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Valentine's Day Party Craft for Kids

Updated on June 19, 2013

Holiday Fun!

With three daughter's I can't tell you how many holiday parties I have attended at elementary school. It would hurt me to think about it. I also served on the PTA board as Membership Chair and I was a volunteer for a specific teacher for three years as well as running a copy center for the staff. I spent quite a bit of my time at the school and one of the hardest things was hosting classroom parties.

The necessary ingredients are always, a craft, snacks (now only healthy thank you!) and a game. I had to come up with a new plan each time because kids are tricky like that. They remember that stuff. Do you really want to have 30 pairs of eyes staring at you when you give them a dumb craft to do? No! You don't! On top of that - you might embarrass your own child in front of their entire class. Oh the pressure.

If you are looking for a dynamite craft for your child to make for Valentine's Day, this is the utlimate and most perfect craft for elementary school. Not only is it really cute, but it's easy and doesn't require glitter or glue! The only reservation I had was I worried the boys wouldn't like this idea so much - but I was wrong. Elementary school boys even liked this one!


Items Needed:

  • Empty SweetHeart Candy box
  • A small photo of the child
  • A roll of magnetic tape
  • Scissors
  • Double sided sticky tape

This craft is so easy and the kids love making these photo boxes. Much of the work can be done ahead of time for simplicity or for younger children.

  • Sweetheart boxes used to come with a plastic cover over a heart shaped cut out. They now seem to make all the boxes with cardboard and no plastic heart shaped window. For this reason, I used a box cutter and cut the heart shape out. Scissors can be used at the discretion of the teachers.
  • Open the top of the box carefully.
  • Put sticky tape on the back side of the child's photograph.
  • Insert the photo into the box and tape it down to the back of the box.
  • Insert a piece of transparent paper and sticky tape it over the heart shaped hole.
  • Re-seal the box with sticky tape.
  • Use the sticky tape or adhesive to tape a magnet to the back of the box.
  • Voila! You now have a shadow box with your favorite sweet heart's photo for your refrigerator.

You can give each child a packet with all they need to complete their project.
You can give each child a packet with all they need to complete their project. | Source

Simple, fun and a great keepsake!

This craft is a photo in a sweetheart box with the face of your favorite sweetie looking back at you. It looks almost like it is in a shadow box. Each year when our school has picture day - the studio takes a set of small photographs of each child on one page. They are given to the teachers and I asked "my teacher" if I could have that page of photos and she didn't hesitate to give them to me for the class project. This was not an option one year, so I went to school with my camera one day and during a break, each child came into the hall and I took their photos and printed them on my home printer.

This craft is super awesome because it's fast, the instructions are easy to follow and there isn't room for error as far as making huge messes. No glitter, no glue and you end up with the cutest picture frame for the refrigerator, office or a perfect gift for grandparents!

Endless ways to decorate!
Endless ways to decorate! | Source

"If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone." ~Robert Fulghum


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  • RealHousewife profile imageAUTHOR

    Kelly Umphenour 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    oh Faith thank you! I am done at school parties now though! yay! lol. i out my time in and now all my girls are in middle school or college. i do make special treats for at home still:). you should have seen my girls faces when they saw all the junk i made today for the photos!

    I still can NOT believe you have granddaughters! no way!

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    Faith Reaper 

    5 years ago from southern USA

    My kind of great idea for children's craft . . . easy, fun, adorable, and no fuss or mess. You are amazing at this stuff! I am sure none of the students are unhappy when it is your turn at the school!

    Will try this with my granddaughters.


    Voted up ++++ and sharing

    Have a lovely day, Faith Reaper

  • RealHousewife profile imageAUTHOR

    Kelly Umphenour 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Ha! Sharyn, I'm like a big kid...this was my favorite treat for the kids to do on V Day parties. Every kids in my area has one ill bet:) haha

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    Sharon Smith 

    5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Really cute idea Kel. I'm thinking this could be a craft at a senior center too, hmmmm. Pinned and shared!

  • RealHousewife profile imageAUTHOR

    Kelly Umphenour 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thanks Prasetio! I loved this craft - I guess I love any frames that have my girls cute little faces in them:) lol

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    5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Beautiful and you are very creative person. I always find something new every time I visit your hub and all of them totally beautiful. Good job and thanks for share with us. Voted up!


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    Kelly Umphenour 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you so much Eddy! This is such a cute little craft to do in a short amount of time. I love the photo box too:)

  • RealHousewife profile imageAUTHOR

    Kelly Umphenour 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Thank you BlossomSB! I am a kid at heart and I loved this project more than any other one I came up with:)

  • RealHousewife profile imageAUTHOR

    Kelly Umphenour 

    5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Drbj - I'm thinking I may just buy several boxes of crayons and one of those table cloths you can color on for my next party! Hahaha Can you imagine what that's gonna look like? Lol. Thank you!

  • Eiddwen profile image


    6 years ago from Wales

    A great hub which I pass on to my family.

    A vote up,across and share all around.

    Enjoy your weekend.


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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

    6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    A great idea. I've pinned it to my craft section as I'm sure others will want to try this one, too.

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    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    What a clever idea, Kelly. You merit an A+. Love that last quote about cocktails and crayons - ain't that the truth!

  • RealHousewife profile imageAUTHOR

    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Susan! Haha! I had to make one yesterday because the dog chewed up the only one I still have. I didn't mind, when my mom called and she said, "what 'cha doin'?" I responded, "not much just cutting out some hearts and coloring"...bahahaha she wanted to know what I'd had for breakfast:) lol

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Paula - there aren't many crafty things I do but I still have the first one my girls ever made and I have thought many times how cute it is! I always wanted to do a craft that I knew the here moms would love too! I would look at them on the fridge and think that it would make a great hub article. So easy, cheap and NON messy!

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hey Mhatter, well seeing you sitting at the table making one of these just makes me smile. Real big! Lol. I do thank you kindly for your reading and commenting:)

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    Susan Holland 

    6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

    This looks like something that even I could do. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!! :-)

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    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kelly....Great idea for when my grandchildren come to spend the day. I admit, it's not easy keeping them happy and occupied.....I guess Gram isn't "cool" enough, sometimes! LOL......This should entertain them just fine!.....Thank you Miss Crafty Lady!.......UP+++

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    Martin Kloess 

    6 years ago from San Francisco

    Sounds like fun. Thank you for this.

  • RealHousewife profile imageAUTHOR

    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh man...Vick I owe you! I had thought about doing this idea as a hub but forgot all about it! When I read your party hub - it reminded me! Thanks again!

    I really did LOVE this little project...and I knew all the moms would love sticking one on their fridge:)

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    Victoria Lynn 

    6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    You did great, RealH! That is such a cute craft. Heck--adults could even do it for their sweeties! I'm going to link this to my party hub as an idea for the kids OR adults! Thanks for linking mine. Great job!

  • RealHousewife profile imageAUTHOR

    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Hi Rebecca - oh I didn't really want to work at school at all! But it's public school and I do think that parents should try to help out as much as they can. It improves our district and also - I'm positive my kids did better for it. They knew I was around somewhere:) lol.

    I know! Ugh! The peanut allergies and I don't even think the elementary kids get snacks brought in by parents at all now. They even have a special lunch table for the kids with allergies so they don't get too close to anything that can be helped.

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I like this idea. It is really simple and quite cute. Bless you for being a good grade parent. We struggle with the kids with the peanut allergies in so many classes. That's a pain when planning any snack or parties because there is so much "hidden" food in stuff.


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