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To all the moms out there looking for fun crafts to enjoy with the family during the holiday season, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to plan a fun family day with some cool, crafty plans! But with so many amazing Valentine’s crafts to choose from and only one day to enjoy them, it can be hard to find the perfect ones for you and your little love bugs.
In order to make choosing the perfect craft a little easier, here are six of our favorite Valentine’s crafts that we know everyone in your family will have lots of fun making together! Share laughs, construction paper, and silly times – but most of all, share the love!
Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards
Probably the most classic of Valentine’s crafts have to be the homemade Valentine’s Day card. But anyone can admit that it’s classic for a reason! Fun to make and even more fun to give to that sweet someone in your life.
For homemade Valentine’s Day cards, all you really need is construction paper, markers, crayons, scissors, and glue – but don’t be afraid to think outside the box and go a little crazy with your art supplies! It can be fun to throw in some buttons and pipe cleaners, or maybe even a few candy hearts for some more cute, edible decorations.
Or, if you wanna get really crazy, throw in some glitter! You and your little ones can have lots of fun making silly Valentine’s Day cards to trade with each other on February 14th.
Optical Illusion 3D Heart Craft
This is one of the coolest Valentine’s crafts and is incredibly popular with younger and older kids alike! All you need is lined or unlined paper and markers. You may also want to draw a heart and cut it out beforehand to provide a helpful template.
First, trace or draw your heart in the middle of the paper. The unlined paper looks best, but lined paper can be extremely helpful for providing guidelines (especially for young artists). Once your heart is done, take a marker and draw straight lines from the edge of the paper to the outside of the heart.
Then, in the middle of the heart, curve your straight lines up just a little (like a rainbow shape). Make sure the edges of the curved lines meet the edges of the straight lines on the outside of the heart. This will create a cool 3D effect!
You can add in extra lines and colors for a different effect and add more personality to your optical illusion!
Recycled Water Bottle Love Bugs
For these recycled Valentine’s crafts, you’ll need mini water bottles, heart stickers, red or pink pipe cleaners, red or pink paint, googly eyes, glue or a hot glue gun, and paintbrushes. For the stickers, we suggest using foam heart stickers.
First, paint the outside of your mini water bottles with red or pink paint. Then wrap three pipe cleaners around the middle of the bottle, twisting in the center to create bug legs. On the bottoms of the “legs” stick on our glue your foam heart stickers to create feet. Then stick two larger foam hearts on the other side of the bottle to act as wings.
Around the head of the bottle, wrap another pipe cleaner and twist into a coil (this can be done by twisting the ends around a pen or pencil). Glue or stick two more hearts to the end of the coils to finish the antenna.
Screw the lid of the bottle back on and attach googly eyes to the middle of the cap to act as the face and eyes of your lovebug. Now you’ve made the cutest love bugs to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your own lovebugs!
Heart-Shaped Coffee Filter Suncatchers
For these Valentine’s crafts, you’ll need coffee filters, scissors, washable markers, and a water bottle. First, fold your coffee filters in half and cut them into a heart shape. Next, take your washable markers and color your hearts however you want – don’t be afraid to get crazy with colors and designs!
Spray the coffee filters with water in order to moisten them so the colors can mix together, then allow them time to dry. Once they’re fully dry, you can use them to decorate your house for Valentine’s Day by taping them to the window or adding a string to the top to let them hang on display!
A truth all parents and educators know: kids love slime. So, what better Valentine’s crafts are better than fun, silly, heart slime? Not only is it a fun craft to do together, but it’s also a great way to get your kids a little more interested in science and learning!
For this craft, you’ll need ½ cup of clear glue, ½ cup of water, Valentine confetti hearts and glitter, and ¼ cup of liquid starch. For those who choose not to use liquid starch, there are plenty of other recipes online that use saline solution or borax powder instead!
First, mix the water and glue together in a bowl until well combined. Then add in the glitter and confetti – let your kids go crazy with this part! You can never have too much! Mix this in well with your water and glue mixture.
Finally, pour in the liquid starch. The slime should immediately begin to form but keep stirring well until you have a gooey mass of slime with no liquid left. Knead your slime and work it with your hands, then set it aside for a few minutes to let it set and firm up.
Have fun playing in the sticky slime with your little scientists!
Secret Message Valentine
This is by far one of my favorite and coolest Valentine’s crafts I’ve ever seen. For this craft, you’ll need 2 sheets of white paper, one sheet of construction paper, a white crayon, a black marker, watercolor paints, scissors, and a glue stick.
First, fold a sheet of white paper in half so it’s shaped like a card. Cut along the crease, creating two pieces. Fold these in half and cut hearts from the two small pieces of paper. On the second piece of white paper, use a black marker to write a special message that will fit on the heart.
Put your white heart over the black letters (the letter should be visible through the paper). Trace your secret message on the white paper with a white crayon. Next, use your glue stick to attach the paper heart to a piece of construction paper.
Finally, paint the white heart with whatever watercolor paints you want. The white crayon’s wax will resist being covered by the watercolors, revealing your secret message in the paint!
Give to a special sweetheart this Valentine’s Day!
Do you know of more fun Valentine’s crafts for kids and families? Tell us in the comments!
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