Most families these days just don`t have the time to spend hours on decorating and creating for Valentine`s Day. That doesn`t mean you can`t enjoy making some love-filled crafts with your kids, though. Here are five quick and easy things that you can whip up with your children in no time at all.
- Valentine Message Pouch
For this fun craft all you need is a rectangle of white or red felt, 3”x6” and two or three small hearts cut out of red, white or pink felt. That and a needle and thread, plus some glue, are all you need to turn out a very cute little pouch that can hold some love messages.
First, fold the rectangle in half. Sew up the sides with a whipstitch and knot off at the top of each side. Next, use a hot glue gun or craft glue to add the hearts on the front. Tuck in a folded love letter and you have the perfect Valentine.
- Sweet Hearts Frame
This craft requires a bag of those sweet candy hearts, glue and a thrift store picture frame, the plainest you can find. Glue the hearts around the frame, overlapping some if you want to cover it completely. Add a photo of yourself and give to your sweetheart!
- Love Tin
You`ll need an empty mint tin and some pink or red spray paint for this craft, plus a permanent marker. Altoids mint tins work well, or you can buy a craft tin.
Spray the tin with paint until it is thoroughly covered and let dry. Draw little hearts with permanent marker or write some romantic lines like, “Be Mine”. Fill it with mementos, candies or love notes before giving it to your Valentine.
- Beaded Valentine Hearts
For smaller children, this is a simple craft that only requires a white pipe cleaner and a supply of pony beads in red, white or pink, or all three. Have the child push the beads onto the pipe cleaner until everything but a half inch on each end is covered. Twist the two ends tightly together and then shape the loop into a heart. A simple, yet special Valentine gift that is easy to make.
- Friendship Journal
This craft requires a hardcover notebook and either some Valentine themed wrapping paper or a sheet of paper decorated with markers by your child. You will also need clear contact paper and glue.
Cut the decorative paper to just a bit larger than the book cover, front and back. Glue it down and let dry before trimming. Alternatively, you can fold the excess into the cover and glue it so it wraps around the edges.
Cut the contact paper so it is a quarter inch larger than the book and carefully press it down over the wrapping paper. Notch the corners and fold around the edges of the notebook cover. Press out any air bubbles and trim as needed. This can be given along with a nice pen as a cute gift.
Just because this overly hyped holiday is rapidly approaching doesn`t mean you need to spend too much time and money trying to come up with some gifts. Often simpler is better!