Lowe's Home Improvement

Valentine's Matching Game

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Fill a candy box with cute wooden candies, then test your memory with this fun game!

 Play this fun Valentine's game made from dowels and free printable labels.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Glue
  • Scrapbooking or regular scissors
  • Empty candy box


  • Valspar high gloss spray paint (we used Frosty Berry)
  • 1 1/2-in x 48-in poplar round dowel, #43821
  • 19-in x 15-in pink blank sign, #336119
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Project Resources


Note: This game includes small pieces that could be a choking hazard for children under the age of 3.

Step 1

Cut the dowel into 32 half-inch pieces. Sand and wipe clean. Spray with pink spray paint and let dry for 24 hours.

Step 2

Print out the set of free candy designs on heavy photo paper. Cut with scrapbooking or regular scissors.

Step 3

Glue one cutout candy picture onto each pink disk. When dry, brush the candies with a mixture of three parts Elmer's all-purpose glue to one part water. This will help protect the picture and make the pieces more durable.

Step 4

Cut the pink piece of signage material so it fits inside the candy box. Tape it on to hide the box logo and make the box more sturdy.

Step 5

To play, turn the pieces so the design is facing down. Take turns flipping over two pieces. If the pieces match, you keep them. If not, turn them back over again. Whoever gets the most matches wins!