Valentine’s Day for adults is all about being thoughtful, romantic, and – depending on your partner’s expectations – extravagant. But Valentine’s Day needn’t just be for grown-ups. If you capture their imaginations, kids can join in in celebrating Cupid’s big day too! Making Valentine’s cards, decorations and gifts for friends is a great way to while away an afternoon in February and get children thinking about others while developing their creative side.
Below we’ve put together a top 10 of Valentine’s craft ideas. Among them you’ll find activities for children of all ages, resulting in adorable keepsakes that are guaranteed to be made with love.
Teeny Tiny Matchbox Gifts
These matchboxes filled with Valentine-coloured candies are almost too cute. Simply take an empty matchbox, cover with coloured or patterned paper and adorn with stickers, labels and yarn. Then it’s ready to fill with your choice of treat, red M&Ms, Smarties and heart-shaped candies work especially well.
3D Valentine’s Card
This clever card idea delivers a Valentine’s treat with style. To make it take a photo of your little one holding out a fist to the camera. Once it’s printed you can make a small slit just above and below their hand and pop something through the holes you’ve created. This one shows a lollipop but it could just as easily be a flower, or an artificial flower to last longer. To make it extra fun for the kids incorporate Valentine’s props and funny costumes for the photo shoot.
It’s amazing what a few old egg boxes and cupcake cases can be transformed into. Cut out and snip slits into the egg box cups, then use the lollipop stick to pierce the cardboard and your cupcake case. The real fun begins when you get out the paints, and even glitter and glue, to make your flowers look really special.
What kid doesn’t love a bit of finger painting? After all it involves lots of creativity, and lots of mess! For this simple, sweet design the hand makes the branches, the forearm forms the trunk and tiny little thumb prints make super-sweet heart-shaped leaves. Let your kid choose their favourite colours and then let them go for it! The masterpieces can then be mounted in card to make a really special Valentine’s card or framed to go up on the wall.
You’ve Got Valentine’s Mail!
Getting Valentine’s cards is fun, but getting them in your own Valentine’s mailbox is even better! This one can be made using a large sheet of card, cut and taped into a tunnel shape. The flag tells your kids when there’s been a special delivery and can be attached via a simple brad. Spruce yours up with craft paper or alternatively decorate with paint and stickers.
A Valentine’s Welcome
Finally, having a Valentine’s wreath on your door will help the whole family get into the spirit. Get the kids to pick out different strips of craft paper, the thicker the better, and use either a stapler or glue to stick them into heart shapes. Then use the same method to attach them together to form a circle or oval shape. Finally add a bit of decorative ribbon for hanging and you’re all set to wish the whole neighbourhood a happy Valentine’s day!