DIY Valentine Craft Projects for Kids

[ 2 ] February 3, 2012 |

Whether your children make valentines for their entire the class or a handful for their grandparents and best friend, giving (and receiving) a handmade valentine is super special no matter how big, small, simple, or detailed the heart is.

Making a large number of valentines for your child’s class can seem daunting, but choosing a project that is simple to oversee and appropriate for your child’s skill and age level can be fun and rewarding. When my boys were toddlers, I precut hearts out of paper or used heart-shaped doilies and let them paint or put stickers on each one. Now that they’re older, it’s helpful that they have a longer attention span and can sign their own cards.

If you need to make a large number of valentines for your child’s class, try to prep as much as possible or break down the task over several days to make it a little easier and less stressful. Depending on the size of my boys’ classes combined, we have had to make at times 40 to 60 valentines! That’s a lot of hearts!

Here’s a roundup of previous projects I’ve done with my children:

Stamped Valentines
Make a Love Box
Colorful Hearts
Make a Love Book

More crafty valentine project ideas and ways to celebrate:

Valentine Crush Craft Closeup

Valentine Crush Crackers from contributing writer, Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures

Valentine Garland from made by joel and oh so crafty

Valentine scratch cards (from blossom kids)

Make your own heart shaped crayons (from make and takes) and attach to valentine card (from the Long Thread)

Make heart-shaped potato stamps (from Growing Home) and use them to decorate paper for wrapping paper or a tablecloth or cut the paper into valentines. Heart-shaped cookie cutters also make great stencils for tracing hearts onto paper.

Candy cane hearts(from Skip to My Lou)

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Category: crafts, family matters, holidays

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Valerie says:

    Great ideas! We’re working on 50+ here this weekend!

  2. Dana Forness says:

    I ♥ your valentine ideas especially carving the heart out of the potatoes. I also did the crayon hearts as valentine gifts for my sons classmates last year, but the card print you added is adorable. I will be coming back to your site soon for inspiration. Thanks for sharing your ideas with the rest of us.

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