Valentine’s Day is coming up! Now that I have an elementary school child, we face the challenge every year of what to give to her classmates. Here are some favorite ideas we’ve made over the last few years!
For some of these crafts I used an old Cricut machine to make the shape cutouts more simple, but you could do it by hand, or buy pre-made shapes at the craft store.
When my daughter was really little I let her color her own valentine’s day cards. Using card stock, I cut a big heart in one color (I used a variety of valentine’s day colors like red, purple, and pink). Then I cut a smaller heart in white card stock. I used the Cricut machine to cut the “Love” word cutout from the white paper. You could also look for paper punches, or even stickers. I gave my daughter some crayons in valentine’s day colors and let her decorate the white paper. Then I used a glue stick to glue the white heart on the colored heart. Don’t forget to sign her name somewhere! We did it on the back, but you could also put it on the front.
Similar to the heart above, I cut out 2 butterfly shapes in different sizes and colors. I used the template from here https://www.skiptomylou.org/printable-butterfly-valentine/. I printed a bunch on plain white paper. Then I printed out one more in a slightly bigger size (use your print settings to scale to a higher percent until you like the difference). Then I used that larger size as a template to cut out from glitter card stock in bright valentine’s day colors. Glue them together with a glue stick. I used a hole punch on the pre-marked holes. Then add googly eye stickers to tootsie pops and poke them through!
This valentine looks like those conversation heart candies, but it’s a pocket with candy inside! I cut out 2 hearts of the same size in valentine’s day colored card stock. Then added stickers for the words (you can tell I used different font and size stickers here because finding a ton of the same was difficult). I punched holes along the edge used a simple hole punch. Then I laced white yarn on a plastic needle and had my daughter lace around the cards. Before it was fully closed we put a piece of candy inside! Then I tied at bow on the back so they can easily open and get their candy back out.
This is the easiest valentine! We did these when my daughter was in her slime phase. I bought Valentine’s Day slime from Oriental Trading company. It even has little heart glitter shapes inside. Warning: when you buy bulk slime it does tend to be more watery. My daughter likes it, but it is more messy. You can also make your own, but then you have to buy containers anyway. I liked that this was pretty much done for me! Then I got on my computer and made a simple red circle to the right size with the words “Happy Valen-Slime Day! From Ella”. I printed out a bunch and cut them buy hand. Then glue them to the top of the container. I used Modge Podge, but have found it’s starting to peel up, so I’d recommend a glue stick instead.
These valentine love bugs took a little more work, but were definitely the cutest! I bought a bunch of multi-colored pom poms at the craft store. I cut some pipe cleaners short, folded them in half, and glued the middle folded part to the top of a pom pom. On the ends of the pipe cleaners I wrapped them around some little open heart glitter that I found. If you don’t add the heart glitter to the ends, it’s still important that you fold the pipe cleaners down to avoid sharp pointy ends! I glued googly eyes to the face. Then I glued heart stickers on the bottom for feet. For glue, any craft glue should work, but I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue. We used varieties of colors for fun. You can also attach them to a valentine card, or add a little slip of paper with the recipient and your name.