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Easy Valentines Crafts for Kids

Updated on January 31, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Whether you are looking for easy Valentine's crafts for kids in a classroom, Sunday school, or as a way to stay busy on a rainy day there are simple, inexpensive crafts ideas for every age.

Valentine's Day is a fun holiday for kids. It is a good excuse for a celebration, a school party, candy, and cupcakes. Since most children love to craft it is a wonderful opportunity for them to use their creativity to make things for others. Another benefit of Valentine's Day is that the focus is on expressing love and appreciation rather than gifts so it is generally a less stressful, more light-hearted holiday all around.

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Tips for Crafting with Kids

Remember to keep your crafts age appropriate and if you are creating in a classroom situation make sure that you have at least one older child or adult for every three children under the age of seven.  This will keep things moving smoothly and decrease any frustration that a child might have.

Other tips are:

  • Use washable paints, glue, and markers.
  • Have the children bring an old button up shirt of mom's or dad's to use as a smock to keep clothing clean.
  • Use the tops of baby food jars to hold glue if not using glue sticks.
  • Plan projects around a child's attention span – about five minutes total for ages under three and no more than ten minutes for most children from three to six.
  • Stickers are better to decorate cards than cutting out pictures and gluing them on at this stage.
  • Let the kids do it their way. Their creativity is more important than making it look like the picture on the box.
  • Do all the preparation ahead of time so that when it is time to craft children can get right to work.

Some Easy Valentine's Crafts for Kids

Here are some easy Valentine's crafts for kids that almost anyone can do.

Paper Conversation Heart Wreath

Everyone loves the conversation hearts. Make a wreath for the door from construction heart cutouts and your own sayings and quotes. This craft is best for ages 7 and up.

Materials

  • Construction paper in conversation heart colors like pink, purple, blue, and mint green.
  • Dinner plate
  • Cereal box or poster board
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue sticks

Instructions:

  1. These first steps can be done ahead of time by an adult. This will save time and frustration.
  2. Trace around the plate onto the posterboard.
  3. Draw another circle inside the first circle, about an inch away from the first one.
  4. Cut out the circle and then cut out the center to make a wreath shape.
  5. Cut the construction paper into squares and fold in half.
  6. Draw half a heart against the fold of the paper and cut out.
  7. Open it up and you should have a perfect heart shape.
  8. Flatten the hearts and write messages on them with markers.
  9. Arrange the hearts on top of the cardboard wreath until you have them the way you want them. Glue them in place and let dry.
  10. Attach a loop of string or wire to the back for hanging.

Some possible sayings are:

  • Be Mine
  • Love
  • Call Me
  • U R Sweet
  • Kiss
  • Hug Me
  • Always

If you run out of ideas for mottos just look at a bag of the real conversation heart candy for inspiration.

Box for Valentine's Day Cards

Create a mailbox for each child's Valentine's Day cards from an empty Kleenex box.

Materials:

  • Spray Paint
  • Empty Kleenex boxes for each child
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Other embellishments

Instructions:

  1. Before craft time spray paint the boxes. Use red, pink, or white glossy spray paint.
  2. Cut one heart per box out of coordinating construction paper.
  3. Write the child's name on the heart and glue it to the box.
  4. Use the stickers and other embellishments to create a unique Valentine's mailbox.

Jar of Hugs and Kisses

These hugs and kisses can be sent far away and used anytime.

Materials:

  • Pint Mason jar with screw on lid
  • Hershey's Hugs
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Paper for a tag
  • Raffia

Instructions:

  1. Fill the jar with a mixture of hugs and kisses. You can even add some colored sugar crystals for sparkle.
  2. Screw the lid on the jar.
  3. Write "Hugs and Kisses for You" on the tag and attach it to the jar with raffia.

Remember to Have Fun

Most of all, when creating with children remember that the most important part of the time together is having fun. Creating should be done in a stress free environment without worry about whether you are or are not coloring in the lines or creating the properly colored sky. Children need the freedom to create their way, so keep it simple, light-hearted, and happy.

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      Excellent tips for crafting with children. Cute ideas--we love everything about the conversation hearts--except the taste :)

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      Wendy Finn 5 years ago from UK

      This will keep me and my daughter busy in the school hols next week. Thanks!

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      cricut lite cartridges 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information. Me and my kids will give it a try

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      KimberlyAnn26 6 years ago

      Great Hub. These are some wonderful ideas for kids! Very creative!

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      Priscilla Chan 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Nice ideas for the kids! Great hub!

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      IdeaMorphist 6 years ago from Chicagoland

      Such great suggestions and instructions, thanks for sharing!

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      kims3003 6 years ago

      Very well done hub - wonderful ideas and pleasant writing style!

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      sarclair 6 years ago

      These are cool ideas! I am going to use them... Thanks for the great hub :)

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      dsmythe 6 years ago

      I'm gonna forward this hub to all my friends with kids. Thanks for posting :)

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      leahlefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      I love the conversation heart wreath idea: it will be perfect for my 3 and 5 year old kids!

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      thesweetlife 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Thanks for the great ideas and the links. I look forward to doing some of these with my preschooler:)

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      GDiBiase 6 years ago from Portland, ME

      Mary,

      I love all the ideas. I am always trying to come up with unique crafts, for the kiddos.

      your hub is awesome...Thanks for sharing!!

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Greta info thanks for sharing

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      These are great ideas, even if you're not a kid anymore :)

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      kaoskakimu 6 years ago

      really detail! Nice hub...

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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      kids will surely love these crafts. thanks for the brilliant ideas.

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      lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Wow, these look like a ton of fun! Can't wait to try these out with the kids. Nicely done!

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      mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      I am big on things to do with and for kids that do not involve a television set or video game. Your tips here are truly thoughtful, easily duplicated and are the kinds of things that relatives love to store in favorite memory boxes. Thank you, also, for the reminder to have fun. These years of awkward hands and spilled glue rush by much too fast! I am forwarding your ideas to my nephews and friends for their small children. Great hub!

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Always looking for things to keep the kids busy. Thanks

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I always love your hubs, Mayre! These are some great ideas of Valentine's Day crafts. My kids will enjoy them!

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      Thanks for these ideas. The mailbox and the jar of kisses will be my next project to do with my daughter.

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      myhouseofgiggles 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas! I'm thinking of throwing a Valentine's day party for the kids, and I was looking for inspiration :) Thanks!!

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      Dazzling Image 6 years ago

      Very nice craft ideas for the young, trains them to be creative.

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      GiftedGrandma 6 years ago from USA

      Great ideas! Even older children have short attention span at times........

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      skivvies 6 years ago

      Awesome ideas! And you're definitely right about children's attention span!

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      loise 6 years ago

      thanks for the great art ides

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Great ideas, reminds me of projects my Mom would do with me and my brother and sister when we were kids.

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      bettybarnesb 6 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Marye your hubs are always so very well done. Wishing you and your family prosperity, peace, and health for 2011. Happy New Year!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      You are absolutely super. Great ideas and so easy.

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      brandrocker 6 years ago

      Wonderful ideas. I hope to see more like this one. Thanks.

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      Donna Oliver 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Marye, Fantastic ideas for Valentine crafts! Thank you for sharing your article. Well written and useful!

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