On Valentine's Day, we turn the "cheese factor" to 10. Kids give out candy and small trinkets to their classmates, and adults lavish their loved ones with flowers and gifts. But it can also be a time to embrace your creativity with Valentine's crafts! Whether it's homemade valentines or DIY decor, check out these adorable ideas.
Tissue Paper Flowers: These fluffy beauties you don't have to keep in water! I made them once for a stage show (They populated Munchkinland in a bright technicolor fashion). But they could be fun to give to your mom, sweetheart, or whoever you love in your life! You could also decorate your classroom by stapling them to your corkboard.
Go for Garland: If you want to make some Valentine's decorations, make a cute garland out of red, white, and pink pom-poms or hearts. It will spruce up any space that needs a little festive touch!
Paper Heart Wreath: Adorn your front door (or classroom door) with this lovey-dovey wreath of hearts by Shannon at Life Between Summers. If you have little ones who want to help, it could be great practice for their cutting skills. You could even write something you love on each heart!
DIY Valentines Day Card: Whether you're young or young at heart, a handmade Valentine's Day Card is always a good idea. Store-bought cards are way overpriced, and I'm a little convinced this holiday was invented (or at least made popular) by Hallmark anyway. With a couple of different card stock colors, or even construction paper and some glue, you can make a DIY card to remember. Don't be afraid to use different colors and textures too (who could forget the doilies?). If it's someone special, I always like to use a funny photo of the recipient and me or a picture with a fun memory.
Comedy Gold: Another great idea is to go the comedy route. If you share a favorite movie in common (or your kids have a favorite movie), google the movie title and "valentine," and you may just find some inspiration. My favorites were the Les Miserables printable valentines I made one year. Definitely a hit.
Something Sweet: If you (or your child) have to give out valentines for the class, why not turn them into a fun craft? Turn your skittles or M&Ms packets into butterflies (or dragonflies) with a clothespin down the middle, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners for antennae. You could also make heart-shaped wings on your Tootsie Pops and turn them into adorable butterflies.
You Give Me Butterflies: We love this upcycled idea for butterflies with heart wings by Roz at PopTarts and Peonies. Grab some toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls), scrapbooking paper, pom-poms, beads, pipecleaners, and googly eyes and let your creativity do the rest!
Total Eclipse of the Yarn-wrapped Heart: This is an easy craft that little ones can do, too! Cut a heart from cardboard, tape the end of a long strand of yarn (a yard or so will do). Wrap the yarn around the heart, back and forth, covering all the cardboard. When it's full and plush, tie a knot.
Make a Mason Jar: The possibilities are endless with mason jars. You could go the DIY gift route and fill it with date night ideas, all the things you love and appreciate about your sweetheart, or make it a punny candy jar (see below). You could also go the decoration route and use them for adorable votives, picture holders, or flower vases.
Here are some punny candy jar ideas:
Whether you're looking for a simple craft for the kids or a DIY gift for your sweetheart, we hope you're feeling inspired! If you're looking for easier Valentine's day craft ideas for a younger crowd, check out our article on Valentine's Crafts for toddlers.