Sweet Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Heartwarming projects your child can share with friends and family.

  • Photograph By Lucy Schaefer; Ideas by Melissa Jenkins and Kelly Ladd Sanchez

    Valentine's Garlands

    Pick one of these gorgeous garlands (or all three!) to spruce up your space for the holiday.

    1. Suit and Tie: Old playing cards and ribbon trimming give this strand homespun appeal. Using playing cards in the suit of hearts, punch two holes in the top of each and thread them onto ribbon. Embellish the garland by tying on short lengths of ribbon.

    2. Hearts on a String: A single running stitch sews these lovely hearts together forever. Cut felt hearts (ours are 3 inches across), then use a needle to thread them on embroidery floss one after another, leaving space between.

    3. Hugs and Kisses: Paper doilies get snipped and folded for this airy and delicate lace look. To make an X, accordion-fold two same-size doilies. Cinch them together and staple them at the center. For an O, cut out the center of a doily along the edge of its inner circle. Thread the letters onto a length of heavy string.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Valentine's Day Felt Hearts Garland Craft
    Valentine's Day Felt Hearts Garland Craft
  • Photograph By Lucy Schaefer; Idea by Heather Greenwood

    Circle of Love

    Pretty paper and glue dots are all you need to make a heartwarming wreath to hang anywhere that needs a little love. Cut a sheet of double-sided scrapbook paper (ours is a 12-inch square) into 1-inch-wide strips. Make five hearts as follows: Fold a paper strip in half, sandwiching two glue dots about an inch down from the fold to create the top of the heart. Bend the loose ends away from the center and use two more dots to join them at the point. Next, make the two hearts that anchor the hanging ribbon. Sandwich one end of a 12-inch-long ribbon in the center fold of one heart, then form the heart's point. Secure the other end of the ribbon in a second heart. Use glue dots to adhere the sides of the seven hearts in a circle, as shown.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Valentine's Day Heart Wreath Craft
    Valentine's Day Heart Wreath Craft
  • Photograph By Lucy Schaefer; Idea by Emilie Ahern of pluckymomo.blogspot.com

    Little Sippers

    Adding a decorative tag to a crazy straw turns a classic kid fave into a token of affection. Cut two concentric circle or heart shapes as shown (our smallest shapes were 2 3/4 inches across) from pieces of card stock, then use a glue stick to adhere them. with marker, add a message, such as "Crazy 4 U" or "Cheers to You, Valentine," then punch two holes into the tag and slide it onto a crazy straw.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Photograph By Lucy Schaefer

    The Write Stuff

    This cute pairing of pencil and pad makes a fitting gift for a school friend or teacher. For each set, use colored card stock and a glue stick to decorate the front of a small notepad. From a piece of card stock, cut an arrow tail with a 3/4-inch tab extending off the front, then add lines with marker. Using decorative or washi tape (found at craft or stationery stores), secure the feather to a mini pencil, wrapping the tape first around the tab, then covering the rest of the pencil. If you like, add a greeting to the first page of the notebook, such as "You're all write, valentine" or "There are no words to de-scribe you!" Slide the pencil into the spiral binding of the notebook to keep the set together for giving.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Photograph By Lucy Schaefer

    The Eyes Have It

    Look no further for a funny valentine! Oodles of chocolaty eyes make this card's sentiment extra sweet. Use glue dots to attach 3/4-inch googly eyes to the base of chocolate kisses. Put them, along with a few plain kisses, in a 4-inch-wide clear treat bag (available at craft stores) and staple or tape the bag closed. Cut a 4- by 4 3/4-inch rectangle from card stock. Fold it in half widthwise and use a marker to write "I've got for you" on one side, leaving space for a pair of googly eyes as shown. Attach eyes to the label, sandwich the top of the bag inside, then secure it with tape or staples.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Photograph By Lucy Schaefer

    Friendly Ties

    Your child can personalize each braided bracelet with a classmate's favorite colors. Use embroidery floss to braid several bracelets, knotting the ends of each completed strand. Print our tags (find them at familyfunmag.com/printables) on a sheet of card stock and cut them out. Punch holes in the sides of each tag and thread a bracelet through as shown.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Photograph By Lucy Schaefer

    Open Your Heart

    This pop-up card -- perfect for a grandparent or best friend -- features a moving center that expands in a fluttery motion as it's opened. First make a paper heart by folding a 3 1/2-inch square of craft paper in half and cutting half a heart shape along the fold. Use this heart as a template to create a second. Fold a 5 1/2- by 8-inch paper rectangle in half widthwise. Trace the heart once more along the center of the fold. Cut out the shape, leaving a small portion on each side intact. Make a crease along the uncut portion by folding it. Open the card so that it's flat, and push out the heart. Run a glue stick along the card's edges and mount it to a larger piece of card stock. Trim the card stock to form a border as shown. Use more glue to attach one of your paper hearts to the pop-out heart. Add a message, such as "This heart beats for you" or "My heart's set on you." Fold the card closed and attach the remaining paper heart to the front.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Valentine's Day Heart Pop-up Card
    Valentine's Day Heart Pop-up Card
  • Photograph By Lucy Schaefer

    Game Lover's Greeting

    M&M's serve as a sweet stand-in for X's and O's in this packaged card-and-game combo. (For a sugar-free version, use buttons instead of candy.) Trim card stock into a 4- by 6-inch rectangle. Use a marker to draw a tic-tac-toe board in the center and add a message at the top, such as "U R A winner" or "I'm game to be your friend!" Slide the card into a 4- by 9-inch clear treat bag (available at craft stores). Add several M&M's, providing an equal number of two colors. Fold the top of the bag behind the card and seal it with tape.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Photograph By Alexandra Grablewski

    Special Deliveries

    Start a new tradition with these chair-back envelopes. Set them out a week before Valentine's Day, then let your family swap notes, drawings, and other tokens of affection.

    1. Print and assemble our envelope template from familyfunmag.com/printables. Cut the shape from felt as directed on the template. Lay out the felt piece with the cropped point at the bottom.

    2. Fold in both sides so that the points meet. Fold in the bottom and top flaps where shown on the photo to overlap the side flaps about 1/3 inch. With an iron set on cool, press the folds.

    3. Unfold the top and bottom flaps. Run fabric glue along the two edges of the bottom flap, and fold it back in place. Let the glue dry.

    4. On the back of the envelope, cut two slits along the top fold and two about four inches below. Insert two yard-long pieces of ribbon.

    5. Add adhesive-backed felt letters (available at craft stores) and glue on a felt heart. Tie the envelope to the back of a chair.

    Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

    Your Biggest Fan

    These fan-tastically clever valentines are ideal for extra-special recipients: parents, teachers, and best friends.

    To make this craft, download the fan template below and see the next slide for instructions.

  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

    How to make it

    Fold an 8 1/2 - by 11-inch sheet of paper in half lengthwise, trace the template shape onto it, and cut it out. Unfold the paper, then accordion-fold it lengthwise, with each fold about 1/2- to 3/4-inch wide. Staple through the center of the folded paper. Glue a craft stick to either side of the staple on the longer side of the folded fan.

    When the glue is dry, open the fan by bringing the sticks together. Glue together the two flaps at the top of the heart. Write a message on a slip of paper, then glue it to the handle of the fan. Keep the fan closed with a tiny rubber band.

    Suggested messages:
    I'm your biggest fan!
    You're fan-tastic!

  • Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
    Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

    Sweet Mice

    Made of two chocolate Hershey's Kisses and a heart-shaped set of ears, these tiny critters are almost too cute to eat.

    Download and print the ear and foot templates below. Cut the shapes from card stock. Remove the paper flags from two Hershey's Kisses. Fold the feet where shown on the template, then use tacky glue to sandwich the feet and ears between the Kisses. Glue a 4-inch length of gray yarn to the underside of the back Kiss. Add googly eyes. Attach the mouse to a cheese-shaped piece of card stock with a glue dot, then write a note.

    Suggested messages:
    Mice to know you!
    You're really mice!

  • Sweet Mice
    Sweet Mice
  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

    Make Time for Friends

    This simple craft can be worn just like a real watch -- until you get hungry, that is! Cut a strip of card stock about 6 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Cut one end into a point and punch three staples into the other end. Fold in the wrapper ends of a Life Savers mint behind the candy and tape them in place. Use a permanent marker to draw a clock face on the front of the wrapper. Attach the candy to the paper strip with a glue dot. Add a message. To wear the watch, slide the paper's pointed end under a staple.

    Suggested messages:
    It's time for candy!
    Happy Valen-time's Day.
    Watch out: I like you!

  • Valen-timepiece
    Valen-timepiece
  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

    Catch of the Day

    Kids can tell pals how they feel with the help of a school of Swedish Fish. Cut blue card stock into a trapezoid with a wavy top (download our template below). Write a message on the card stock and place it in a 5- by 11 1/2-inch cellophane candy bag with a few Swedish Fish. Seal the bag with a twist tie. Trim the top of the bag with scissors, if needed.

    Suggested messages:
    I'm glad you're in my school.
    It's ofFISHial -- you're awesome!
    I fish you were mine.

  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

    Have a Ball

    This sugar-free card incorporates a bouncy ball for extra fun. Cut a large heart out of black or dark blue card stock. Use a craft knife (adults only) to cut a circle that's slightly smaller than the ball. (Tip: Make holes in scrap paper until you get the right size for your ball, then use that hole as a template.) Add stars and planets and your message with a gel pen. Insert the ball; it should fit tightly and stay in place.

    Suggested messages:
    You're out of this world, Valentine.
    You're a star!
    I've searched the galaxy for a friend like you.

  • Have-a-Ball Valentine's Day Heart Card
    Have-a-Ball Valentine's Day Heart Card
  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

    Sign of Affection

    Give this card a hand: it says "I love you" in sign language. Trace a hand on card stock. Cut it out, then fold over the two middle fingers and secure them with tacky glue. Write "I love you" on the hand and glue it to a blank card.

  • Sign Language Valentine's Day Card
    Sign Language Valentine's Day Card
  • Mark Mantegna

    Valentines With A-Peel

    From a reader:

    "My daughter, Lydia, age 10, and I decided to make hand-printed cards for Valentine's Day. For the stamp, I cut an apple in half and trimmed the edges so that it looked like a heart. We stamped the cards with red paint, then added seeds, a stem, and a sweet message."

    Pam Cox Jutte
    Charleston, SC

  • Sweet Card Collector

    From a reader:

    "Every year, I make a special collection container for my daughter's classroom valentines. One year, she asked if we could create a giant cupcake. For the liner, I folded card stock into accordion pleats and glued it to the outside of a flowerpot. For the cupcake itself, I hot-glued faux rose petals to the outside of a hat and glued on paper-heart sprinkles. Finally, I cut an opening in the top so that kids could insert their valentines. It was a hit at the party!"

    Pam Earls
    Conway, MO

    Originally published in the February 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.