6 Simple Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids
Valentine's DIY Crafts for Kids
Now that Christmas is out of the way, we can move onto the next little holiday: Valentine's Day! It's the festive day where we all get lovey-dovey and proclaim our love for the others in our life. Whether you decide to do something big or just something small, most of us will participate in this day in some way or other.
And children enjoy this day just as much as the adults do, exchanging gifts in class with their friends to show them how much they like them or making gifts for friends and family. So to help you out with some great ideas on what to make this year, I have found some great, simple Valentine's Day crafts that the children will be able to enjoy making and sharing with their friends and all the family.
The Top 6 Crafts
It's not just sweet treats, although there are a few of those, too—you'll find DIYs on how to create love bugs, heart-topped pencils, and even heart-stitched cards. I searched around the internet, and these are the top 6 Valentine's Day DIYs that I came across. They are all easy, cheap, and cute to make:
- Valentine's Day Photo Treat Pack
- Valentine's Butterflies
- Valentine's Pencils
- Heart-Shaped Crayons
- Love Bugs
- Yarn Heart Cards
I hope you find one that your children will love to make and will enjoy giving to their friends to put a smile on their faces this Valentine's Day.
1. Valentine's Day Photo Treat Pack
These can be found on Martha Stewart's Website and are totally cute and adorable!
- You simply need to print a picture of your child's face (blowing a kiss would be super sweet!) on pieces of card and use a shaped scissors to trim the edge.
- Then add a little message and draw a few small hearts.
- Then fill your little cellophane bags with any treat of your choice and staple or cellotape the card to the top.
This is a simple craft for children to help you with and would be really sweet to give to all their school friends.
2. Valentine's Butterflies
You will find this sweet little craft over on a new (to me) site I found called She Knows, which is full of so many interesting and fun crafts, recipes and general life tips you'll get lost there for hours! This is the perfect craft for the little girl in your life.
You may need to cut the butterfly wings, but then you can let the children decorate them. Why not try this with beads, glitter, paint (and fold it in half! You know what I mean) and any number of other crafting styles? Really let the kids' creativity come out and make these butterflies pretty. Then just add some googly eyes to the lollipop and thread it onto the wings—simple but really pretty.
3. Valentine's Pencils
If you don't have a sweet tooth and fancy something that isn't candy-based, plus still cheap so you can make enough for the whole class, then why not try these great Valentines Day Pencils which I found on The Gunny Sack. You simply need a pack of ordinary pencils, some paint, some strong glue and pipe cleaners. The rest is simple.
You may need to help on the gluing part, but you can leave the kids to the painting and shaping the pipecleaners. Just think how fun the classroom will look if all the children are using these pencils. Or you can give a single large pot of them to the teacher as a gift. This one is easy if you're a little artistically challenged.
4. Heart-Shaped Crayons
I found this colourful little craft over on Whipperberry.com where she has plenty of other crafts to entertain the children. I thought this one was really sweet and simple. All you need is a pile of crayons—you can even recycle the ends and broken ones you already have—a heart cupcake mould (or you could use any other shape, maybe star shape at Christmas?) and some card.
Your children can break the crayons and pile them into the moulds, then you just heat in the oven (see full instructions for temperature details), let them cool and mount them on a card. Let the children decorate the card and stamp out a little message to their friends. So simple but lovely and colourful and useful!
5. Love Bugs
These furry little Love Bugs can be found over on What to Expect, where you will find the full instructions on how to create them—but they are pretty simple; even little children will manage these.
Just get yourself a pack of pompoms (can be found in pound/dollar stores usually) some thin pipe cleaners, googly eyes and some foam sheets (or pre-cut foam hearts if you can find them). Then its just a case of assembling them with some PVA glue. You could make a whole little colourful army or these Love Bugs for all your children's friends.
6. Yarn Heart Cards
I found this simple yet effective Yarn Heart over on Parents.com, and what a great, easy kids' craft these would make. I think you could do them straight onto a blank card to make a unique handmade card for your children to give to someone special.
This may be more suited to slightly older children, but if you made the holes of the heart and got a plastic needle (often found in kids' cross stitch packs), then even younger children could manage it. And why stick to red and pink? You could make these hearts any colour—just find the right thread.