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.

 

Valentine Crafts for Kids, Preschoolers and Toddlers, Part 2

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and my blog is being slammed by people looking for Valentine crafts.  (And some of them started right after Christmas!  Who are you highly organized, far-seeing people?!  I’m not worthy of you!)  I just couldn’t do the same old crafts, so I scoured the internet, racked my brain for some interesting crafts.  Zeemaid actually sent me this cool link about making a clay pendant, but I never went to get the clay.  Mommy fail.  But I hope you enjoy the other crafts.  Keep in mind that the younger the child, the more work you need to do to help the child; while older children will be able to do more of the craft than I plan for.  My sons are two and four when they did these crafts.

If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day Crafts, check out my other post.

Heart Lawn

(Nothing says love like grass, right?  Ok, you figure out how to grow roses from a sponge.  The boys LOVED dumping the grass seed on the sponges.  They are waiting anxiously for the grass to grow.  You can change the shape of the sponge to use any time.)

Things you need:

  • Sponge
  • Marker
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Plate
  • Grass seed
  • Plastic wrap

Use the heart-shape cookie cutter to trace a heart on the sponge.  Cut out the heart.  Wet the sponge to make it damp.  Have the child pour grass seed onto the sponge.  You can use a bowl and spoon to make it less messy.  Cover the sponge with plastic wrap.  Check every few days to make sure the sponge is wet.  As soon as you see grass poking out, remove the plastic wrap.  In about two weeks, you should have a little grass lawn.

Sewing Heart Magnets

( I modified a craft I did in Girl Scouts all those years ago to make it easier on the boys.  And a tad less feminine.  That’s really the problem with a lot of Valentine crafts.  The boys enjoyed “sewing,” and Tornado E creatively made more of a net instead of going around the heart.  It turned out great, so let your child experiment.  I used a four inch cookie cutter.)

Things you need:

  • Red craft foam
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon ( we used white)
  • Tape
  • Magnet
  • Glue

You can buy pre-cut foam craft hearts, or you can make your own.  Trace a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the read foam.  Cut out the heart.  Hole punch around the heart.  For younger kids, make fewer holes.  Cut the piece of ribbon to two to three feet.  Tape the end to make it a needle, making it easier for younger children to sew with it.  Tape the other end on the back of the heart.  Have the child sew in and out of the holes.  (My son is two, and I held the heart so he could put it in the hole; then I turned it over, and he pulled the ribbon tight.)  After the child is done sewing, tape the end to the back.  For older children you can have the ends meet in the front in a bow.  Glue a magnet on the back.

3-D Heart Flowers

(I modified a Martha Stewart craft for this one.  I hope she doesn’t mind.  The boys thought it was really fun.  If you would like, have the child decorate the hearts before making the flower.)

Things you need:

  • Red, pink or white construction paper
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Pony bead
  • Pipe cleaner

Trace the heart-shaped cookie cutter on the construction paper, making four to six hearts.  Cut out the hearts.  Hole punch the hearts at the tip of the heart.  Have the child thread the pony bead onto the pipe cleaner, leaving about an inch of pipe cleaner above the bead.  Bend the pipe cleaner down and twist, securing the bead at the top of the pipe cleaner.  Have the child thread the hearts (how many the child wants) onto the pipe cleaner to the top under the pony bead.  Knot the pipe cleaner underneath the hearts.  Have the child spread the hearts to form a flower.

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