Valentine's Day is a wonderful time for reading poems, watching A Charlie Brown Valentine, or giving roses. It's also a great opportunity for school and family projects.
Here are 7 easy, creative DIY Valentine's Day crafts for kids.
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1. It's always nice to get a bouquet of roses, but they fade so quickly. Why not have a family gardening project instead? Get one or more clay flowerpots from the garden section of a department or hardware store. Using acrylic paints, decorate them with hearts, flowers, butterflies, or names. Once dry, give the decorated pot and a packet of seeds to Mom, Grandma, or whomever.
2. Auntie Litter urges people to reuse, reduce waste, and recycle. You can also make a flowerpot or a bird feeder by recycling milk jugs or soda bottles. Making and decorating a flowerpot out of a milk jug is easy.
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Rinse an empty jug with warm water. An adult or older sibling can carefully cut the jug just under the handle. Pierce holes in the bottom for drainage. Children or parents can then glue fabric over the rough edges of the new flowerpot. Cut hearts or flowers out of fabric scraps or bits of felt and glue them to the outside of the pot. Once the glue is dry, put pebbles in the bottom of the jug. Cover the pebbles with soil. Plant herbs or herb seeds. Cover with more soil, and voila, an indoor herb garden for the kitchen. If you have a large enough patch of soil, you can plant pansies or marigolds in a heart-shaped pattern.
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3. Birds like Valentine's Day, too. Make a bird feeder with floral wire, cotton thread, stale popcorn, cereal, or dried fruit. Take a 12-inch piece of floral wire. Bend it in half to make the bottom of the heart. String popcorn, Cheerios, bits of dried fruit, etc. on either side. Bend the ends down to form a heart shape and twist them together. Tie a piece of thread to the heart and hang it outside.
4. Wreaths aren't just for Christmas. You can make a heart wreath for Valentine's Day. Get two to four different colors of construction paper. Cut out twelve paper hearts. Glue two hearts to either side of the bottom most heart, so the curves of the bottom heart slightly overlap the sides of the next two hearts.
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For the next two hearts, glue the bottoms of those hearts just behind the tops of the hearts below. Continue until you have five hearts on either side and one heart at the bottom. The top heart is then glued so it overlaps the two hearts directly below it. Wait until the glue is completely dry. Then use crayons or a marker to write Love, Hugs, or other appropriate Valentine's messages.
5. Suncatchers are a fun way to decorate a window, and this craft can be easily adapted for other holidays. Cut pink, red, or white tissue paper into one-half-inch to one-inch squares. Cut a piece of construction paper into a heart shape. Fold the paper heart and cut one inch from the edge, to make the window frame.
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Save the heart you've just cut out for either another, smaller suncatcher or Valentine's card. Place the heart silhouette on a piece of contact paper. Overlap the squares of tissue paper inside the heart frame, on the contact paper. When the heart frame is decorated with tissue paper squares, place a second piece of contact paper over it. Cut away the excess contact paper. Tape the "stained glass" suncatchers in the window.
6. Pick a Bible verse about love or joy and use it to create a homemade card for a family member. Cut large hearts out of construction paper and write your favorite verse on the front. On the back, share something you love about the person you're giving it to.
7. Baking is a great way to help kids learn measurements and fractions. Here are some receipes that are fun to make and yummy to eat!
Red Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup butter (or margarine)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- red food coloring
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Beat sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl.
- Slowly stir in flour mixture.
- Add a few drops of red food coloring. Mix it in.
- Chill 2 hours (or more).
- Roll out dough and cut out cookies, using heart-shaped cookie cutters.
- The dough should be ¼” thick.
- Bake 10-12 minutes at 350°F on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Optional: when cool, frost with red, pink, or white icing. Use sprinkles if desired.
- 12 strawberries
- 1 cup white chocolate chips or white candy melts
- Microwavable mug
- Thin wooden kitchen skewers
- Wash the strawberries and pat them dry.
- Place the white chocolate chips in a microwavable mug. Melt according to package directions. Stir until smooth.
- Carefully insert a skewer up the bottom of the strawberry.
- Dip the strawberry into the melted white chocolate.
- Repeat with the other 11 berries.
- Place the rosebuds in glasses. Make sure they are not touching.
- Allow the candy coating to harden a few minutes before serving.
- 1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough (or use recipe for sugar cookies above)
- 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
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- 1/3 cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1-pint strawberries, rinsed, patted dry, and sliced
- 1 cup raspberries (optional)
- ½ cup apple jelly
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
- Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Then press dough evenly in the pan to form the crust.
- Bake 16 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
- Cool crust completely, at least 30 minutes.
- Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.
- Spread cream cheese mixture over thoroughly cooled crust.
- Cut a notch out of the top of the strawberries so the slices look like hearts.
- Place the strawberries and (optional raspberries) over the cream cheese.
- Stir apple jelly until smooth, then spoon or brush over fruit.
- Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour, before serving.
Arts and crafts are a great way to spend time together as a family, and Valentine's Day is a good day to remember to say and show your family you love and appreciate them.
Do you have any fun Valentine's crafts you do with your kids? If so, let us know in the comments below.