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Valentine's Day Crafts For Kids


I am a mom of two beautiful girls (10 & 12). We love to read, play, cook, shop and have fun together. I love to share great products/toys.

Most kids love to do craft projects, especially when there's a holiday and the opportunity to give their art project to someone as a gift is there. My daughter loves to make things for others, it's so sweet! Any mom or dad would certainly appreciate a keepsake gift from their little princess or prince that will make them smile each time they look at it.

Below are a few craft projects that we have done in our home and that are pretty easy to do with young kids. Remember, though - supervision is always necessary when working with crafting supplies.

Be crafty and have some fun with your kids - create memories and keepsakes for all of your loved ones!

Crayon Hearts

Crayon Hearts

Melted crayon hearts – Gather several shades of red and pink crayons – you can also add in some purple and orange if you like. With a sharpener, twist away at the crayons to create “shavings” (depending on the age of child helpers, this may have to be done by the grown up.)

Cut two large pieces of wax paper and lay one out on an ironing board or a surface safe to iron on. Mix up all the crayon shavings and spread them out on the wax paper, making sure they overlap. Carefully place the second sheet of wax paper on top. Place a towel on top and with an iron set at a low to medium temperature; gently iron the whole surface to melt the crayon shavings. Once the shavings are all melted, remove the towel and allow the crayon to dry.

Once dry, cut out hearts – same size, different sizes, it’s up to you. You can be creative in deciding how to give these to a loved one – you can punch a hole at the top of the hearts and string ribbon through each one and hang them or place a couple of them in a homemade Valentine’s Day card, or use them to decorate a Valentine’s Day gift basket.

print and size to desired size of bookmark

print and size to desired size of bookmark

finished heart bookmark

finished heart bookmark

Heart Bookmark – This practical valentine is perfect for your favorite bookworm.  To make, print out the heart template at right, cut it out and trace it onto heavy cardstock.

Copy the heart at 80% of the original size, cut it out, and trace onto decorative paper, such as wrapping or origami paper.  Cut out both hearts and use a glue stick to secure smaller patterned heart to center of larger one and let dry. 

Finally, trace bottom half of inner heart with a utility knife, cutting through card stock beneath.  Your valentine can slip pages between the hearts.  This can be given to a special someone by itself or with a book, magazine or a beautiful journal. 

Valentine's Day Handprint flower/plant

Valentine's Day Handprint flower/plant

This one was given to me for Mother's Day this year.

This one was given to me for Mother's Day this year.

Hand Print or Heart Plant - This is a simple, yet adorable project that you can feel free to add your own special touch to. It would make a great Valentine's Day gift for any family member and a special Mother's Day gift, too.

Trace child's hand print onto construction paper, then cut it out. Help the child decorate the hand - it can be covered in glitter (first spread glue over the entire surface and then sprinkle glue on top - it's best to do this over a paper plate or the like to as not to make a mess and you can save the droppings), or decorated with glitter glue and a when dry, glue a photo of the child in the center. Glue the hand to a sturdy popsicle stick and then anchor it in a piece of floral foam, cut to fit inside a small flower pot.

To cover the floral foam you can either cut a circle out of construction paper the same diameter as the top opening of the pot, put a slit in the middle and slide the popsicle stick through and then into the foam. Another option would be to crinkle up pieces of tissue paper and glue to the top around the popsicle stick.

You could also cut out a flower shape or a heart shape instead of the handprint. These are great keepsakes - I love mine (above)!

noodle necklace with rainbow pasta

noodle necklace with rainbow pasta

Noodle/Pasta Necklace - For little ones, this is a fun and easy project that takes minimal effort and supplies. You'll need yarn and rigatoni noodle, or noodle of your choice. String pasta onto yarn and tie. Make sure you make it long enough to slip over the wearer's head.

Optional steps: Press a flower between two pieces of clear contact paper, then cut a heart shape around the flower. Punch a hole in top of heart and hang from the pasta necklace. Be creative and have fun with it!

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Lily Rose (author) from A Coast on January 16, 2011:

My pleasure!

PaperNotes on January 16, 2011:

Bookmarked this for an activity with my daughter. Thanks

Lily Rose (author) from A Coast on February 17, 2010:

Thanks! I think the crayon hearts are my favorite - they're fun and easy to make and so pretty when completed!

Leslie Jo Barra on February 17, 2010:

Nice ideas. I've done the crayon wax before, but never thought to make a mobile from it.

love on February 14, 2010:

i love this site

martycraigs on February 10, 2010:

The noodle necklaces are super easy and fun, I've always found those to be a hit with kids!

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on February 03, 2010:

easy and creative crafts for kids, i'm sure my niece and nephew will enjoy doing these projects, thanks for sharing.

Handmade-Crafts on February 02, 2010:

These are fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing.

screation on February 01, 2010:

thanks Lily Rose, this hub is like your charming face.

Valentines day is a day that brings to mind romantic dinners, slow dance, and dreamy looks in the eyes of your beloved. But there are little people that have your heart also - your kids. As a child my mom always made sure to have a little something for my brother and I, just to say "I love you." And my dad would get me a flower on Valentine's day every once in awhile - what a way to thrill a little lady's heart.

Lily Rose (author) from A Coast on January 30, 2010:

Why, thank you all! I'm off this afternoon, actually, to start crafting with my kids - we're doing the crayon hearts and many more - fun!

ateenyi from Chicago on January 30, 2010:

Great Hub!!!!!!!

The hub is vibrant, dynamic, and colorful and had got great magnetic attraction. The hub is very much organized and presentation is superb. The thought of valentine day resonates with strong impulse while going through this magnificent hub. The craft of kids are simply effortlessly classic.

Holle Abee from Georgia on January 21, 2010:

What wonderful kid crafts! I will definitely share these!

myawn from Florida on January 19, 2010:

nice hub on crafts for kids good ideas

nikki1 on January 08, 2010:

great hub/ thanx for sharing.

Lily Rose (author) from A Coast on November 30, 2009:

My kids love doing craft projects so I'm always prepared and we're off to an early start for Valentine's Day! I love doing the crayon hearts - I love the anticipation just waiting to see what they'll look like once melted! Thanks for visiting, Don.

dusanotes from Windermere, FL on November 30, 2009:

Great Hub, Lily. I've always wanted to mix up colors of a box of crayons and see what I got. Your way sounds more organized and will get a better result. Thanks for thinking about Valentines Day early enough - and during a holiday season when kids need something to do - to actually churn out some homemade cards. Don White

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