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Great Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids
Of course your kids can make beautiful handmade Valentine's Day cards, heart garlands, fun animals out of heart shapes, or even paint you a picture, and all of these should be included in your fun Valentine's Day craft day, but some truly unique crafts will be what truly sparks their imagination.
What about using food or outdoor items as paintbrushes to make you a picture or a nice project to hang on the door or on the wall, and what if they could do it all without you having to spend more than $5 or so for all of the projects?
Of course you would go for it!
Kids love being able to create, whether that means draw, cut, paint, glue, color, or put together, and why not use this Valentine's Day as a great excuse for them to do so!
Not only will these projects spark their imaginations and let them express their creativity, but they will help to get everyone in the household in the right mood for a great day of love and joy.
Let's see how you and your kids can do some of these fun Valentine's Day crafts together.
What is your favorite part of Valentine's Day?
This is a great way to get your kids in the mood for Valentine's Day, have fun for a few hours, and have something to be proud of afterward. And what better way to show off their work than to hang it on the front door!
- 2 paper towel rolls
- Red markers or red paint
- Paintbrushes (if using paint)
- Glue sticks (or hot glue gun)
- Long piece of ribbon
- The first thing you'll want to do is smash both of your paper towel rolls flat.
- An adult may need to help with this, but one folded side needs to be folded inward to create that heart shape desired. Then press down flat again.
- With scissors, the paper towel rolls should each be cut into 1/2 inch equal pieces all the way down.
- Next flatten out any pointed arches in your hearts to make them look more like hearts.
- This is the fun part! Now you get to color or paint each of your little hearts with your markers or paint and paint brushes.
- Make sure to allow all of your hearts to dry completely before continuing with the project.
- Now it's time to lay your hearts out tip to top in two circles, going separate directions, one inside the other before securing them.
- Once you've achieved the look that you want, I suggest clipping them together with paperclips so that they stay together while you are gluing them.
- Finally, one at a time, unclip your hearts and either glue them together well with glue sticks, or dab them with hot glue, and then clip them back together again until the glue dries.
- Don't forget to glue both of your circles together.
- When your wreath is completely dry, remove all of the paperclips, wrap your piece of ribbon through the middle, and hang it on your door.
This is a craft that not only your kids will enjoy, but so will all of the birds in your backyard!
- 1 1/2 cups of birdseed
- 2 small packets of gelatin powder
- 1/2 cup of water
- twine or string
- 6 heart-shaped cookie cutters
- wax paper
- Start by pulling out a large mixing bowl and pouring your birdseed into it.
- Lay out one big piece of wax paper and lay your heart-shaped cookie cutters out on it.
- You may also want to go ahead and cut about four (4 inch) pieces of twine to be ready for your birdseed hearts.
- Heat your half cup of water in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl for about one minute. An adult may need to remove it from the microwave if it's hot.
- Stir in your two gelatin packets until completely dissolved. Then pour it into your birdseed in your mixing bowl.
- Feel free to mix your birdseed and your gelatin with a nice big spoon or even with your hands until everything is mixed. If you're gelatin is hardening, you need to quickly finish your project.
- With a spoon, fill each of your cookie cutters half full, and then lay the ends of one folded piece of twine into each of your cookie cutters.
- Now finish filling each of your cookie cutters full of your birdseed mixture, smoothing over evenly across the top.
- Let them dry completely before hanging them outside for the birds.
This is one of my favorites! There's no reason to go buy expensive materials to make fun crafts around the house with your kids, especially when you have homemade paintbrushes around!
- 1-2 full heads of celery (depending on how many little hands you have)
- Red and green paint
- Fun paper to paint on
- This will probably be the easiest project for your kids to do.
- Start by bundling you celery with rubber bands, tight enough so that when you cut them, they will stay together.
- Cut your heads of celery off about 4-5 inches from the bottom. This should give your children at least two great "paintbrushes" for the project.
- Prepare bowls of red paint for them to dip their celery in and let them go.
- If you want beautiful tulip pictures, like in the example, you will also want to prepare some green paint and paintbrushes for them.
- They can either paint the tulip stems before or after having fun with the red paint and celery.
Valentine's Party Shirts
This is a cute idea for any and every holiday. But how cute would this be for a classroom of students for a Valentine's Day party?!
- A t-shirt (preferably in a Valentine's Day color)
- Freezer paper
- An Iron
- Fabric spray paint (in a color other than your t-shirt)
- First decide what kind of design you would like on your t-shirt. Do you want rectangles with hearts cut out, like in the example? Hearts? Heart shapes with hearts cut out?
- Whatever your decide, prepare your freezer paper likewise. I really liked the idea of the rectangles with hearts cut out.
- In that case, cut out small rectangles. Fold them in half, and cut a heart shape out of the middle.
- The reason freezer paper is necessary, is because it has a waxy side and a non-waxy side. Once the shape is cut out, you can simply iron your shape directly onto your t-shirt.
- If you would prefer to simply lay regular paper out on your t-shirt and spray paint it without ironing it down, that's okay too.
- Spray your t-shirt the way you would like, let it dry, and then remove your shapes. Voila!
Stained Glass Hearts
Very beautiful to hang in the kitchen window and remember the real meaning of Valentine's Day!
- Red, pink, and white tissue paper
- Clear contact paper
- Single hole punch
- String or thin ribbon
- This one is also a lot of fun!
- Start by unrolling your clear contact paper and cutting it off about the height of your tissue paper so that you can layer tissue paper across it.
- Pull the paper off of your contact paper to reveal the sticky side.
- One at a time, layer your tissue paper across so that the entire paper sticks to the contact paper.
- With your scissors, feel free to cut heart shapes out of your tissue paper/contact paper combo.
- Punch a small hole in the top of each heart and string your ribbon through.
- Hang each in a window as a collection of tissue paper "stained glass" hearts.
Valentine's Tic Tac Toe
Not only is this going to be fun on Valentine's Day, but your kids can enjoy this game all year long. You might even want to box it up with your holiday decor and pull it out for more fun next Valentine's Day. Make it a tradition!
- One piece of red poster board
- Black marker
- Red and pink felt (3 sheets of each color)
- Hot glue gun
- Bag of dried beans
- You will want to start by cutting a huge heart out of your red poster board, as large as you can get it.
- If you need to fold your poster board in half to do this, go for it!
- Next you'll want to draw out your TicTacToe board on the front of your poster board heart.
- To do this, you'll need to draw two horizontal and two vertical lines with your black marker. I suggest using a pencil first.
- Now let's get started on your bean bags.
- Fold each of your felt squares in half width wise.
- Because they are hard to fold again, I'm going to suggest that you cut your folded felt in half. You should be able to get four felt hearts out of every one felt square.
- This is where an adult should get involved. To make it easier, just hot glue every two hearts together around the edges, leaving a hole in one side.
- When your hearts have dried, have your kids fill each pocket with dried beans to make their bean bags.
- Now you can hot glue the last little bit on each heart bean bag together to seal them.
- Have fun!
Whatever crafts you decide to do with your kids for Valentine's Day, make sure they're memorable.
Hang them on the wall, stick them on the refrigerator, display them on your dinner table, or even hang them on your front door.
Doing crafts together bring families together, gets everyone in the holiday mood, and gives you wonderful decorations to give your home a makeover for the holidays.
You can bring these crafts out time and time again over the years to remember your times together and all of your past holidays.
What was your favorite craft?
© 2014 Victoria Van Ness