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DIY Scratch-off Lottery Ticket Valentines

Posted by  ·  February 11, 2009  ·  Last Updated: February 11, 2009

My son took these “Lottery Tickets” to school today.  They were fun to make but I was wishing he only had 15 in his class instead of 23!

I printed the tickets on card-stock,  cut them out and then covered them with clear laminate (contact paper).

DIY Scratch-off Lottery Ticket Download

lottery-tickets-1I  made a little heart stencil out of sticky backed shelf liner (this is just slightly sticky). Place it over the scratch off area.

lottery-tickets-2Paint inside stencil with acrylic paint.

lottery-tickets-3It takes about two coats.  It worked better if I removed the stencil while the paint was slightly wet.  If some of the paint comes off it can be touched up later.  When I had problems with the words showing through I just went in with a small paint brush and gave the words another coat.

lottery-tickets-4Trim edges and cut the tickets apart.

lottery-tickets-5My son gave everyone a penny along with his Valentine to scratch off the message.


Before you roll your eyes and think these were way too much work—–please note that my son is in 6th grade. We have hit the end of the road for valentines! This was my last hurrah!

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  1. Elijah
    Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
    How much did those cost you?
  2. katelynn
    Sunday, February 10th, 2013
    This project stinks!!!!!
    • Elijah
      Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
      No it doesn't!
  3. kris
    Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
    LOVE!! your site and all of your cute ideas! Thanks for sharing
  4. Lin
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
    only in the 6th grade??? his last valentines??? im in the eighth grade and i still love valentine!! <3 is so cute and sweet and oh so much fun!!
  5. Colleen
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
    Wish me luck, I just bought all the right tools to make the valentines scratcher for my guy <3 I hope
    I do it right!
    ...I bought card stock and am going to hand write (no printer at home and it's a bit too racy/naughty to print out at kinkos!) hehe. I can write it in with a felt tip pen and then paint over that... Correct?!
    Oh I'm so nervous! I have NO artistic talent.. Lol
    Here I go ;)
    • Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
      Let me know how it goes. They will be cute.
  6. pochy
    Sunday, March 25th, 2012

    There are also scratch-off inks available on Etsy.


    They are really handy.

    • Elijah
      Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
      Thank You!!!!😀 😺 👍🏽
  7. JR
    Sunday, February 12th, 2012
    Thanks for the great idea. Keep goin' girl, doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Good luck with your child in junior high!
  8. Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
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  9. Friday, January 20th, 2012
    Oh thanks so much for sharing this! I love this! I'm visiting you from Skip to My Lou. I'd love to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html
  10. Monday, January 16th, 2012
    These are just adorable! Way to go mom!
  11. Thursday, January 12th, 2012
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  12. Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
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  13. Friday, September 23rd, 2011
    This is a great idea and i feel like even i could do it! I have a lot of events and shows/parties that I participate in as a Scentsy consultant and I've wondered how to make this work. Now I know! I plan on doing a mail out to all my customers and those that sign up for my newsletter on my website or follow my blog, etc. This is a perfect way to say thanks and give a little love back! www.scentsnowicks.com/blog.
  14. Bambi Pro
    Monday, February 7th, 2011
    This is the cutest idea. Very creative. Thank you for sharing.
  15. Thursday, January 6th, 2011
    What a great idea! Think I'll give it a try!
  16. Monday, January 3rd, 2011
    Oh, silly me -- I commented on your craft, citing your linky. What a doofus I am! Well, I guess it's just a testament to the awesomeness of this project that it was the first thumbnail I clicked in the linky, and immediately started reading the post, without even bothering to look at the blog header.
  17. Monday, January 3rd, 2011
    Saw your project linked up over at Skip to My Lou "I Made It Mondays" and just had to come by. What an original and beautifully done valentine project. I love it! I bet the kids in your son's class were really impressed!
  18. Thursday, July 8th, 2010
    I purchased in 6 different colors some paper that is "scratch off" paper designed for making your own stuff. i bought it years ago. You just make up what you want, cut off a piece of the paper, peel it and stick over your design. Then you have to scratch it off to see what is under it. I still have a lot of it as I went crazy and bought packs of every color. This is a lot quicker and cleaner than painting. Sorry I don't remember where I bought it so I can't share the information.
  19. Cheryl
    Monday, February 8th, 2010
    I've found that the paint scratches off easier if you add some dish washing liquid (1 part paint to 1 part soap).

    I also use silver paint for the everyday day scratchers... red is very cute for Valentine's day!! :) Great job!
    • Thursday, February 11th, 2010
      For me I found that if I used acrylic paint it was plastic enough that the dish washing soap didn't make much difference. The dish washing soap is necessary if using tempera paints.
  20. Monday, February 1st, 2010
    These are amazing! So sad that it was your last valentine's hurrah! I can totally understand why you went through all the hard work. :) Thanks for sharing.
  21. Thursday, January 21st, 2010
    Cool Idea! I think I'll make these this year. What a great idea for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Birthdays, and rewards for kids like stated above!
  22. Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
    This is exactly what I was looking for! I work with 6th graders. We just finished working with Thanksgiving shopping using sales flyers and decimals. We did a poker chip random drawing for free grocery cards or free food items.
    The next plan was for percentages in February. Scratch off discount cards would fit in GREAT with this project. The students will get a big kick out of this. Now to design a card for it.
  23. Kaycee
    Sunday, November 15th, 2009
    If you print the text in the same color as the paint, you won't need as many layers to hide it. Terrific idea. I'm going to use it to promote a new program at my church.
  24. Sara
    Sunday, July 26th, 2009
    Hello! I found your website recently and I have been on it for days!! I have found so many awesome projects that I am so eager to try (if only I knew how to sew!) I think these are the cutest Valentines! However, while reading the directions I thought of a different way to use them. I think they would make perfect "reward" cards for kids. For doing something good they would get a card and scratch off to reveal their reward. Maybe a food treat, movie night, or they could be used in the classroom for a number of rewards. I cannot wait to use these!!!

    Thank you for everything you do!!

  25. Saturday, June 20th, 2009
    Pretty smart idea. I will try it.
  26. Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
    it's a good idéa
  27. Kaycee
    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    These are very cute. If you used matching ink under the paint, show thru would be less of a problem, especially if you use lighter colors...
  28. Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
    Grade 6 or not.. these are funky!!
    Thanks for sharing!
  29. Sunday, February 15th, 2009
    Such a cute idea!
  30. Friday, February 13th, 2009
    I THINK THEY ARE BEST! Kudos mom!
  31. Liz
    Friday, February 13th, 2009
    HELP!!! I am paint-challenged!
    Where can I find acrylic paint? JoAnn's fabric and craft store perhaps?

    This is the best idea! Thank you soo much for sharing.
    • cindylouh
      Saturday, February 14th, 2009
      the craft section at Wal-mart even has this acrylic paint. It comes in small bottles about 3" high. Good Luck!
  32. Friday, February 13th, 2009
    I think they are worth the work! Very cute!
  33. Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    Great valentines! As for the amount of work, it's also simple enough to have the older kids help in making their own valentines. Bookmarking for next year!
    • cindylouh
      Friday, February 13th, 2009
      Lea, You are so right and I do think kids should help make them! That is the fun part! In this case we were so iffy about valentines----him making them would have been too much for him to take at school! hehe
  34. Melissa
    Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    Love it as a valentine idea. I have done similar for door prizes at Baby showers and wedding showers. Love all your ideas! Wish I would have time to do these before tomorrow!
  35. Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    These are so cool! My kids would love them. I might make them each one for Saturday. I think they might win a Sunday afternoon movie!
  36. Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    Thanks for posting this cute idea! I linked it on my site: http://VintageMafia.blogspot.com
  37. Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    They are sweet, my daughter will be in 6th grade next year, going to have to keep them in mind.
  38. Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    How fun! That'd be a cute coupon book idea too. As always, fantastic idea!
  39. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    This is a fabulous idea! I'm not sure as a mother of 3 whether or not I would attempt this but I looOOoove all the other great crafts on your site. I visit often!
  40. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Wow - these are amazing! You are so incredibly talented!
  41. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Oh my gosh! Way to go out with a serious bang!!! love 'em!
  42. George
    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Cindy - It is so very wonderful the positive difference you make in our childrens lives. Not only are you the coolest, you also create the coolest things! You do certainly ROCK! I am so happy to be your husband. I am not sure that my valentine for you can measure up! It is great you have given me some ideas....XOXO Geo
  43. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Those are amazing!! I'm sure his friends will definitely think they are a winner too. Just came across your site the other day and I love it! Made the lollipop valentines with my kids.
  44. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    I teach middle school and my students would LOVE these. Especially if I put in "real" prizes like, 5 minutes of extra recess, or one free homework assignment. I have got to remember this idea for next year! Thanks.
  45. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    VERY cool. If only I'd see this before the night before the party. My son is in 5th grade and he said to me today, "Mom, make me something really cool in Illustrator. Nothing babyish. I need 32."

    Oh brother.
  46. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Such a cute idea, love it!
  47. Jenny
    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Wow!! You are amazing! I bet he had the coolest valentines! This tops any valentines ever!
  48. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Such a great fun with this suggestion! I love it! <3
  49. Kim Ross
    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    What an awesome idea! I am so keeping these in mind for next year!!
  50. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Great idea! I'll be linking.
  51. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    That was a brilliant idea! Too bad it's too late for my granddaughter as she has hers all written out. Sometimes, my daughter and I do something creative but this year we didn't. Thanks for posting and for the pattern. Linda

  52. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    You have the best ideas! This is great...I'm thinking of all kinds of uses for this method...
  53. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    I have been wondering how to make scratch offs. Thank you so much for the info! Great Blog
  54. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    I think that is brilliant! I love it. I think YOU are a winner. hehe
  55. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Thank you for the whirly gig Valentine template. It's just perfect for my 5th grade boy...not mushy or little kid. Love your site! You rock!
  56. Susan Ingle
    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    you are definitely the coolest mom! what a great, creative way to go out with a bang. Good going!
  57. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    This is a fabulous idea and such a great change from the average valentine! Thank you for sharing!
  58. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Those are tooo cute! Well worth the effort I'd say!
  59. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    I don't think they seem like to much work. I think those are very creative! I love them. It's a great idea!

  60. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    I don't think these are too much work. But then, I'm crazy and I overdo everything. Seriously, way cute. Thanks for sharing.
  61. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    What a neat idea! I've never seen homemade scratch offs before.
  62. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    WOW!!! I'm so impressed. I've got to file this away for when my kids are a bit older.

  63. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Those are too cool, Cindy!
    We missed you on Saturday. Hope all is well. :)
  64. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
    Those are so creatively, amazingly awesome! I'd like to be in your son's class just to get one...no, wait, scratch that last part. Being a kid is hard work! Anyway, what a wonderful Valentine's card. It's sure to be a hit!