Ten Crafts for Valentine’s Day
I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, however Valentine’s day crafts are another story! Something about the hearts and the good feelings lead me to want to create them all month! Today, I am sharing 10 different crafts for you to do with your young kiddos to make this Valentine’s day special. We do not really celebrate in our house, because it is so close to my birthday. However, this year we decided to make it about the girls and I am actually very excited about that! So without further ado, your 10 Valentine’s day crafts!
1.Invitation to Valentine
This activity was my daughters’ favorite! They both loved being able to just be as creative as they wanted without any guidance. For this activity, all I did was get out some craft supplies (glue, stickers, pieces of paper, sequins) and cut out hearts of all sizes. I set it on the table and said go ahead and make whatever you want. They loved the freedom and it was a great way to keep an eye on them while I made dinner.
2. Love Bug Headband
This is something we created last year that just HAD to have a redo! This cute little love bug headband is fun and makes a Valentine party worth attending (for littles that is). We enjoyed creating this little one. Check out the instructions here.
3. Duct Tape Roses
This idea is from a fellow blogger from Piece of Cake Parenting! I am going to let her tell you about them because it is such a cute idea!
Several years ago, I learned how to make duct tape roses and knew this would be a fun, clever way to show my appreciation for my husband. I made a dozen roses and then tied a note to each one. Some were sweet little notes to tell him what I love about him. Others were goofy coupons from me for things he would enjoy (a free day of playing games with friends, “get out of chores free” card, a back massage before bed). And the last ones had gift cards for dinner and a movie.
Throughout the day, I randomly left these duct tape roses for him to find around the house. He loved stumbling upon the next note or fun coupon and was never sure when he would find the next one or what it would say.
Since then, we’ve added a variation of this every year as our new Valentine’s tradition. And my favorite thing is that you can adjust it to fit your family perfectly! You can do a dozen days of Valentines, and leave a rose for your significant other or kids each day. Or you can leave an entire bouquet next to some craft supplies and help your kids to do a fun Valentine’s craft. You can make any changes to make it the perfect fit for your family and change it up each year to keep it fun and interesting for everyone.
I think duct tape roses are the best way to celebrate Valentine’s day because they are easy and affordable. Kids love making them and everyone has a blast finding them and reading the personalized note or activity that you include with it!
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4. Valentine Day Heart Can Person
This little cutie was an amazing craft that my daughter and I put together. We have been using it as out candy dish all February. It is super cute. She later added a bow for a more personal touch. What can get more personal than the feet and hands drawn from your child. This make a cute gift for grandparents (wink* wink*). Check out the directions here.
5. Tissue Paper Heart Art
This craft come from Live Well Play Together, a cute blog that shares creative activities and crafts for kids! I absolutely loved this craft, though we had to tweak it a bit. Check out the original post here. Instead of contact paper (I could not find ANYWHERE), we used wax paper and Elmer’s glue instead. It worked perfectly for the result you see above!
6. Piece of my Heart Craft
If you love the above idea, but only have some construction paper check this one out! All those the year I take my scrap paper and cut it into tiny pieces. It makes for a good random crafting item at any time. I have used it for more than one occasion, however, I think this one if my favorite. I collected all my pieces that look red, pink and purple. Grab those scraps, glue and a paper shaped like a heart. Let your child glue on the pieces of scrap paper onto the heart. When it is finally dry, write, “I love you to pieces!” on the back. It makes for a sweet Valentine and your little will be so excited to have done it independently.
7. Handprint Tree
This adorable idea come from The Best ideas for Kids blog! This blog is filled with great crafts and ideas for children! My girls enjoyed this one. We used paper and cut out little heart to glue on. Then finished it by writing, “I’m falling for you!” (Because the hearts were falling off the hand tree…) My girls again enjoyed this craft because it allowed them to do with not much direction. Simply gluing the hearts onto the hand tree! (You could also do it with paint and make fingerprint hearts, however my girls are a little too young to understand how to do that.)
8. Heart Salt Painting
I have salt painted before and totally forgot about it, until I saw this show up on instagram! I would love to give credit to the person but I can not find it anywhere! (AHH!) However, all you need is Elmer’s glue, salt and watercolor paint. Draw with the glue, sprinkle with the salt and when finished color with the paint!
9. Valentine Heart Bouquet
Remember the little hearts that were created with the invitation to valentine. We decided to take those small wonders and make them even more wonderful! Thank you to Arty Crafty Kids, for the awesome idea, of creating a heart bouquet. We simply hot glued pipe cleaners and put them in a cute vase. The girls decided to give them to my dad for his birthday! We love homemade gifts so it was perfect!
10. I Love You Cards
This year we dug down and came up with something we really wanted to do with our girls to make them feel loved. Not just by us, but by one another and themselves. This was more for my oldest, she is 4 and sometimes I feel as though the world is going to take my sweet girl and twist her all up. I want her to remember all the things we love about her and the things she loves about herself. It had been wonderful to see this work with her through the last few weeks.
All we did was make everyone one heart. Each night at the dinner table, in place of the blessing jar, we write one thing we love about each person, including ourselves. Of course Emory’s (2) are more like she plays babies or I like food. However, Melody’s (4) are more like Mommy gives me long hugs, and I am very good at puzzles. I love to watch her point out things she is good at!
11. Bonus! Fun Heart Project!
This fun Valentine’s Project comes from Marcie at Marcie’s Caring Hands! It is a simple and cute project! (My favorite kind!)
You will need:
Red Magic Marker
Red and Pink Colored Pencil
Beads with NO holes
Dollar Store Flowers
On the Cardboard, use the red marker to create a heart outline. Then, color the heart in with the red and pink colored pencils. Next, color over all of it with the red marker. Now take the beads and glue them over the edge of the heart and finally glue the flowers in the middle!
There are the 10 crafts to make this Valentine’s day really stand out from the rest! For Valentine’s Day we decided we are going to take the girls out for their monthly date night. A special time with one-on-one time with us. I am excited about this and I know my girls are too. However, if you do celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie and need some cool frugal ideas, check out this post from the Curious Frugal!
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day traditions? Or do you not celebrate it? Let me know in the comments below!