Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start thinking of arts and craft ideas for kids or yourself. Whether it’s making Valentine’s Day cards in school or doing more sophisticated activities such as making a Valentine’s Day tote or an ornament or necklace, there are plenty of ways to be creative. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do or teach your kids to do on this fun holiday.
One great activity for your young one is to create translucent crayon hearts. Every kid enjoys doodling around on paper and this is the perfect opportunity to create some handmade sun catchers that will brighten up any room. As instructed by craft queen Martha Stewart, this crayon craft involves using wax paper, kraft paper to protect the wax paper, an iron, and crayon shavings. To do this activity, you fold a piece of 12 by 16 inch wax paper in half first. Open up the paper and spread out the crayon shavings evenly on either half of wax paper. You then fold the paper in half again. Make a crease on the three edges so the shavings do not fall out. Lay a piece of kraft paper on top of the wax paper to protect it and iron it until all of the shavings are melted. As you make each pass make sure to check the wax paper. Once the shavings are melted take off the kraft paper and let cool. After the paper has cooled, you can use a stencil to create the hearts. After the hearts are drawn, cut them out and use a pin to thread string through the top of the hearts to hang up. While in the picture the hearts are pink, red, and orange, you can always be creative in what color of hearts you make them. This activity is great for kids 5 and up with adult supervision.
When it comes to teens, there are many craft options to choose from. By this time in life, boys are starting to chase girls and vice versa. A great art project for teens on this day is to create a captive heart necklace or ornament. Boys can write a secret message on a sheet of paper and place a chocolate heart in it for the girl they admire, or girls can make it for their BFFs or mom. It does take some skill with the wiring, but as long as you stick to the instructions, it is very simple to do. Whatever the reason or person it is intended for, this heart necklace is a great way to show admiration and genuinity to someone.
Valentine’s Day never gets old, even for adults, and likewise, you’re never too old to create a handmade gift. A great way to be different this Valentine’s Day is to make your very own keepsake for your special someone. While browsing through Pinterest, I came upon several unique ideas for keepsake ideas. However, the one that stuck out the most was a handcrafted book of “52 Reasons I Love You.” How easy would it be to make a little book featuring 52 reasons why you love your significant other? Directions and a tutorial can be found here. Creating this playing card-themed booklet will definitely get you to think long and hard about how amazing and unique your loved one is.
This article is by Kelsey Schultz, who works for an online costumes company that sells costumes for adults, as well as Halloween costumes for kids. She is very excited for Valentine’s and has already picked out the perfect deck of cards for the booklet craft.
I was financially compensated for this post.