It’s the month of love & yet another holiday. One of the many benefits of holidays is the abundance of craft ideas! I got many of these from the Parents website, so if you would like to see even more ideas check them out!
1) Made with Love : Make your own Valentine’s Day cards. This idea is great & can be adjusted for any age level. Not yet ready for scissors? Then put some stickers in that spot instead. And of course, you can help your little one with the glue & just let them put on whatever decoration they want! Perfect for dad, Grandma, Grandpa, friends & anyone they want to send some love! To do it: Give each child a craft kit on a traditional cafeteria tray full of supplies like paper, scissors, ribbon, and glue & let them get creative!
2) Sweet Treat: What You Need :: Candy bar with an outside wrapper, Decorative paper, Regular and decorative (optional) scissors, Tape, Ink pad, Stickers, markers, glitter
Step 1: Carefully remove the outside wrapper from a candy bar and trace it onto decorative paper. Cut out the new wrapper with regular scissors and tape it on the underside of the foil-wrapped bar
Step 2: Use decorative or regular scissors to cut a rectangular label or packing tag to adhere to the top of the candy bar. Measure against the face of the bar to make sure it fits accurately.
Step 3: Dab your child’s finger on an ink pad (you can get ink pads at Dollar Tree). Press inked finger on paper, then rotate paper 90 degrees and repeat to form a heart. Decorate with stickers, markers, and glitter.
3) Valentine’s Day Cards & Tags: What You’ll Need :: Foam grocery tray, Scissors, Pencil, Paper, Mirror, Sponge paintbrush, Tempera paint, Construction paper, labels, or tags, Plastic bags, Candy
Step 1: Cut Tray & Write Note ~ Cut foam tray to 3 by 4 inches. Have your child write a note backwards with pencil, pressing deeply into foam. (Write words on paper and hold up to mirror to see reverse text.)
Step 2: Paint~ Brush a thin layer of paint across the surface of the foam, covering it evenly from edge to edge.
Step 3: Print ~ Press and rub paper, label, or tag on top of painted foam, applying some pressure. Peel back and let dry. Repaint before each print, changing color if desired. Attach to small bags of candy.
4) Sticky Hands, Warm Hearts :: What you’ll need : Yarn, Cornstarch Glue, Water, Heart-shaped cookie cutter, Parchment paper
You can store cornstarch glue in the refrigerator for up to a week. If the mixture gets too gel-like, stir in ¼ cup of hot water.
Step 1: First, make the glue by combining ¼ cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of water in a saucepan and stirring until smooth.
Step 2: Heat the mixture over medium heat until it’s thick and translucent. Allow it to cool to the touch.
Step 3: Cut yarn into foot-long pieces
Step 4: Place a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the shiny side of a piece of parchment paper. Have your child push a piece of yarn into the glue to coat it. Pick up the piece and run it between a thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Lay the yarn inside the cookie cutter.
Step 5: Repeat with the other pieces until the yarn fills the heart shape in a thin layer. With clean hands, press the yarn flat. Gently lift off the cookie cutter and allow the yarn to dry hard, at least a day.
Step 6: You can speed up the drying process by placing the hearts and parchment paper into an oven set to “warm” for an hour or two.
5) Heartstring :: What you’ll need : Cardboard tube, Paintbrush and red paint, Pushpin, Needle (you can get plastic ones, or this step will be a step for you to do), Embroidery thread, Beads (with holes large enough for the needle to pass through)
Step 1: Cut the tube in half and brush the halves inside and out with red paint. Let them dry.
Step 2: Flatten the halves, then cut them into one-inch segments. Shape each segment into a heart by pushing one creased side toward the center. Pierce holes in the top and bottom of each heart with a pushpin.
Step 3: Thread the needle and knot the end. Slide on a bead until it stops at the knotted end, then loop back and push the needle through the bead again, going from bottom to top.
Step 4: Thread on a heart, then add a bead just above it, using the same looping technique to secure it in place. Repeat to create a string of hearts and beads.
6) “Owl Always Love You” Valentine’s Day Card ::
You can make this with felt, or use colored paper if you prefer. The owls are made using the templates from my owl brooch tutorial, then just draw a heart the size you need to fit in the gap, cut it out, and use that as the heart template when cutting out the felt.
If you’re using paper, turn your templates over and draw around them onto the back of your chosen paper with a sharp pencil, then when you turn the cut out shapes over all your pencil lines will be hidden.
Position the pieces on the card one by one and carefully glue them in place with a glue stick. You can use googly eyes (glue these in place with a small dab of craft glue) or cut out white paper circles and draw the pupils on with black marker / felt tip pen (perhaps drawing them slightly off-center to make it look like the owls are looking at each other).
If you’re using felt, pin or hold the templates in place to cut out all the pieces. You could sew the wings, beaks and eyes in position (as seen in steps 3 + 4 of the brooch tutorial, sewing a small piece of felt or a black bead for each pupil), or just use craft glue to attach the wings and beak and pairs of googly eyes.
Position the owls and the heart onto the card how you want them, and then stick them in place with small pieces of double sided tape – craft glue would also work, but it can distort the card slightly.
Finally, write “owl always love you” or your own choice of message underneath the owls in your best handwriting. You may find it helpful to write it in pencil first to help you get the words centered nicely, then just erase the pencil marks once the ink has completely dried. If you’ve used paper for your owls you could also draw a few extra details on them if you wanted, like feathers on their bellies or wings.
Of course, there are plenty more craft ideas & printables out there for you to use. These were just some of my favorites. 😉 I hope all of you have a VERY happy Valentine’s Day & make some memories with your little ones!
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