Hearts, hearts and more hearts! We love hearts and so do our kids. They love drawing them, cutting them, punching them out and occasionally dotting i’s with little hearts. With Valentine’s day just a few days away, we came up with a few fun heart crafts that are really easy to make with your kids.
Heart Balloon Cards
We love to make DIY Valentines with our kids and these heart balloon cards are so simple you could make them for an entire class or pop them in the mail for a few friends and family! All you need is a heart punch and some baker’s twine to make these sweet cards.
- White folding cards
- Envelopes in the color of your choice (we chose red to coordinate with our hearts)
- Colored card stock (we used reds and pinks)
- Small heart punch
- Baker’s twine
Use a small heart punch to punch out hearts in any color of card stock. Once you punch the hearts out, make a crease in the middle of each heart. Glue the hearts onto the card in clusters, only putting glue on the back of the crease.
Use baker’s twine to make a string for each balloon. Start by glueing the twine at the base of each heart. Using a small amount of glue, continue to adhere the twine to the card stock until it reaches the bottom of the card. We used reds and pinks for our hearts, but they would also look cute in rainbow or neon colors. Paper Source’s small cards and envelopes are perfect for this craft, but Michael’s also has a good selection of blank cards and envelopes.
Confetti always looks festive so why not use it to create a colorful valentine for someone special? This craft works best with confetti made with a hole punch and card stock, which was a particularly fun activity for our kids!
- 1 sheet of white card stock
- Several sheets of pastel colored card stock or construction paper
- Hole punch
- Elmer’s glue
- Baker’s twine
- Heart cookie cutters in varying sizes (optional)
Start by making confetti from the pastel colored card stock with the hole punch. Your kids will love making their own confetti. Trace hearts onto the white card stock using the cookie cutters. If you don’t have heart cookie cutters you can draw the hearts free hand, directly on the white card stock.
Fill in the hearts completely with glue and sprinkle the confetti over the hearts. Once the glue is completely covered with confetti let the glue dry.
To make the hearts look like balloons, you can glue pieces of baker’s twine onto the card stock; starting at the base of each heart and running down to the same point at the bottom of the page.
While we love coming up with our own crafts with the kids, sometimes we do need a little inspiration. Seedling crafting kits are perfect for times like these! Some of you may have seen our DIY Valentine mobile last week where we made a heart mobile from Seedling’s Make your own Dream Catcher kit. We had so much fun with their dream catcher kit that we were inspired to use another kit for a quick kids valentine craft. Using their Jewelry Designer kit, we crafted these Valentine conversation hearts that can be strung on a necklace, hung like an ornament or even given away as a simple Valentine.
- Seedling Jewelry Designer Kit
- Rolling pin
- Heart cookie cutters in varying sizes
- Alphabet stamps
- Skewer (if you want to string the hearts on a necklace or hang as ornaments)
- Baker’s twine or ribbon
Follow the baking instructions included in the kit, and heat your oven to the appropriate temperature. Then begin working the clay from the kit in your hands until it softens. This may take a while, but it will soften enough for you to work it into a round ball. Once the clay is in a ball, place it on a smooth surface and use the rolling pin to roll the clay out into a disk about 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick. This is a great activity for the kids to do! Using heart cookie cutters, cut hearts out of the clay and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
If you’d like to string the hearts onto a necklace to hang them as ornaments, use a bamboo skewer to poke a hole through the top of each heart. Next, using the alphabet stamps, stamps words into the hearts. We went with traditional conversation heart messages like “be mine” and “kiss me”, but have fun with the stamps and get creative! Bake the clay according to the instructions, let cool completely and give your heart away to someone special!
Ashley + Hallman