Homemade valentines are the best kind! Especially when made by little hands. In this blog post, I have compiled a handful of fun Valentine’s Day crafts that can be used for wrapping, gifts or sweet keepsakes. My girls and I plan to do several of these and I’m sure their grandparents will be happy about it. Happy crafting!
Thumbprint Heart Magnets
Press thumb into a fingerprint ink pad. Gently press thumb with ink onto your white cardstock. Press thumb into a finger ink pad again to reapply ink. Tilt thumb slightly and press down again to make a thumbprint heart. Allow fingerprint ink to dry before moving on to step 2.
Place a drop of clear-drying glue on the back (flat side) of the glass gem. Don’t use too much or it can smear the thumbprint heart. A little bit goes a long way. Put a glass gem on top of the fingerprint heart, glue side down. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
Use a pair of small scissors to trim and cut away paper around the glass gem. It doesn’t need to be perfect. If paper lifts away from the glass gem, glue it down again in the next step.
Use a foam brush to paint clear drying glue on top of the heart art paper on the back of the glass gem. Go over the edges of the paper to make sure they are glued down. (Omit the Mod Podge if you want to use the adhesive backed magnets like we did) Place glass gem glue side down onto a magnet and allow thumbprint heart magnets to dry overnight.
Source: Rhythms of Play
Heart Symmetry Painting
Sturdy Paper (use card stock leftover from the thumbprint heart magnets)
Paint in 2 or more colors
Paint Brush for each color of paint
Cut your paper into hearts of any size by folding a sheet of paper in half and cut half a heart along the fold. Open to reveal your full heart paper. Repeat as desired.
Use a paintbrush to add drops of paint to one side of the heart paper.
Carefully fold the second half of the heart paper over the paint and press.
Squish the paint sandwich all over with your hands.
Open up the heart to reveal your unique symmetrical heart art!
Hang your hearts or lay them out to dry fully. Here are our heart paintings on the
drying/display wall in the studio. Don’t they look great?!
Source: The Artful Parent
Shake It Up, Baby!
No Mess Paint Activity
Start by cutting your white card stock to fit your jar. I cut mine in half (8.5″x5.5″) and it fit perfectly.
Add a few drops of paint to the bottom of your jar. Just a couple of drops will do! Carefully slide the paper inside and wrap it around the sides. Add 5-6 candy hearts (or dried beans). Close the lid securely. Invite your kids to shake it up!
Let them make noise, shake, and shimmy as much as they want. When they are done, carefully remove the paper and allow it to dry.
Once it is completely dry, cut out heart shapes in any size you’d like. You can use these alone for cute little Valentine cards, gift tags or make a collage by gluing them to the pink card stock.
Source: Sunny Day Family
Start by cutting a heart frame out of your paper – just fold the sheet of paper in half, cut out a large heart and then cut a smaller heart out of the large one to create a window. Cut a piece of contact paper that is larger than the heart, lay the heart on top of the contact paper and trim off the excess.
Since the Contact paper is sticky it won’t take much pressure for your child to apply their decorations. Today I also discovered that he has a lot of love for glitter!
When your child is finished decorating their heart, cut another piece of
contact paper and lay it over the top to seal in the all of the “pretties.”
Trim any excess contact paper and hang in a sunny window.
Source: Happiness is Homemade
Print the ladybug template and set aside.
Paint the child’s hand with the red paint and press onto the white construction paper, making sure you get every finger and the palm of the hand pressed down. Lift straight up in a swift motion. Repeat with the opposite hand. Set aside to dry.
Once dry, cut out the handprints and lay on top of the ladybug body, positioning the thumbs inward. Once positioned, use the tip of the scissors to poke a small hole at the top of the handprint and through the back of the template.
Use the glue stick to affix the printable to the red construction paper.
Take a craft brad and poke it into the hole from the top so you can see the brad head from the ladybug side. Repeat with the other side. Flip over and flatten out the sides of the brad to secure.
Use the black paint to create lady bug spots on the red hand prints. Let dry.
Source: Fun Handprint Art Blog
Heart Art Painting
Squirt glitter glue onto one plate and paint onto another.
We decided to just use pink paint, but you could use several colors.
Dip the heart shaped cookie cutter into the paint and then stamp it onto the canvas.
Dip it into the glitter glue and repeat.
Keep adding more heart stamps to your canvas until you are happy with your design.
Leave your artwork to dry.
Great for a keepsake or a gift. You can paint all kinds of things using this easy painting technique. Brown paper bags can be turned into gift bags and large sheets of paper can be turned into beautiful wrapping paper.
Source: Messy Little Monster
Bubble Wrap Painting
Cut the bubble wrap into small hand sized pieces.
Squirt a little paint in your chosen colors onto a small plate.
(If doing this craft with toddlers that are still putting things in their mouths you may want to opt for children’s paint rather than acrylic paint.)
Be selective with your colors — 3 or 4 complimenting paint colors works perfectly.
To get started, invite your preschooler or toddler to start painting the bubble wrap. They can either do this with a paintbrush or by dipping their bubble wrap into paint.
Next, place the bubble wrap paint side down onto the wooden picture frame and apply pressure. Continue with various colors until you are happy with the result. Allow the picture frame to dry.
To finish up this picture frame craft, help your preschooler or toddler write a fun message on a piece of white card stock and then place it inside the picture frame. If they are too young to write a message you could write letters for them to trace over or add a fingerprint heart inside instead.
Source: Messy Little Monster
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