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Who doesn’t just love opening the mail to find a handmade Valentine? No matter who the card is from, it can really brighten anyone’s day. While we think our kid’s DIY Valentines are almost too cute for words this year, we wanted to come up with a fun Valentine craft that could double as a card.  We created our own version of 3-D Valentine card the kids can help make. To make it even easier, we’ve created a printable valentines-day-card template for the “Be mine” card!

Supplies:

Start by printing our valentines-day-card template onto the card stock. Then cut out each card and fold them in half.

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Next, punch a hole on the outer edge of the front and back flap of the folded card. To get the small hole, we used a Martha Stewart hole punch, which we like because it has three different punch sizes, but you can use a regular hole punch if that’s what you already have.

Let the kids help make several large heart punches using the heart hole punch and pink card stock. Then cut several pieces of baker’s twine that are 12 inches long.

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Now you’re ready to make the “eye-heart-u” portion of the card. We started by placing the heart on the baker’s twine first because that made it easier to make sure the google eyes and letter U were placed in the right position. Let the kids place glue dots on one side of one of the heart punches. Then lay the baker’s twine on top of the glue dots, so that the heart is centered in the middle of he piece of twine. Next, place a second heart punch directly on top of the first.

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To attach the google eye, let the kids place glue dots on the back of one google eye. They lay the google eye on the table with the glue side up, and place the baker’s twine on top of it so that the google eye is bout 1/2 inch to the left of the heart. Then place a second google eye on top of the first google eye, sandwiching the google eyes between the twine.

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Lay a “U” sticker with the sticky side up o your work surface. Then place the baker’s twine on top too the “U” so that the “U” is 1/2 inch to the right of the heart. Place a second “U” sticker on top of the first.

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Open the Be mine card and place the “eye-heart-u” baker’s twine on top of the card. Tie the right side of the baker’s twine to the hole on the right side of the card so that the knot is about 1/2 inch from the “U”.

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Next, thread the left side of the baker’s twine through the hole on the left side of the card and then fold the card shut. To finish off the card, tie the two ends of twine together in a bow and place it in a festive colored envelope!

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For more Valentine’s Day craft ideas be sure to check out our kid’s Valentine themed crafts from last year and the year before. There are so many to choose from that you’ll be able to keep those little hands busy all week long!

Happy making!

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Ashley + Hallman

valentine crafts

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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.

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Supplies:

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.

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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 Hearts

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!

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Supplies:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

Conversation Hearts

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.

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Supplies:

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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!

Happy crafting!

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Ashley + Hallman