Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. Do a fun activity together to give the kids something special to share with their classmates at school. Here are several crafty ideas to prepare to make.
1. Heart Pencil Toppers
Kids love (and need) school supplies. Buy a pack of colorful pencils and make cute heart pencil toppers for each one by cutting out two heart shapes. If your child is old enough to use the sewing machine for simple stitches, he or she can sew them together and leave an opening at the bottom of the heart sufficient enough for the pencil. Write a Valentine’s Day sentiment on a simple paper banner, wrap it around the pencil and glue it in place.
2. Woven Paper Hearts
Want to try something different? Older children can make beautiful Scandinavian heart baskets out of paper. You’ll also need a bone folder (which makes perfect folds and creases), ruler, scissors, pencil and double-sided tape. This craft involves some creative cutting and folding to complete, but you can easily make these by pieces by following these woven paper heart instructions.
3. Yarn Heart Cards
This is a great one for those stray balls of yarn you may have around your home. You’ll want thick paper (like cardstock), a large threading needle, a pencil and a heart-shaped template (make one from paper or use a cookie cutter). Draw the heart on your cards lightly with the pencil. Poke holes around the heart (the more, the better) and then erase the pencil marks. Thread the yarn through the holes randomly, making a heart-shaped web. Cut the yarn in the back and tie a knot. Write a message on the card or leave it blank—the heart can say it all.
4. Heart Window Cards
Get your little one to glue strips of ribbon horizontally across a piece of cardstock. Cut a heart-shaped window out of another piece of cardstock and glue the two rectangular pieces together. The fabrics will show through the heart window, making a beautiful pattern.
5. Googly Eye Tags
All you need for this one are plain gift tags, twine or ribbon, scissors, glue and googly eyes. You can find these at most craft stores, some with their adhesive. Larger ones that are 3/4 inch in diameter or more work best. On each gift tag, write “Valentine, I’ve got my eye on you!” Glue the googly eye over the word “eye” and then tie a ribbon through the hole in the tag with a pretty color like pink, red or purple.
6. Superhero Love Messages
For a super-sweet Valentine idea from craft designer Jessica Okui, buy a bag of suckers and make them into superheroes (or supervillains!). Add Valentine messages, trimming the ends with pinking shears to help them look more cape-like onto the sucker. Also, add little eye masks for that particular super-hero touch. Get the printable pattern here.
7. Get Colorful
Make heart-shaped crayons for all your artistic little valentines. Peel the paper covering from all the used crayons you can find. Sort them into similar color piles and break them into small pieces. Using a silicone mold with heart shapes, bake the crayons at 250 to 350 degrees (depending on the thickness of the mold) for about 15 minutes. Let the hearts cool before popping them out of the pan. Your kids will love coloring with something entirely different!
8. XOXO Rice Krispie Treats
Here’s a new take on Rice Krispies Treats: make them into X’s and O’s, dye them red and play tic-tac-toe. Check out this XOXO Rice Krispie Treats recipe.
9. Make Blooms that Last
Make flowers kids can keep. The project involves stacking cupcake wrappers together and securing a pipe cleaner stem, creating bud-like flowers. This craft best suits older children as you’ll need a craft knife and hot glue.
Now you and your kids will have plenty of craft ideas to over the weekend. What are your favorite craft ideas for Valentine’s Day? Share with us your finished projects on Facebook or Twitter using the #RedPlumVDay.”
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