! Anyways, love love love your blog. And today’s post is so timely as my husband and I are starting The Cave Man diet, nothing processed, no sugars. I’ve been wondering what to do in place of his favorite desserts for V-day. Now I know! Thanks for the great idea, I’m sharing it with my friends that are doing the Cave Man diet with us!

  13. Mandi Says:

    Oh my you are a genius. These are just perfect!

  14. lyndsey @ the stationery place Says:

    what a great idea! love that this is a non-sugar way to spread the valentines love :)

  15. Alicia Says:

    where do you come up with this stuff? i love it, Kathleen! xo

  16. Rebecca@RootsAndWingsCo Says:

    Holey amazing! I was looking for something just like this! Thanks for sharing, I will be using them!!

  17. meaghan (the decorated cookie) Says:

    Oh, these are just too beautiful and perfect! Wonderful printable. (I posted a link to your post on my other site,

  18. Ilona Says:

    *Love* these! This is such a great idea! This is quite perfect to adorn all the yummy fresh fruit we will be having on our trip to Hawaii over Valentines Day!

  19. Susannah Says:

    absolutely adorable…i just love these :)

  20. Angie Burke Says:

    SO sweet. Love them. :)

  21. Kelly J. R. Says:

    These are so cute! I’ll be sneaking them into my husband’s lunchbox for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Laurie Says:

    super cute…thanks so much for the download.

  23. teresa Says:

    You are just insanely talented and creative, aren’t you? I continue to be amazed at all the clever little ideas you continually come up with. Super cute stickers!!!

  24. ingrid Says:

    have followed your blog for what seems forever and have never left a comment. just a silent lurker who adores all your work&ideas! this one is just too great to not comment. super creative!

  25. Brooke Reynolds Says:

    Brilliant. Kicking myself for not thinking of this myself! And so nice of you to share with the rest of us!

  26. Elizabeth Says:

    How lovely! I linked to you too!

  27. Tish Says:

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Rachael H. Says:

    These are amazing, and fall within the parameters of our no-present Valentine’s Day this year! Thanks so much for sharing them!

  29. Danyelle Says:

    These are the cutest things I’ve seen in a LONG time! You are so clever, Miss Kathleen! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

  30. Danyelle Says:

    p.s. your photos are amazing! That first shot looks like it should be on the cover of a magazine.

  31. Lisa Says:

    how sweet! ;)

  32. Kathy Says:

    Thanks for sharing. They are so cute!

  33. marsha Says:

    I love these!!!! Perfect no-candy treat for children AND adults! But I keep getting an error when I try to download these, though… “bad encrypt dictionary” but I have no idea what that means! Will have to ask my hubby….

  34. Amanda Says:

    Great for us girls that are trying to stay “healthy” especially with all of these tempting treats popping up!

    I featured these printables today on my blog!


  35. Laura *You Stir Me* Says:

    these are so perfect! Printing them out on the sticker paper I have left over from our wedding invite labels as we speak!

  36. Berta Says:

    These are great!!! Thankyou so much, I will have fun with these!

  37. MrsBaker Says:

    Too cute! Love this blog :)

  38. Tammip Says:

    OMG… This is the bestest idea EVER!

    Sorry.. just had a cookie. But this idea is full of win!

  39. Melissa M Says:

    Soooo cute!!! I love it. Where did you find the berry baskets???

  40. annawithlove Says:

    this is adorable and brilliant!! LOVE IT!

  41. Michelle Says:

    Thanks for sharing this. THey’re adorable!

  42. Amelia Says:

    Cute idea! Nice to have an alternative to the standard…very clever of you.

  43. Pam S Says:

    This is just TOO CUTE!!!! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us. :)

  44. Sarah K Says:

    These are so adorable! Such a cute design!

    I think stopping by the craft store to get a 1″ round punch has just made it onto my to do list. I’m also liking the thought of sticking this onto fruit on random days – not just Valentine’s day.

  45. Cathy/ShowFoodChef Says:

    I couldn’t share this in any more places; FB, twitter, FB page… What a lovely, healthy, and brilliant idea.

  46. Erica OBrien Says:

    Have to say, those are adorable. Where do you come up with this stuff?

  47. Allison Says:

    Ahhh! This is genius and so so cute! Bookmarking it now for my future kiddos! :D

  48. michelle Says:

    Such an adorable idea and healthy alternative. I love it! Thanks for.sharing!

  49. claire Says:

    darling! love it! thanks so much!

  50. Sarah Says:

    This is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  51. tracy_a Says:

    Wow! so creative! Thanks for sharing!

  52. Trashmaster46 Says:

    These are awesome – thanks for sharing them!

  53. Karena Says:

    How fun, I love this!! Very creative!!

  54. Jill Says:

    What a fun idea! Thank you so much for the printables and the inspiration.

  55. Beth Says:

    Just the CUTEST idea! But when I tried to download them, I got nothing. Is it because I’m using a MAC and don’t have Microsoft? Anyone know how I can make it work? Just wondering. Terrific idea, though!

  56. zill.y Says:

    These are just perfect for the party we are planning at my daughter’s school. Thank you much for sharing!

    Best, zill.y

  57. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Beth,

    I’m on a MAC too and it appears to be downloading just fine. Try right clicking on the link and saving the file directly to your computer. If that still doesn’t work let me know and I can email that to you directly. Have fun!!!


  58. Serena @ Pretty Fluffy Says:

    So CUTE and HEALTHY too!!
    Fabulous idea and so easy – thanks so much :)

  59. the ravenna girls Says:

    I am always a fan of the subtle understated Valentine since the holiday can sort of slam you in the face in most stores. My Valentine is 3000 miles away so I might use these for apple and banana chips!

  60. tricia Says:

    These are wonderful! Thanks for giving me an alternative to giving chocolate or candy.

  61. Lucy Says:

    I love these! I can’t get the download to open for me either. Am I doing something wrong?

  62. Megan Says:

    I love these! Such a cute idea – although can’t seem to open the pdf – is it because I’m in England? Might include on a blog post later today if that’s ok?
    Megan xo

  63. Janel Says:

    These are awesome! THanks for the freebie!

  64. Ash Says:

    Hehe, these are just too adorable!!
    Love them!!

  65. JudeB Says:

    These are GREAT! Thanks SO much.


  66. nina / ash & anchor Says:

    Such a lovely and oh so sweet idea! Thanks for sharing– cant wait to adorn the contents of our fruit basket! Thank you :)

  67. Misty Says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I am a first grade teacher and will be doing this instead of giving more candy out!! You are too clever!!

  68. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Megan and Lucy!

    My apologies for the downloading troubles! I’ve added another place to download from in the post – click on the text that reads “download the PDF” and it should automatically download to your computer. If that still doesn’t work, email me directly at kathleen[at] and I can send you the file.

    Apologies again and thanks for letting me know.

  69. lady lyles Says:

    this styling is fantastic! the color in the background is my new favorite right now.

  70. Karla Says:

    These are adorable. I have a son who goes to a school where many of the kids are on special diets, so I worry about candy/food coloring. These are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Thank you!

  71. Denise Says:

    What a great idea! I am using it – thanks!

  72. Andrea B Says:

    I found this link via Design*Sponge … what a fantastic idea! If I had sticker paper, I’d print it out right now. I think even my guy would appreciate that. I know he loves his bananas. What a sweet little surprise to leave for his lunch …

  73. Adrienne Says:

    What a creative and sweet idea – thanks for sharing!!

  74. Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan Says:

    Oh, so adorable! Thank you! I downloaded the PDF and blogged about them today… they’re the perfect finish to my post about Valentine’s Day gifts. Thanks so much for sharing.

  75. Sylvia Quandt Says:

    so cute! Great idea!

  76. cari Says:

    amazing! thanks for sharing with us. love this.

  77. Cara Says:

    these are darling! Seriously…and perfect since v-day is so sugar loaded. Thanks for the idea. ♥ your blog.

  78. Candace Says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Had to blog about it…Thank you!

  79. Caitlin Says:

    These are adorable! What fonts did you use?

  80. Not Just A Mommy! Says:

    OK, I found the boy’s Valentines! He’s a 4th grader and most are so not cool! Fabulous thanks!

  81. kate Says:

    uh oh! it says the file is corrupt? help! I’d love to download these.

  82. Shelley Says:

    These are fabulous!! Thanks for sharing. :) Shelley {}

  83. melanie Says:

    thanks! so simple and so fabulous at the same time!

  84. Jenny @ Embellishing Life Says:

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing the printable!!! Where do you find sticker paper? I assume somewhere like Office Max?

  85. Ami Says:

    LOVE Them!! But I can’t get it to download, it says corrupt! :(( thanks alot tho for sharing

  86. Lorelei Barkley Says:

    Love them! So cute. Thanks for sharing!!

  87. katrina lauren Says:

    i so love this…like bad. the photos are amazing….love the pink background!

  88. Haydee Says:

    Brilliant! So clever and cute!

  89. Rachel Says:

    Love love love this! I’m linking it on my blog today. Thanks so much!

  90. April-Living the Sweet Life Says:

    Absolutely love this idea. It’s perfect for our Valentine’s Day breakfast.

  91. Jordan - Polkadot Prints Says:

    One word. AWESOME! x

  92. Lori-Ann Says:

    Thank you! These are perfect.

  93. louise Says:

    These are adorable. And not just for Valentine’s Day. It would be nice to find this on every piece of fruit I pick up! Thanks for sharing!

  94. Wendy Says:

    I love this! What font did you use? Would it be all right if I change the purple one to say “You’re plum sweet!”?

  95. Sherry G Says:

    Clever and oh so cute! Thanks for sharing your talent.

  96. Melissa Says:

    OMG thank you so much for sharing these very cute and ingenious stickers…!!

    love them.

    Melissa from WA

  97. Beth @ the Modern Home Says:

    These are so sweet! Thank you!

  98. Kirsten Says:

    Super idea -this is just the right amount of valentine that i can take, very subtle ;-)
    Best, kirsten

  99. Shirley from Coquese Says:

    These are so adorable!!! Thanks for sharing!

  100. Laila (Harmoni og Kontrast) Says:

    Love these, both the stickers and the photos! Hope you don’t mind me posting them at my blog!

  101. Stefanie Says:

    Just love these…but they will not download for me either.
    I’m on a mac and I have tried everything :)

  102. Truly Smitten Says:

    GAH!!! SOOOOO freagin’ CUTE!

  103. Ilsa Says:

    Those are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing :)


  104. Charla Anne Says:

    How ADORABLE!!!

  105. Jo Says:

    Wow! Today is my lucky day! What a gem of a find this is! Thanks so much for sharing! They are absolutely adorable and genius!!!

  106. ela Says:

    Kathleen, this is so great, and I have to thank you for sharing.
    thank you!

  107. alexa Says:

    Wonderfully inventive and superbly generous – thank-you!

  108. Roberta Says:

    love them

  109. Megan Says:

    This is so smart and thoughtful – giving friends and family fruit instead of chocolates and sweets! I love it (ha).

    I’m going to blog about this…to the internet!* *woooosh*

  110. Sheila R Says:

    this is just about the most genius idea ever! and very healthy!!

  111. Carolyne Taylor Says:

    These are just about the cutest thing EVER!!! xx

  112. teresa Says:

    I think these are cute. I tried downloading the file and itwillnotopen. I tried saving and then opening again, no luck. Is there anyway you can send it to me, or give me a hint on why it download? I have windows 7 on my computer.
    Again they are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  113. Christina Says:

    I love these for all the same reasons everyone has already mentioned! These would be great for a class party too. I hope you won’t mind if I post these on my blog with a link back to you. Adorable!

  114. Donna Says:

    I love this but after downloading and unzipping the file, it won’t open.. :(

  115. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Caitlin,
    Thanks and so glad you like them! The fonts I used are Archer and Brauer.

  116. Kathleen Says:

    HI friends!
    I sincerely apologize for the trouble that some of you are having downloading the file. I am frantically trying to resolve the issue but for some reason I think it is some web browsers that may be blocking downloads and/or corrupting the file. If you are unable to download it or save it to your desktop by right clicking than please email me directly at kathleen[at} and I will send it to you.

    I appreciate everyone’s patience and kind words! Happy crafting and early Valentine’s Day!

  117. Tara C. Says:

    love it!

  118. Ida Says:

    Thanks! Cute.

  119. Lauren Says:

    i found one of these cuties on my orange yesterday in the office! thanks for the warm fuzzies!

  120. Christina Says:

    oh i LOVE this.


  121. Terri Says:

    OMG! I love it. I need something simple to give Chris. I need to do more, I know… but this is such a nice start.
    hope you guys are well. miss you both!

  122. Brittany Says:

    Hey, I really love this idea!! I’m featuring it on my blog this week!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the download. Love it!

  123. Tania Says:

    so sweet – thanks!

  124. Queen Says:

    I love that!!! Thank you for the idea and for sharing!! I’ll link this too!! :)

  125. Andrea Says:

    I shared this on my Facebook page. Would love to do this, but my daughter … well, let’s just say she would NOT love to do this.

  126. claire Says:

    This is GENIUS!

  127. sarah@boxwoodclippings Says:

    I had to blog about these, they’re just too sweet!

  128. Sarah W. Says:

    i know you’ve received all kinds of internet love for this incredible idea, but i just had to throw in my two cents as well! i featured your stickers in my valentine’s day inspiration post on my blog:

    i’m a fairly new follower of y’alls, but i’m excited to finally be in on the party and look forward to what you will come up with next!

  129. Dena Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
    You are a dear!

  130. louise Says:

    Wow! Awesome response to your stickers! Like all the others before me, these are cool! (I actually forgot that I already left a comment!) But, I also wanted to let you know that I’ve added it to my link love today. Thanks again!

  131. Jeanee Says:

    What a wonderful idea! WHo needs all that chocolate on Valentine’s Day anyway?

    I featured the stickers on my blog today.

  132. Austin Girl Says:

    I love it. Thank you for sharing. So creative!!

  133. bettijo Says:

    LOVE THIS! I’m having one of those “Why didn’t I think of that moments.” Such a cute idea, so simple and no searching through stores to find something — look no further than the produce section, which is even conveniently at the front of the store :)

    I’m planning to include this idea in our Valentine round-up over at on Monday.

    Cheers! –bettijo

  134. bec Says:

    love, love, love it! thank you!

  135. Anna Says:

    I love this idea! I’m going to re-post it to our blog for our readers to print out too. So clever.

    It reminds me a bit of a post we just did for Valentine’s Day too:

  136. NanAhhNana Says:

    so cute! so nice in my bento

  137. Sofie BN Says:

    Sweet! I love it!
    Thank you and all the best!

  138. cam Says:

    Thank you! I’ll keep them for myself, they are perfect to brighten my day!

  139. Ashley Says:

    Just like everyone else, I love these too! I actually featured them on my blog as part of my Fabulous Finds Craft and Recipe Round-Up: Valentine’s Edition! Just thought you’d like to know, and thanks for the awesome idea!

  140. Vickie Masingill Says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  141. Melissa Says:

    This is a perfect Valentine I must save for next year as our school doesn’t allow homemade foods, many kids with allergies kind of limits as to which snacks can be sent, and they are asking us often to send non candy gifts for the holidays and birthdays because they kids get overloaded with candy.

  142. Sanja Says:

    You are the best! So subtle and sweet, I’m going to stick these all year round :) Thank You so much!

  143. Rea Says:

    These are awesome and you are awesome for sharing them for free. You rock, thank you.

  144. Cori Says:

    I LOVE these! thank you for sharing!

  145. evelyn Says:

    very cute!

  146. Stephanie Says:

    This is beyond adorable! I love how simple and sweet it is. Thank you for sharing and letting everyone download your great idea!

  147. Alycia [Fit n Fresh] Says:

    SO cute!! I’m so going to be printing these out (:

  148. Lacey Says:

    the file keeps saying it is invalid… I love these and go perfect with the idea I had of giving teachers fruit. Is there a new link or if someone could email me the file if they saved it to

  149. LolaT Says:

    : ( says file is corrupt

  150. Jenny Says:

    This is an adorable idea! It would be great to use for a wedding! : )

  151. toñi Says:

    Lovely your blog!!and this post!! precioso
    Besos desde España

  152. Vanessa Frida Says:

    Fabulous idea! I can’t seem to download it…:(

    Any chance of you mailing it to me please?

  153. Dominica Says:

    I LOVE the stickers! Can someone email me the stickers?

    I have a PC; zip file reads corrupt.


  154. Deborah Says:

    Love the stickers, and the fact that it’s a candy alternative. I would like to post about this project, link to your post and use a few photos if I may. Please let me know, as I will not use your images without permission.

  155. Heather Says:


    I’m adding them to my blog with a link to you!


  156. Rachelyn Gordon Says:

    These are fabulous!!! It’s such a great idea PLUS my boyfriend’s a complete health/fruit nut! Thank you!! :)

  157. Says:

    You are brillant! These are so adorable!

  158. Lorena Says:

    just came over here from Bargain Hoots blog, oh my these are over the top adorable! tahnk you sooooo much for the download!

  159. Sharon Says:

    So so cute! I am definitely using these. Already tweeted about them. I will add to the chorus of “I think I have to blog these.”
    Really adorable.
    Thanks so much!

  160. jenna Food w/ Kid Appeal Says:

    such a great idea! just shared it on Kid Appeal’s FB page. We’re always looking for natural wholesome ways to celebrate the holidays. we tried approaching PK and 1st grade teachers with a “real red food” valentines day party and didn’t get much traction. too much effort, but this, is simple genius. more on real red food party here:

  161. k(is)sing Says:

    Sooo cute! Thanks for sharing! :)

  162. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Deborah!

    Yes, please share away! Thank you!!!

  163. sue Says:

    OK, great idea, but what sticky paper are you referring to??

  164. christy Says:

    sticker paper in hand and child size hole puncher purchased my children are excited about this valentine. however, i can not (for the life of me) get the file to download. i have tried it on two computers. each computer says the compressed file is corrupt. is there any source that i can download this from? or, may i beg you to email it to me? or, does anyone have any ideas?? thanks so much!! i am banannas over this project. happy valentines day!

  165. christy Says:

    okay, i see that you addressed this. you are awesome! i will email you a request. thank you!

  166. christy Says:

    …if someone has this can you email it to me: Thanks!

  167. Michelle@Sweet Relish Says:

    My husband make smoothies everyday and we have bundles of fruit in our kitchen. Can’t wait to sneak on a couple of your adorable stickers on Monday :). Thanks for posting–so lovely.


  168. bck Says:

    This is such a cute idea!!!

  169. Laura Says:

    Love it. :) I just shared your link in this Valentine’s post and now I need to make some for myself.

  170. Doris Says:

    Attention Washington…sharing sweet fresh produce valentines is REAL Health Care Reform!! Brilliant idea; thanks for sharing,Kathleen.

  171. Teodora Gales Says:

    Thanks so much! This is brilliant.Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  172. Michal @ Navy + Lavender Says:

    Um cutest ever!!!

  173. MWeekly Says:

    Oh that is so cute! I love these! What a great idea.

  174. Mademoiselle Fanny Says:

    This is such a charming idea, thank you for sharing it with us. A bit too late for Valentine, and we do not really celebrate it here in Paris, but I am a strong believer in spreading the love every day…

  175. Jutta @theluckyelephant Says:

    I wish I had seen this yesterday… SO cute!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  176. Valerie Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing :).

    I delivered a lovely bowl of fruit to his office this afternoon; Monday is his long day, teaching from 2:30- 9:00 without much of a break, so FOOD was a much better idea than just sweets this year. Our little town doesn’t have the sort of store that boasts passionfruit, but I did find a passionfruit drink to make good use of that sticker.

  177. Katie Says:

    I love this idea

  178. Shay Says:

    Hey! I just wanted to give you a heads up that I think someone’s trying to rip off your idea – she doesn’t even give you credit in her post.

  179. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Shay, Thanks for the heads up. She actually does include a link to my site in her post. I appreciate you getting in touch though, it’s nice to know that people are keeping an eye out for each other. Best, Kathleen

  180. Michelle Says:

    I saw this on a blog last week and forgot to bookmark it. I’m so glad I found it again randomly via twitter (yay). So pleased because I love this idea. So clever. I hope you don’t mind me posting on my blog.

  181. yeissen Says:

    I love those stickers, they are so cute but they are not available anymore. :( Can you post them again or email them to me? Pretty Please???

  182. Helen Chen Says:

    Hi, just came across your blog today and love your valentine’s sticker idea!!! Unfortunately, the file is no longer available. Would it be possible for you to send me a copy???? Thanks SO MUCH!!!


  183. bbbfran Says:

    Merci beaucoup pour ces belles et originales étiquettes. Très bon dimanche.

  184. Melissa Says:

    Will these be available this year?

  185. Jeannette Says:

    Hoping that you relist these in your etsy shop. Please let me know if you do. I would love to use these this coming Valentine’s Day!

  186. Hannah Says:

    I love these they are adorable! Found the link to your cute ‘apple of my eye’ stickers. Brilliant way to stay healthy on Valentine’s day!!

  187. heather Says:

    Yes, I too was sad to see that this is no longer available, even for sale. If you repost or are emailing it out I would love a copy!

  188. Valérie Says:

    Thank you for sharing. It’s such a cute idea.