From handmade cards made from red and pink tissue paper to pretty pressed flowers and sweet treats, these DIY Valentine’s Day crafts and recipes are sure to warm your kids’ hearts – and keep them busy on those dreary winter days.
Tissue Paper Hearts
Handing out cards to friends and loved ones is a tradition on Valentine’s Day, but instead of having your kids draw and color hearts on folded paper, encourage them to get more creative. Cut up pink and red tissue paper into small squares, and get your kids to scrunch each square into a little ball. Then have them fold rectangles of cardstock in half and draw a heart shape in pencil on each one. Spread glue over the inside of the heart shape, and have them fill the area with the scrunched-up tissue paper. Let the cards dry, and then help younger kids write a little message in the card that’s ready for giving.
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Beat ½ cup of butter and ¼ cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in a drop of vanilla essence and 1½ cups of flour until the mixture is a smooth paste. Roll out the dough to ½ inch thick, cut into 20 to 24 hearts with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, chill for 20 minutes and then bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Once cool, have your kids decorate the cookies with icing and pink and red candies.
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Custom Gift Wrap
If your little one is giving a gift, special wrapping paper will make it even more personal. Cut a large piece of craft paper and have them draw designs like hearts and flowers, or even make pink or red handprints. You can also make simple stamps: Cut out a heart shape from a potato or sponge for kids to dip in paint and push gently onto the paper. Let the paper dry, and then wrap the gift.
Snip some fresh flowers from a bouquet (this time of year, you can find one at the grocery store), and put the flowers face down in a phone book lined with parchment paper. Close the book to weigh it down, and leave the flowers for a few days – no peeking! Open the book and gently remove the preserved blooms. Have your kids mount them on paper and frame them, or, if they aren’t too delicate, use them to adorn homemade cards.
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This tissue paper garland can be used to decorate entranceways and windowsills with cheerful color. Get the template and tutorial here.
What Valentine’s Day crafts do you love to make with your kids? Share your ideas in the comments section!