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Arts & Crafts: Holidays > Valentine's Day

Chalk Heart added 8-7-97
Original Author Unknown

Need: Pink Construction Paper, Red and white chalk, Butter knife, Dish pan, and water.

Directions: Cut a heart out of Pink Construction paper. Fill the dish pan with water. Using a butter knife to grate red and white chalk onto the surface of the water in the dishpan. Then gently place the pink heart over the water Pick it up and place it somewhere to dry.

Valentine Mouse added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown

Need: Red, pink, and white Construction paper. Scissors, and glue.

Directions: Cut out a heart 5-6" tall. Turn it upside down, this is the body. Cut a heart 2-3" tall for the head. Glue it to the body. Add small hearts for the ears and smaller ones for the eyes. A heart turned upside down makes the nose and mouth. Cut some strait pieces for whisker, And a long strait piece for the tail. Put a small heart at the end of the tall.

Valentine Flowers added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown

Need: Valentine theme cupcake papers, Pipe cleaners, Green construction paper.

Directions: Take a cupcake paper and pinch the bottom of it. Then take a pipe cleaner and wrap it around the pinched area. Cut some leaves out of green paper and add them to the pipe cleaner.

Extension: Put some playdoh in a baby food jar and have the children place the flowers in the jar like it was a vase. When the playdoh dries they should stand nice. You can also decorate some tissue paper to cover the outside of the bottle.

Window Hearts added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown

Need: Coffee filters, Paintbrush, Red tempera paint, and water.

Directions: Water down red tempera paint in a container. Cut a heart out of the coffee filter. Then take the paint brush and paint the coffee filter with the watered down paint. You do not have to cover the hole thing. Painting only parts of it will give a tie dyed affect. When it is dry hang them in a window. They look great!

Tissue-Box Heart Necklace added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown

Need: String, Tape, Scissors, empty tissue boxes, and a hole punch.

Directions: Cut hearts out of empty tissue boxes. Looks best on flowered and foiled ones. Cut them all different sizes. Then punch a hole in the top of each heart. Cut a piece of string long enough to make a necklace. Put a knot on one end and some tape on the other to keep it from splitting. Then string the hearts on the string. Tie the two ends together. Makes a great gift for Mom.

Foil Heart added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown

Need: Aluminum Foil, Piece of red, white, or pink Construction paper, Glue, scissors, Red paint, and Q-tips.

Directions: Cut two hearts out of aluminum Foil. Glue them on to the piece of construction paper. Have the children paint the hearts with the Q-tips. Makes a sparkly Valentine display.

I Love U Hearts added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown

Need: 2 Colors of Construction paper, Scissors, crayons, yarn, Glue.

Directions: Cut 4 hearts out of one color paper (A), and 2 out of the other (B). Make sure they are all exact. Lay out on a table (vertically) one heart of color A, one heart of color B, then one more heart of color A. Leave a little bit of space between them. Now cover the hearts with Glue. Then place a piece of yarn vertically over the hearts. Now cover the hearts that are laying down with another heart of the same color. When they are dry on the first heart write "I" and the last Heart write "U". Now Hang! :)

Giant Hug added 2-22-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Shelf paper, crayons, markers, collage materials, stickers, etc...

Directions: Give each child a strip of shelf paper approx. 30" long. Trace child's hand
at each end of paper. Cut out. Then decorate the "hugs" with crayon, marker, collage materials, cut out hearts, stickers, etc. Have kids dictate message they want to send home.
Then sing the "Hug Song"
Sung to: "Farmer in Dell"
I made this hug for you
To cheer you when you're blue
Heigh-ho, the derry oh
I made this hug for you!

Puzzle Piece Heart added 1-6-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Puzzle pieces, red paint, cardboard, sequins, child's picture

Directions: Have the children paint the pieces red. Have them glue them on a heart shape piece of cardboard (around the edges). Have them decorate with sequins, etc., take a picture of the child cut out a center and glue in !!!

Valentine Crown added 1-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, tape, glue

Directions: Cut a 2" wide strip of red paper long enough to fit around your head. Tape or staple the ends together. Cut two more strips of paper, each 1" wide and 12" long. Fold one strip in half and make a 2" cut in the center. Glue that strip from one side of the headband to the other. Glue the second strip on so that the band is divided into quarters. Tuck and glue the center of the second strip into the cut of the first. Cut a heart and glue into the center. Decorate the crown with white and pink hearts.

Surprise Valentine Tube added 1-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper towel tube, tape, yarn, tissue paper, aluminum foil, snack food

Directions: Cut a section from a paper towel tube, to make it a little shorter. For a handle, tape the ends of a piece of yarn to the inside of each tube end. Cut and glue a strip of red tissue paper around the edge of each end of the tube. Cut slits in the tissue for fringe. Cover the tube with aluminum foil. Add cut paper hearts. Place a gift or snack food inside the middle of the tube. Stuff the ends with crumpled tissue paper.

Stained Glass Hearts added 1-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: wax paper, crayons, grater, Iron (Adult Only), yarn

Directions: Give each child a piece of waxed paper on which he will shave pieces of crayon using the grater. When they are finished, lay another piece of waxed paper on top of the shavings. Press the children's creations with the iron to melt the crayon. When cool, the children can cut the waxed paper into heart shapes, punch a hole for yarn and hang in a window.

Valentine Wreath added 1-06-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper plate, paint, glue, valentine pictures, hole punch, and yarn

Directions: Instead of the usual Valentine project, try a Valentine Wreath. Cut out the inside of a paper plate. Keep it plain or have them paint it. Have them paste all around the plate with pictures of hearts, cupids, and other Valentine things. Punch a hole in the top of the wreath and pull string through for a hanging device. Have them paste streamers or strings to the back of the wreath. Neat to hang on a door or closet.

Stringing Noodles added 1-30-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Dyed pasta, and string

Directions: Ahead of time dye assorted pasta shapes red, and pink Go here. Do this by using food coloring and rubbing alcohol. Set up pattern for the children to follow or allow them to make necklaces.

Easel Painting added 1-30-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: An easel, easel paper, paint and a marker

Directions: Easel painting on a big heart shape using red. We used a red maker to outline the heart shape, so it was easier to see the shape.

Potato Print Valentines added 1-30-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, paint, potato

Directions: Cut a potato in half and cut a heart shape on one end of the cut ends. Paint the heart shape red and press it onto white paper. Allow the children to make
any pictures they wish.

Valentine Fish added 1-30-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper and glue

Directions: Each child will need one very large heart, one large heart, three middle
sized hearts, and one little one. The very large heart becomes the body. The large heart becomes the tail. The middle sized hearts become the fins on top of the very large heart. Last the little heart becomes the lips of the fish.

Vinegar Hearts added 1-30-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Vinegar, small bowl, brushes, paper, tissue paper

Directions: Pour white vinegar into small bowls. Set out brushes, pieces of white construction paper and small heart shapes from red tissue paper. Let the children brush vinegar on their papers. Then let them cover their papers with hearts. As it dries, the hearts will fall off leaving red heart prints.

Translucent Hearts added 1-30-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: wax paper, vegetable oil, cotton balls, tissue paper

Directions: Cut a large heart shape for each child out of waxed paper. Pour vegetable oil into shallow containers and set out cotton balls. Let the children tear red
tissue paper into small pieces. Have the dip the cotton balls into the oil and brush it over their waxed paper hearts. Then let them press the red tissue pieces all over their hearts until the shapes are covered. The oil will help the tissue pieces stick to the hearts while making the red color translucent.

Corn Syrup Hearts added 1-30-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Wax paper, corn syrup, food coloring, paintbrush

Directions: Cut two large hearts out of waxed paper for each child. Make corn syrup paint by mixing food coloring into corn syrup. Give the children OLD paintbrushes (this is very sticky) and have them paint one of the hearts. When they are done painting, have them put the other heart on top of the painted heart. Let dry for a couple of days and then hang in the window.

Valentine Carnations added 1-16-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Basket type Coffee filters, cotton balls, red paint, pipe cleaners

Directions: Mix some red paint with some water. Dip cotton balls lightly in watered down paint, "sponge" paint on to filter, (try not to get too wet, )bunch at the bottom, wrap pipe cleaner around to hold and use as stem.  Make a bunch.

Valentine Hugs added 1-27-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, white paint, hole punch, scissors, yarn

Directions: Paint children's hands with white paint. Stamp this on red construction
paper hearts. Punch a hole in the bottom end of each heart. Have children spread arms wide and measure this with a piece of yarn and cut. Attach this yarn to each heart. Attach the following poem.

A Valentine Hug For You
Wrap these hands around you whenever I'm away, 
so you can have a hug from me anytime of day!

Finger Painted Heart added 1-27-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, paint or pudding, scissors, marker

Have your child have fun finger painting with finger paint, pudding, etc... on a heart. Make sure to put the name of the child and the date so you remember when it was made.

Valentine Butterfly added 1-27-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, glue, scissors, red and white pipe cleaners

Directions: Cut two red hearts and two smaller white hearts. Matching bottom points of hearts, glue white hearts to top of red hearts. Overlap and glue the bottom tips of the hearts. Twist a red and white pipe cleaner together. Glue to center of hearts to form butterfly's body. Leave 1" of pipe cleaners untwisted at ends for antennae.

Napkin Holder added 2-18-02 Submitted by: Gail Richards

Need: Cereal Box, glue, scissors, collage materials

This idea can be used for many holiday gift ideas. For a Valentine gift make a napkin holders out of cereal boxes. Cut a heart shape to fit the width of a cereal box and traced it towards the bottom portion of the box leaving 2 inches at the bottom. Place the heart on both sides of box to trace and cut. So basically what you are doing is cutting away the sides of the cereal box making sure you leave a 2 inch depth at the bottom to hold the napkins in. Then give the napkin holder to the children to decorate with collage materials.

Valentine Dolls added 1-6-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, glue, scissors, pipe cleaners, lace doily, tongue depressor, crayons, markers

Directions: Valentine dolls can be made with a small heart for the head glued onto a tongue depressor or Popsicle stick for the body.  A small lace doily can be used for a dress or pants and shirt. Pipe cleaners for arms and legs.  Have the children add facial features with a crayon or marker.

Heart Headband added 1-6-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: Heavy paper, construction paper, heart cookie cutters, scissors, tape, pipe cleaners

Directions: Make a headband out of heavy paper for each child.  Trace 2 heart cookie cutters onto pink or red construction paper for each child and let the children color and cut them out.  Tape them to pipe cleaners to make antennae and attach to headband.

Valentine Crown added 1-13-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper plate, red poster paint , paintbrush, scissors, white glue, newspaper, conversation hearts candy

Directions: Cut a slit across the middle of the plate, starting about 1 inch inside the outer rim and stopping about an inch inside the rim on the opposite side of the plate. Starting in the center of the plate, cut four more slits to create six pie-shaped sections.  Fold the sections up to make a crown. Paint the plate red on both sides and let it dry. Decorate the crown by gluing conversation hearts on each point.

Valentine Placemat added 1-26-04 Submitted By: Janet Reiher

Need: Red paper, paint, liquid paper correction pen, laminate or contact paper

Directions: Cut a large heart from red 12 x 18 construction paper.  Paint the child's hands with white paint, press each hand onto the red heart.  Write the child's name and the date with liquid paper correction pen.  Let dry and laminate.


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