4 Handmade valentines kids can make

Feb 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Kids have so much fun giving out valentines to each of their classmates. This year, help your child put some heart into those valentines with handmade ideas they can make themselves. They will be so proud to pass out their very own handmade valentines!

Cute as a button valentine

Button Valentines

What you'll need:

  • card stock
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • buttons
  • glue

What you'll do:

  1. Draw a heart with a scalloped edge onto some card stock, then cut out the heart.
  2. Put a dab of glue on the back of each of the buttons.
  3. Glue the buttons to the card stock, filling in the center of the heart.

Thumbprint valentine

Thumbprint Valentines

What you'll need:

  • card stock
  • red, pink and purple craft paint
  • paper plate
  • a marker

What you'll do:

  1. Cut an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock in half crosswise.
  2. Fold the piece of card stock in half to make the card.
  3. Put a small amount of craft paint on to the paper plate.
  4. Dip your child's thumb in the paint.
  5. Press your child's thumb on to the front of the card at a slight angle, then rotate your child's thumb and press it into the paper again, overlapping the bottom part of the thumb print to form the heart.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 alternating between paint colors until you have several hearts on the front of the card.
  7. Once the paint has dried, use the marker to draw an arrow through the hearts.

Lollipop valentine

Lollipop Valentines

What you'll need:

  • Dark pink, light pink and green construction paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • hole punch
  • a lollipop

What you'll do:

  1. Cut a flower shape out of the dark pink construction paper.
  2. Cut a smaller flower shape out of the light pink construction paper.
  3. Cut a leaf shape out of the green construction paper.
  4. Use your hole punch to punch a hole in the center of the flower shapes, and at one end of the leaf shape.
  5. Lay the smaller flower shape on top of the larger flower and slide it onto the lollipop handle.
  6. Slide the leaf shape onto the lollipop handle under the flower shapes and then secure it in place with tape.
  7. You can write a valentine message on the leaf.

Heart-shaped doily valentines

Doily Valentines

What you'll need:

  • heart shaped doilies
  • colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • markers

What you'll do:

  1. Use your scissors to cut a heart shape out of construction paper.
  2. Glue the construction paper heart to the center of the heart shaped doily.
  3. Once the glue is dry, have your child write their valentine message on the construction paper heart.
Image credit: Amy Vowles

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