Valentine’s Day Kids Craft Ideas

Valentine’s Day can be a great excuse for a children’s craft project. It also gives a chance to teach children to take the time to do something special for their friends.  Here are some easy and simple craft ideas that can all double as Valentine’s Day cards.

 

Love Rocket

 

What you make:

This project makes a candy filled rocket.  It is simple and easy and makes a great Valentine treat for children or even coworkers.

What you need:

  • Scissors
  • Lightweight card stock or craft paper. Red for the rocket’s flame and any color desired for the body
  • Double sided tape
  • A roll of candy per Valentine. (Think roll of Lifesavers or mints)
  • A foil wrapped Hershey’s kiss for the point of the rocket.  (One per Valentine and a few extras to snack!)
  • A marker

How you do it:

  1. First create the body of the rocket. Cut a square of paper or card stock to fit around the roll of candy with a bit of overlap. Roll it snugly around the roll of candy and use double sided tape to secure.
  2. Cut flames from the red paper or card stock. Leave a ¼ inch rectangular tab on the end of the flames. Cut in the middle of that tab and fold the two sides of just the tab in opposite directions. Use double sided tape to secure the slit tab to one end of the candy roll.
  3. Use double sided tape to secure the foil wrapped Hershey’s kiss to the other end of the rocket
  4. Use a marker to write a message on the body of the rocket and the flames.  The rocket can say something like “You’re a blast!” or “Happy Valentine’s Day” and the tail can have the recipient or sender’s name or both.

Playing Card People

 

What you make:

This project creates adorable treat bearing playing card people.

What you need:

  • Playing cards (one card “of hearts” per Valentine) You can also use rectangular pieces of card stock and stamp them with hearts to resemble playing cards.  A letter “A” stamp paired with a heart stamp makes everyone’s Valentine an easy Ace.
  • One thumbtack or straight pin per Valentine
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Stick on “googly eyes” from a craft store
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black pen
  • Lollipops (can use wrapped licorice sticks, pixie sticks etc. instead)

How you do it:

  1. Use the tack to poke arm and leg holes in each card. The arm holes should be about an inch from the top on either side and the leg holes should be an inch from the bottom.
  2. For the arms, fit the ends of one pipe cleaner through the upper holes from the back of the card. Fit the other pipe cleaner through the lower holes to create legs. Bend the ends of the legs to shape feet.
  3. For a head, cut a heart shape out of construction paper. Glue on googly eyes and draw on a nose and mouth. Then, glue the head to the front of the card.
  4. Finally, wrap one arm around the lollipop stick. If you want to include a Valentine’s message, write one on another paper heart and fit it on the tip of the valentine’s free hand. You can also cut the paper for the message to resemble a book or anything else.

Glow Stick Arrow Charm

 

What you make:

This project makes a simple and cute glow stick keepsake.

What you need:

  • Card stock
  • Skinny shake and break glow stick (8 inch rope bracelets work perfectly)
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

How you do it:

  1. Cut a heart into the card stock. Punch a hole on each side of the heart. Write a message (like “you make my heart glow”) on the heart.
  2. Punch a hole in each side of the card stock. Insert the glow stick through the front of the card on one side and have it come out again from back to front on the other side.
  3. Cut two smaller card stock hearts. Use one heart as the point of the arrow and one as the “tail”.

Paper Planter

 

What you make:

This project creates a Valentine that shares friendship now and pretty flowers later.

What you need:

  • Packet of seeds
  • Double sided tape
  • Marker(s)
  • Card stock (terra cotta colored  for the “pot” and assorted colors for the hearts)


How you do it:

  1. Cut a pot shape from folded card stock so it makes 2 pots that are connected at the bottom by a fold.
  2. Cut little hearts and write a message on one or two and tape them to the flower seed packet.
  3. Open up the “pot” and tape the flower seed packet so it appears to be sticking out of the pot like a flower.
  4. Write a message on the lower half of the pot and refold.
  5. Secure the pot with more double sided tape.

For more Valentine’s Day craft ideas, read:

Valentine’s Day Kids Craft Ideas – Continued

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