Valentine's Day Crafts
What You'll Need: Decorative paper, 4x6-inch flat card, glue stick, felt-tip pen
What To Do:
1. Cut out a branch shape. Glue to card.
2. Cut out two hearts and fold in half. Glue two sides together. Glue down the other sides onto the card. Repeat to make more birds.
3. Cut out smaller hearts. Glue on as wings. Attach paper beaks.
4. Draw on eyes, write a message inside, and share.
What You'll Need: Decorative paper, 14-inch embroidery hoop or floral ring, glue stick, hot glue
What To Do:
1. Cut out 33 leaf shapes and fold each in half.
2. For each flower, cut out 4 identical hearts by stacking paper and cutting all at once. Fold each in half and glue the sides together to make a flower shape. You’ll need about 18.
3. Hot-glue enough leaves and flowers to cover the hoop.
What You'll Need: Wand template, 8x11-inch colored paper, glue stick or tape, lollipops, decorative straws, washi tape
What To Do:
1. Copy and cut out our template.
2. Crease along each line (the lines should be inside the folds).
3. Fasten the tabs with glue or tape.
4. Place lollipop into straw, and slide on the heart. Secure in place with a leaf made from green washi tape.
What You'll Need: 12x12-inch rainbow paper, heart template, 3x5-inch envelope, white or iridescent paper
What To Do:
1. Working lengthwise, accordion-fold the paper into four 2½-inch sections.
2. Copy and cut out the heart template, and trace 4 times (vertically) onto the folded paper. Trim, leaving straight edges intact. Tape the 4 heart rows together to make one strand.
3. Cut scallops into the envelope.
4. Cut a cloud shape for the end of the rainbow, and tape in place.
Personalize jumbo candy bars with festive wrappers and tags decorated with markers, stickers, and your child's own little fingerprints.
Create charming prints (for your Prince Charming) with these easy-to-make cards and tags.
Whimsically painted planters make a gift of roses or African violets even sweeter. All you need is a terra-cotta pot, some acrylic paint, and a little imagination.
Your child can transform plain tissue paper into a work of art straight from the heart. Set out cups of paint and sheets of tissue paper in a solid color, and decorate with two thumbprints joined together to form a heart.
Sealed with a Kiss
This year, skip pricey store-bought cards. Instead, purchase plain card stock, patterned paper, pretty buttons, and ribbon, then let the kids go to town to create more personal Valentine's wishes.
Patterned paper, buttons, and string for hair create little figures that are, well, cute as a button.
These simple memo magnets are the perfect craft for your little cupid. To make, paint small wooden hearts, let dry, and glue a magnet on the back. It's a charming way to display cards and photos.
Tea for Two
Lacy coasters create a pretty perch for tea (real or pretend) or your favorite love potion. Simply cut out craft foam shapes and glue doilies in between them.
Our heart trivet is a cinch to assemble. Twist three lengths of red jersey into one long braid, shape into a heart, then sew through the underside with a needle and thread. Braid enough white jersey to create a layer of white, and sew again. Create another red braid; continue wrapping it around the heart shape until the trivet has reached the desired size, then sew again.
Pump up a ponytail with this adorable candy-coated accessory. Glue a ribbon onto a smooth rectangular barrette, and decorate it with little message hearts or Red Hots candies.
How to Make Clay Play Hearts
Sweets for the Sweet
Dress up mini chocolate bars with a creative wrapper for the cutest candy ever. Measure out a section of paper by using the candy wrapper as a guide. Cut it out and cover with love messages, stamps, stickers, or little drawings, then secure around the bar with tape. This makes a quick and easy Valentine's gift for your child's friends.
Here's the ideal gift for Dad. A little fabric envelope holds cedar chips (we love the ones that are heart shaped) to keep clothes fresh all winter long. To make, cut felt or fleece into a rectangle and fold to form a pocket, leaving enough fabric at the top to create a decorative flap. A basic embroidery or sewing stitch seals the edges in a flash. (For younger children, try using fabric glue instead.) For pockets with pizzazz, adorn with buttons, ribbons, appliques, or fabric paints.
Pop one of these notes into your child's lunch on Valentine's Day -- or any other day for a special surprise.
I Heart You
Remind the kiddos how much you love them with these printable mini cards you can stick under their pillows, in sock drawers, or in their favorite book.
Stuck on You
Print these on full-sheet labels and then cut out to decorate cards, candy, and presents.
In the Cards
Valentines kids can print, color, and give away to all their friends and loved ones.