Valentine Crafts for Kids

I know.  I’m very late this year.  But if you’re anything like me, you’ll be needing something to do Valentine’s Day to kill the afternoon any ways.  A year or two or three, I saw this cute craft where they hung clay hearts from ribbon in a window.  I thought it was neat.  I finally got around to it, but I decided to make all kinds of hearts from all kinds of things.  Crafts are suitable for toddlers and up.  Depending on the ability of the child will depend on how much help the child needs.  Check out other Valentine crafts here and here.

Suncatcher Hearts

(I adore suncatchers.  They’re easy and pretty.  The boys have yet to complain about making so many.  Do not use glitter.  If you read you can use glitter, they are very wrong.  It does not allow the contact paper to stick together very well, and then everyone is sad.)

Things you need:

  • Clear contact paper
  • Heart shape cookie cutter
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper pieces
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Trace two hearts on the contact paper.  I have my boys decorate before I cut the hearts.  But you can cut out the hearts first.  Have the child place tissue paper on one of the hearts.  Place the hearts on top of each other, sealing them together.  Cut out the heart.  Use the hole punch to punch a hole.  Tie a loop with the ribbon.

 

Shrink-A-Dink Hearts

(I have rediscovered Shrink-a-Dinks.  I heart them so much.  The boys are getting a kick out of making them and watching them get small.  I recently used them to make a Valentine present for a friend.)

Things you need:

  • Shrink-a-Dink paper
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Oven
  • Cookie tray
  • Baby powder
  • Foil
  • Ribbon or string

Trace a heart on the Shrink-a-Dink paper.  Have the child color the heart.  Cut the heart out and punch a hole in it.  Remember the Shrink-a-Dink will shrink to a third of its original size, so if you want to use ribbon, you have to make that hole big.  Sprinkle a little baby powder on the foil.  Place foil on cookie sheet, and place Shrink-a-Dinks on foil.  Follow  the instructions for Shink-a-Dinks.  Mine said to pop them in the oven at 350 for a minute to three minutes.  Then magic!  Take out Shrink-a-Dinks, and let them cool.  String up the hearts.

 

Clay Hearts

(Finally clay hearts.  Polymer clay is very difficult for small hands.  I have to really warm it up and kneed it before the boys (6 and 4) can work with it.  I need to find a new source of clay.  But once the boys start working on it, they love it.  We have made all sorts of clay things.)

Things you need:

  • Polymer clay (traditional colors like pink, red, or white, but hey, green could work too.  Or brown.)
  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Tooth pick or bamboo skewer
  • Oven
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Foil
  • Ribbon
  • Optional: rubber stamps, glue, glitter

Kneed the clay until pliable.  (This may take a while.)  Roll clay into a ball and then squish it down.  Use the cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape.  If you would like, you can use a rubber stamp to decorate the heart.  Use the tooth pick or bamboo skewer to make a hole in the heart.  Place foil on a cookie sheet, and place the clay heart on the cookie sheet.  Follow the instructions on the package.  Mine says to bake at 275 for 30 minutes for every 1/4 of an inch in thickness.  (And yes, I have burnt clay before.  It’s annoying.)  Take out hearts, and allow to cool.  If you would like, you can decorate them with glitter and glue.  String the heart with ribbon.

 

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