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Heart to Heart: How to make 6 easy Valentine's crafts for kids

Lisa O'Keeffe

18 December 2020

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With Valentine's Day approaching, it's time to get started on some heart-themed crafts. From cute cards to toilet-roll crafts, these easy Valentine's Day craft ideas are perfect for little kids to try, and you'll have plenty to deliver to friends, family and neighbours. As always, we've picked crafts that need very few supplies, so you won't need to clear out your local craft shop to get started. Simple, fun and full of hearts - let's get started with these 6 Valentine's crafts for kids.

  1. Pop-up Card

An easy Valentine's Day pop-up card craft

This Valentine's Day Card design might look impressive, but it's really simple for the kids to make. You could swap the teddy bear for any other animal, and customise the Valentine's Day message to say whatever you like - the best thing is that this easy pop-up card can be used for lots of occasions, like birthdays, Mother's Day and Christmas too. 

Things you'll need:

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heart Stamps

Easy toilet roll tube heart stampers

If you've always got toilet rolls tubes to hand (let's face it, who doesn't?!), then you're pretty much all set to try these homemade Valentine's heart stampers! You only need a few things to get started, so it's perfect for a bit of impromptu crafting - and hopefully not too messy either!

Things you'll need:

Here's how to make it:

  1. Exploding Hearts

A simple Valentine's science experiment with glue and baking soda

If you love at-home science experiments, this is definitely one for you! Using just a handful of supplies, you can watch as your heart shapes fizz before your eyes. Perfect for younger kids with an interest in science, and you can try other shapes too. 

Things you'll need:

  • Plain card (you might want to lay some newspaper underneath!)
  • PVA Glue [Buy now on Amazon]
  • Baking Soda (or bicarbonate of soda like you use for baking)
  • Malt Vinegar
  • Red food colouring [Buy now on Amazon]

Here's how to make it:




More easy Valentine's Craft ideas from our friend Kate at Crafts on Sea:

  1. Coloured Rice Hearts

    How to make 3 easy heart-shaped Valentine crafts for kids

    Recently as part of our families drive to cut down on plastic I've banned glitter from our house - it gets stuck to the kids' hands, gets washed down the sink and ends up in the ocean. I'm not going to lie, this was hugely unpopular with my daughter who probably loves glitter more than she loves me (or we're at least on an even keel). Coloured rice isn't quite the same, but it's cheap to make and you can create as many colours you like, plus if you have any leftover then it's great for sensory play. The day before just pop some rice in a bowl and then add a few drops of food colouring in, giving it a stir with a spoon - don't use your hands or you'll spend the rest of the day washing pink and blue off your fingers. Leave it to dry overnight and it should be dry and ready to use by the next day. To decorate the kids' hearts they covered them with glue and then sprinkled on the rice, at four my daughter was happy just to sprinkle the colours and mix them up while my son tried to make a pattern on his of some smaller hearts.

    Things you'll need:

    - Uncooked rice
    - Food colouring, in as many colours as you'd like
    - One bowl for each colour of rice
    - A spoon for stirring
    - PVA glue
    - Red card, cut into a heart shape

    A boy ready to decorate his Valentines crafts hearts

  2. Scrunched Tissue Paper

    Tissue paper is a really nice material for kids to craft with, they can tear it into pieces themselves, it makes a nice sound when you scrunch it up and it brings a nice bit of texture to a craft. Choose a variety of Valentine's colours for your kids to craft with and then set to work tearing scrunching and glueing until your heart is filled. I'd recommend using a tray under your kids' crafts for this, for the rice it's handy for the mess but I have known the dye in tissue paper to leak onto my table before and it's not fun to try and get that out! If you'd like to try 'bleeding' your tissue paper we've made these tissue paper fish before which would be a good craft to adapt if you're using the white card.

    Things you'll need:

    - Tissue paper, in a variety of Valentine's colours (we used pink, purple, red, cream and gold!)
    - Red card cut into a heart shape
    - PVA Glue
    - A tray to work on

    A little girl scrunching up tissue paper for an easy Valentines craft

  3. Paper Straws

    Paper straws are pretty but they're also a great way to help develop your kids' scissor skills (and increase the strength in their hands if they're tricky to cut!). Similarly to the coloured rice, my daughter was happy to just pop a load onto her heart while my son wanted to make his into a pattern - making it a great activity whatever their age.

    Things you'll need:

    - Paper straws in a range of patterns, (try your local supermarket)
    - Scissors
    - Red card, cut into a heart shape
    - PVA glue

    A girl sticking straws to her heart Valentines craft

    Will you be making some homemade Valentines crafts with your kids this year? Let us know in a comment below, or find more arts and crafts ideas on our blog!

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