5 Simple Valentine Crafts
Here in North Texas it is our 2nd Day of Ice and Cold Temperatures. I don’t know about you, but I am looking for some fun things I can do with my kids today to keep us all from going stir crazy. Valentine’s Day is only 11 days away. Other than the few Valentine’s flowers we made for the craft for the magazine, we have done nothing to decorate the house or make Valentine’s cards for friends, family and teachers. Today seems like a good day to get started.
Before we get into the crafts, I want to share this funny blooper of ours with you!
Now that you’re done chuckling, here are the 5 simple Valentine crafts we worked on using materials I always have on hand: construction or scrapbook paper, scissors, glue, ribbon, tempera or acrylic paints and perhaps a few stickers or stamps. None of these are fancy, difficult or time-consuming, so you can do several.
1. These lollipop flowers are easy to make even if you don’t have lollipops; you can make the flowers and insert the lollipops later when the streets are ice free! We used scrapbook paper but you could use construction paper or colored cardstock. See the instructions and video here: http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1qvac/NorthTexasKidsMagazi/resources/42.htm
Poems and Other Cute Phrases for a Valentine Card
2. Of course, just getting out a few pairs of scissors, regular ones or pairs with fun edges, construction or scrapbook paper, glue or tape, markers and crayons and turning your kids loose can be the most fun. Cookie cutters make great stencils for heart-shapes if you have one! Here are some cute phrases to include: BEE MINE (have your child make a bumble bee), the every popular XOXO (hugs and kisses), I (heart) you, You are “beary” special (with a cute picture of a bear.) You get the idea! Here is a website with some lovely poems for parents, friends and siblings that kids could write on a card: http://www.poemsource.com/kid-valentine-poems.html
Here’s a great resource for ideas and videos for making homemade cards: http://crafts.kaboose.com/valentine_homemade.html
3. For decorations around the house, a chain of hearts or a wreath made of paper hearts are both fun and simple to create. The instructions for this heart can be found at: http://crafts.kaboose.com/paper-conversation-heart-wreath.html
Here’s a really cute paper heart chain to make: http://www.montessoriworld.org/Handwork/cutting/hchain.html
Tissue Paper Flowers and Pictures
4. Ever wonder what to do with all the left over tissue paper from birthdays and holidays? Here are two simple things you can do: 1)Make tissue paper flowers and 2)Tissue paper pictures. Both are simple and the kids love to do create them.
1) For the tissue paper flowers, you will need chenille stems. If you don’t have any, you could use a pencil or bamboo skewer or even make a stem out of rolled construction paper, you will just need to be gentle when pushing the tissue paper onto the stem. While this photo shows gorgeous flowers, yours can be made from simple circles, scraps and squares. The crazier the shapes, the more creative the flowers. Here’s a link to instructions: http://crafts.kaboose.com/flower2.html These make a lovely bouquet for decorations or for a nice teacher gift that will stay in bloom all winter!
2) Tissue paper heart or other shape: I remember making these as a kid at school, taking small squares of tissue, shaping them around the eraser on a pencil and then gluing them to the paper. This can take a while and sometimes, time-fillers are a mom’s best friend! I liked these instructions, very simple: http://www.freekidscrafts.com/tissue_paper_heart_card-e658.html
Wax Paper Window Art
5. Last but certainly not least, looking for something fun to do with left over crayons? Or just for a different craft idea? Remember making these wax paper hanging with bits of crayon? Here is Martha Stewart’s version: http://www.marthastewart.com/good-things/crayon-hearts