Have some fun this year by creating your very own DIY scratch-off lottery tickets! They will be perfect to share with friends. Not only are they incredibly easy to make at home but they also provide an element of surprise.

My son took these “Lottery Tickets” to school.  They were fun to make.

scratch off valentine card

Grab a few simple supplies and get ready to make cute lotto scratch-off tickets for Valentine’s day.

Lottery Scratch Off Ticket Supplies

How to Make Scratch Off Cards

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


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


Paint the inside of the stencil with acrylic paint. Many tutorials add a drop of dish soap to the paint, however, I had no trouble scratching off the dried paint to reveal the message.


It 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 paintbrush and gave the words another coat.


Trim edges and cut the tickets apart.


My 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!

Getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit often means making your own cards, decorations, and gifts.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!


  4. 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…

  5. the craft section at Wal-mart even has this acrylic paint. It comes in small bottles about 3″ high. Good Luck!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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