An easy craft for kids of all ages to make for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or any other special occasion.
1. Draw a heart shape on your piece of paper or card stock.
2. Cut out your heart.
3. Use glue to attach buttons and other embellishments in pattern of your choice.
This is a great craft for kids of all ages and fairly quick to complete.
1. Take a piece of paper and fold it in half and then draw half a heart.
2. Cut out the heart and unfold it. Place it on your piece of white paper.
3. Take a pencil and dip the eraser end into your paint and dab it on your white paper around the edge of your heart. Continue until you have "stamped" around the entire heart. Adults may need to help younger ones stamp and hold the template in place.
4. Remove your paper and you should see a heart shape stamped in paint.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the next size heart. I'd recommend starting with largest to smallest heart.
6. Let paint dry. You can keep it plain as we did or decorate further or write a special Valentine's Day message.
A very elegant looking Valentine's Day craft that is still very easy to make.
1. Place small doily on one piece of paper and trace the doily shape. Cut out the tracing and then glue it to the back of the small doily. Repeat this step for the next doily. You can use solid or pattern paper as your background.
2. Once all doilies have been glued to their paper backgrounds, then glue the smallest doily to the next biggest doily and so on for a layered effect.
3. Decorate the front as desired. We used a foam heart sticker and then dipped a pencil's eraser in some pink paint and "stamped it in an outline.
4. Write your message on the back and/or decorate the back as well.
I Only Have Eyes for You
Here is a very easy and cute craft that even the youngest child can do, with a little help. And there are several variations you can choose.
2. Pres thumb to smaller piece of paper. If you want a small monster, then it will take one or two thumbprints. A larger monster (as seen above) will take several prints or you can use the sponge.
3. Take a paintbrush or use finger to paint the arms and legs.
4. Let the paint dry a little and then use glue to apply the googly eyes. The number of eyes is up to your little artist.
5. If you want, use scallop scissors to cut a border around the paper. Then glue it to your larger sheet.
6. Use marker or pen to write your special Valentine's message or you can write something for any other occasion.
You can make your monster as small or large as you choose and you can design a fancier card as well. See below:
* Heart-shaped cookie cutter (sizes optional)
* Piece of white paper
* Glitter Glue or glitter paint
* Pencil or marker
* Scissors (optional)
A quick and easy craft for young children.
Place the cookie cutter on the paper and draw or help your child to trace the heart. You can draw as many hearts as you want and if you have various sizes of cookie cutters, you can mix and match.
If you want to highlight the border of the hearts, use a marker, otherwise use a pencil.
Have your child paint the inside of the hearts with the glitter glue or paint.
- leave the hearts on the paper and give as a gift or showcase as a Valentine Decoration
- cut out the hearts and use them to decorate a Valentine's Day card (you'll need small hearts for this or a larger piece of paper than 8 1/2 by 11 for the card)
- cut out the hearts and tape them to a door or window to create some festive decor
Dazzling Valentine Hearts
* A piece of pink or red construction paper
* A piece of white copy or construction paper
* Glitter Glue or Glitter Paint
* Craft Glue
Kids of all ages can do this craft although younger children will need help with the cutting.
Fold your colored construction paper in half and draw half a heart. Then cut it out.
Fold the paper in other sections and draw and cut smaller hearts. The location of these hearts is up to you.
Have or help your child use the craft glue to attach the colored construction paper to the white paper.
Then decorate the white sections with glitter paint or glitter glue. You can add sequins for extra dazzle.
Don't throw out the hearts you cut out. You can use them:
- by placing them loose in a Valentine's Day Card's envelope
- you can use them to decorate a Valentine Card
* Heart-shaped doilies in red and white (color and sizes are optional)
* Glitter Glue or Glitter Paint (clear or white glitter paint works best here)
* Craft Glue (if you don't use glitter glue)
* Red, pink or white construction paper (optional)
This is a quick and easy craft for even very young children because they can just slap on the glitter glue and it will still look pretty and sparkly.
You can use a piece of red, pink or white construction paper as a background or you can choose to just have the doilies decorated. You can also pick smaller doilies and attach them to a folded piece of construction paper to decorate the cover of a card.
To do the craft the way we did, attach the larger doily to the construction paper with craft glue or glitter glue. Note, we used glitter glue for this step and my daughter was very liberal with the glue which is why it looks puckered in the photo. It looks fine but if you want to avoid the puckering use regular craft glue for this step.
Then attach the smaller doily to the larger one using glitter glue or use craft glue and then paint it with sparkling paint. There is no "right way" to do this. Let your child spread as little or as much glue or paint as they'd like. If you don't want the craft to get too wet and pucker, try having them decorate the doilies first and then attach them to the construction paper when they're mostly dry.
You can vary this craft with different colored doilies and backgrounds, varied glue colors or add sequins.
Valentine Heart Decoration or Card
A card or decoration
* Construction Paper (pink or red best)
* Glitter Glue (color is up to you)
* Festive stickers
* Rhinestones (optional)
* Crayons or markers (if you decide this is a card)
Recommended age: toddlers and older can do this although with very young kids you will need to cut for them and you might want to skip the glitter glue or help apply it.
Fold a piece of construction paper in half and draw half a heart shape along the fold. Cut out the heart shape along the line you've drawn.
Note: If you'd like to make another craft with the leftover paper, cut out two pieces of paper and click here for more information.
Unfold the heart that you've cut out.
If your child wants this to be a Valentine's Day card, have them decorate and write on the inside first.
When done with the inside, or if you simply want this to be a decoration, adorn the front of the heart with stickers and glitter glue. If you have rhinestones, you can place them on your heart stickers or in a variety of ways. We swirled the glitter glue on the paper but you can choose what design you'd prefer.
To swirl the glitter glue, apply a small blob onto the paper and then use the tip of the applicator to "draw" the shape. When the glitter runs out, apply another blob to the end and then spread it out again. Continue until your shape is finished. A preschooler can do this with some parental guidance, depending on the shape.
If you use a lot of glitter glue it can kind of warp the paper so you can either use a thicker paper or take the second cut-out heart (if you had cut a second heart) and glue it to the decorated heart.
Valentine's Day Tissue Paper Heart
*Two pieces of construction paper (pink or red ideal for Valentines Day but color is your choice)
* Tissue paper (more crumpled the better; colors optional)
* Laminating pouches (or something similar)
* Glue Stick
* Tape or stickers (optional)
Age recommended: ideal for 4 years and older but some 3-year-olds could do with extra help
If you're like me you might just be getting around to putting away your Christmas decorations and miscellaneous related items such as leftover gift wrapping. Well, I have a use for any crumpled tissue paper you might be thinking of tossing as you pack things away.
Take your two pieces of construction paper and place one on top of the other. Then fold them in half.
Draw half a heart on the folded paper (parents would need to help younger kids), starting at the top of the fold and curving to the bottom (see first of the photos below). Be sure to leave a little space at the top and bottom of the heart.
Use your scissors to cut along the heart you've drawn (parents need to do this for younger children; see second photo below). Set aside the cut-out hearts. You can use them for another craft.
Tear up and crumple your tissue paper. Your kids will love this part.
If you haven't done so already, open your paper to reveal your full heart. Place a laminating pouch on top of the heart (so you can see the heart shape through the plastic) and lift the top of the pouch (like opening a book).
Use the glue stick to glue a section of the pouch within the heart shape and then put the tissue paper on it. Continue until the area of the heart is as filled as you want it to be. Then place the top of the pouch over the tissue paper - your tissue paper is now sandwiched between both plastic pieces of the pouch.
Place a heavy book or two (or three) on top of the laminating pouch to flatten the tissue paper as much as possible. If you have really crumpled tissue paper, it shouldn't take much to flatten it. If your tissue paper is in better shape, it might take a few hours to really pack it down.
Once the paper is as flat as you'd like it, remove the books and now place the laminating pouch (filled with tissue paper) between the two pieces of construction paper. Use your stapler to attach all the pieces (parent should help younger children).
If you don't want to use staples, you can use tape but staples really do hold it together better, especially near the cut out of the heart. If you don't like the look of the staples, your child can place decorative stickers over them.
Now you have a great holiday decoration or gift for Mom or Dad or a grandparent!
Draw and cut your heart on your construction paper. Remember to cut both pieces of paper at the same time so your hearts are the same size
Sandra K. Lee is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a 8-year-old princess & a 4-year-old superhero in Middlesex County, New Jersey.