Valentine’s Crafts

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for a crafty session with the kids – after all there is nothing better than getting a little something made by  someone you love!  We’ve got a large collection of Valentine craft ideas here – something for every age group and ability – so please have a good explore below…

Clothespin Wreath

clothespin wreath cover

Tissue Paper Heart

Tissue paper heart

 Making Kids T-shirts

Macaroni Kid Frame

Macaroni Crafts

 Heart Candle Holder

Crepe Paper Rosettes

Valentines Tea Bags

Heart Bookmark

Wreath of Hearts

Felt Fortune Cookies

Heart Ornaments

3D Heart

3D Heart Cover

Crazy Love

Crazy Love Cover

Heart Stamp

Heart Stamp Cover

CD Candle Holder

Macaroni Jewelry

Paper Flowers

Making Flowers

Sunflower Frame

Worm Art

Pinwheels

Tree Sculpture

Twig Trivet

Egg Shell Frame

Magazine Holder

Clothespin Vase

Swirl Vase

Yarn Wrapped Vase

Sponge Painting

Rorschach Painting

Butterfly Art

Crayon Art

Modern Art

What you need:
• Canvas
• Painter’s Tape
• Acrylic Paint
• Brush
• Scissors

What you do:
• Take the painter’s tape and create designs and shapes by attaching stripes of tape from one end of the canvas to the other. Make sure to rub the tape onto the canvas to really secure so that the paint doesn’t bleed under the tape strips.
•  Pick out 3-4 contrasting colors of paint.
• Fill each geometric shape created by the paint lines with your paint colors in a random pattern.
• Let your painting dry completely  before trying to peel off the tape.
• Once all of the paint is dry, slowly peel away the paint strips. If you need to, touch up any spots with the base color where the paint might have gotten under the tape.
• Display.

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Swirl Vase

What You Need:
• Glass vase
• Acrylic paint in different colors
• Paper towels

What you do:
• Choose one paint color of your choice and squeeze a few drops into the bottom of your vase.
• Twist and turn the vase so that the paint runs down the sides.
• Repeat this process with your other colors until the entire vase is covered.
• For a swirled look, do not let your paint dry between coats.
• Turn the vase upside down on a paper towel to let any excess paint run out.
• Let the vase dry completely for 24 hours.

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Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day History

Every February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of Saint Valentine. You may be wondering, “Who is St. Valentine”? Time to brush up on your Valentine’s history!
Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn’t fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine’s actions he had him put to death.
Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first ‘valentine’ himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it ‘Your Valentine’, words still used on cards today.
Perhaps we’ll never know the true identity and story behind the man named St. Valentine, but this much is for sure…February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages. In fact, Valentines ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent.
Great Britain is the country who is given credit for starting the printing of greeting cards, especially those expressing love, admiration, infatuation and other emotions.
St.Valentine’s Day did not come to America until 1629 but 100 years passed before the first Valentine Cards appeared in the United States.
The colors of Valentine’s Day are: Pink, Red and White for most cards and decorations, but is also on other Valentine commercial items like clothing, stuffed animals, candles, etc.

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Heart Candle Holder

What you need:
• Tissue paper
• Glass jar 
Mod Podge
• Sponge brush

What you do:
• Cut out a strip  of tissue paper that is equal to the width of your jar.
• Cut some tissue paper hearts of different colors and sizes.
• Using a sponge brush, gently brush the Mod Podge around the top and the bottom of the strip of tissue paper.
• When gluing on the hearts, always start your brush strokes from the middle and move out to the edges.
• Cover the entire heart with a layer of Mod Podge.
• Keep adding more hearts until you have finished gluing them all the way around the jar.
• Let it dry.

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Crepe Paper Rosettes

What you need:
• Styrofoam ball
• Crepe paper streamers
• Ribbon
• Sewing push pins
• All purpose glue
• Ruler

What you do:
• Measure your crepe paper strips at 9 x 1  inch.
• Cut.
• Crumple the strips up, to make them softer and more fabric looking.
• Straighten them out.
• Begin to roll. Start small and then get a little looser. Like a real rose.
• Gather the end piece of crepe paper and then add a dab of glue to the outside of the flower, itself, and stick it on the edge.
• Start putting flowers on the ball.
• Use some sewing push pins to adhere the ribbon to the ball.

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Valentines Tea Bags

What you need:
• Tea Bags
• Red Construction Paper
• All Purpose Glue
• Scissors
• Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

What you do:
• Trace your cookie cutter on construction paper.
• Cut two hearts out of construction paper.
• Remove a tea-bag tag.
• At the end of the string, affix two hearts, back-to-back with glue.
• Let it dry.
• Package bags to give as a present or steep one in hot water and serve.

Heart Bookmark

What you need:
• Heavy Card Stock
• Utility Knife
• Construction Paper
• Glue Stick

What you do:
• Create a template of a heart, about 1 1/2 inches wide.
• Cut out with a utility knife, and trace onto heavy card stock.
• Copy it at 80 percent, cut out, and trace onto construction paper.
• Cut out both hearts, and use a glue stick to secure smaller patterned heart to center of the larger one; let dry.
• Trace bottom half of inner heart with a utility knife, cutting through card stock beneath. Then your valentine can slip pages between the hearts.

Wreath of Hearts

What you need:
• Construction paper
• Heart shaped cookie cutters of different sizes
• Red paint
• Glue stick
• Cardboard 9 1/2″ square or larger

What you do:
• Cut a 9″ circle from cardboard.  In the center of this circle, cut out and discard a 5″ circle.  This is the form for your wreath.
• Lay your wreath form down on your work surface face up. 
• Paint the wreath red. Let it dry.
• Trace the cookie cutters on the construction paper. Cut out.
• Glue the hearts on to your cardboard circle, layering and overlapping them.

Felt Fortune Cookies

What you need:
• Red
• Pipe Cleaners
• Scissors
• Glue
• Fortune inserts

What you do:
• On felt, trace 4½-inch circles.
• Cut out the circles.
• Cut pipe cleaners slightly shorter than the width of the felt circle.
• Using glue, adhere the pipe cleaner to the felt.
• Wait 30 minutes.
• Fold the circle in half along the pipe cleaner.
• Bend the two ends of pipe cleaner towards each other, then insert finger to poof out the sides.
• Assemble the fortune cookies. Carefully peel back one flap of the felt cookie, and insert a paper fortune and a few candies. Fold the flap back over to close cookie around contents.

Heart Ornaments

What you need:
• Red-colored felt
• Heart shaped cookie cutters
• Disappearing-ink pen
• Scissors
• Thread

What you do:
• Trace cookie cutters with a disappearing-ink pen on felt.
• Cut out twice.
• Lightly brush glue onto the back sides of colored-felt pieces.
• Sandwich the light-colored piece in between.
• Let dry flat.
• Hang from a length of silver thread, knotting at top.

CD Candle Holder

What you need:
• Candles
• Old CD’S
• Small foil pie tray
• Oven tray
• Access to oven

What you do:
• Place the foil pie tray onto an oven tray. If you can not find a small Pie tray use a metal dish to melt the CD over. Remember to always use Gloves.
• Heat the oven to 350 F.
• Gently place a CD on the foil cup, with the label side up.
• Place it into the heated oven for around 10 Min’s.
• Using an oven glove, push the CD down into the pie tray.
• It should be flexible enough to sink into the tray and shape.
• Allow it to cool and harden.
• Always melt CD’s in a well ventilated area.