It’s been quite a year for arts-and-crafts projects, with kids stuck at home, so we imagine now that it’s Valentine’s Day, the craftiest of holidays, you may be in need of some fresh ideas. We’ve shared some great ideas for handmade Valentine’s Day cards, but here are some more crafts that kids won’t have to give away — unless they want to!
For some of the crafts below, we spoke to artist Kelly Lynn Jones, owner of the San Francisco art shop Little Paper Planes (which has since closed), to get her tips for kid-friendly Valentine’s Day DIYs. (Other crafts here came to us by the secret magic of the internet.)
So check out these quick, cheap and easy ideas and then start working on some sweet projects with your littles. And bonus: When you’re done crafting, voilà — instant Valentine’s Day decor.
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Subscription toy company KiwiCo shared this idea, which is just messy enough for kids to get really into it, and personal enough that it will make an excellent gift for grandparents. All you need is a washable ink pad, scissors, glue, and two sheets of paper — card stock if you want to make this feel like a lasting treasure.
Read the full instructions on KiwiCo, (and while you’re at it, check out all their subscription options for everyday arts and STEM activities). And if you need to stock up on supplies, here are some links to help out.
If you hoard holiday gift wrap, this project from Makobi Scribe may be for you. Odds are you have everything — or almost everything — you need already in your home. But the best part? These Valentine’s Day sun catchers are cute, classy and perfect for your littlest kids and your biggest.