When heart-shaped candy boxes take over store shelves and romantic comedies headline movie marquees, it can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! February 14th is a special time of year to celebrate love—not only with your significant other, but also as an entire family! Get your kids excited to spread the love by working on creative Valentine’s Day crafts together.
For inspiration, we’ve pulled together 25 fun Valentine’s Day ideas for kids that are perfect for every age from toddler to preteen. Whether they want to create a simple butterfly pencil valentine for their classmates or a handprint heart tree to hang in your home, they’ll love all of the ways they can be creative this year—and, to make it even simpler to create Valentine’s Day crafts without running to the store, check out our free Valentine’s Day printable crafts.
While spending time with your little boy or girl, don’t forget to have them choose their favorite Valentine’s Day cards to give to their classmates!
25 Valentine’s Day Ideas For Kids
1. DIY Valentine’s Day Box
Help your kids craft a DIY Valentine’s Day box to collect all of the Valentine’s Day cards and candies they received from their classmates! They’ll love the chance to get creative with the colors and materials they can use. This DIY Valentine’s Day box can also make a great keepsake gift option for any special friends in your child’s life, make sure to fill it with special goodies – such as candies, cookies, desserts and a special Valentine’s Day card just for that favorite person.
2. Valentine’s Day Printable Ideas
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day crafts that you can easily make with minimal supplies, download and print these free Valentine’s Day printables. Your kids will love to spend time together making crafts for your home, their classroom or a Valentine’s Day party! Gather up extra supplies and create little gift bags for your child’s other classmates so they can have a unique Valentine’s Day gift.
3. Tic Tac Toe Valentines
Teach your kids how to play tic-tac-toe by designing a cute valentines tic-tac-toe board. Use different tic-tac-toe pieces such as different chocolate candies and or Valentine’s knick knacks, after playing, they can have the chocolate candies as a Valentine’s Day treat. This is a good way to get kid’s problem solving skills active and working while looking forward to an awesome treat at the end of the game.
4. Paper Heart People
This Valentine’s Day craft is easy for kids to do, and the results are adorable. Cut out red paper hearts or people and attach accordion strips, then finish with fun googly eyes or any decorative crafts you have on hand. Use your finished product to create festive Valentine’s Day decorations for your child’s room or decorate your home. This fun and easy idea will get your kid’s excited to decorate for this special holiday.
5. You Rock Valentines
This rocking Valentine’s Day activity is tons of fun for kids. Have them decorate smooth rocks with glittery paint and attach the rocks to a heart-shaped valentine. Great for decorating gardens, kitchens and more; this fun and unique idea makes a great gift for grandparents, moms and dads. Be sure to include any loving personalized messages such as “You Rock!”, “Happy Valentine’s Day”, or “I love you” to make the rock art extra special.
6. Special Delivery Mailboxes
Transform empty juice cans and paper towel cardboard tubes into valentine mailboxes and let your kids decorate them with tinsel, glitter and stickers. This idea is perfect for teachers who have a classroom full of students who are giving one another special Valentine’s cards and gifts. Include a personalized Valentine’s Day card that all the kids will enjoy receiving. Kids will love to open up their very own mailboxes and see that it is full of Valentine’s day cards and goodies.
7. Fishbowl Valentine
If you’re looking for a valentine for your kids to take to school, create a fishbowl Valentine’s Say card filled with fish shaped crackers. The instructions are simple and easy enough to have your child help along with the process. Have your child hand draw a fish bowl on blue paper, add fish shaped crackers to a plastic bag, and staple the plastic bag in the middle of the fish bowl. This is not only an adorable Valentine’s Day idea but it will get your child involved with some festive art projects. Fishbowl Valentine’s Day cards are also a great alternative to candy or sweets.
8. Wooly Valentine
This out of the box Valentine design is also a great way to get your kids involved with arts and crafts process. Just simply use white felt, black card stock and googly eyes to create your own Valentine’s sheep card. Cut the white felt in a shape of a sheep’s body, attach fun googly eyes to the black card stock. You’ll love spending time crafting these with your little one—just don’t forget to add in a cute sheep pun!
9. Foam Heart Wreath
Use special Valentine’s Day foam paper and cut out hearts of different sizes to create a Valentine’s Day wreath. Attach a string to the top of the wreath to make the wreath hang able and add different decorations to make it one of a kind for Valentine Day. This project is a project that is easy to store and is perfect to save and reuse for the next years Valentine’s Day celebration.
10. Personalized Picture Frame
Take a moment with your child to create a memorable personalized picture frame with a photo displayed for a special Valentine’s day gift. This gift will be perfect for moms or grandmother’s as their Valentine’s Day present from the kids in their lives. This gift will make a great Valentine’s day gift for any mother figure in your kids lives.
11. Paper Rose Heart Wreath
For an elegant decoration, create spiral roses out of paper. Glue these hand made paper roses onto a bright red heart for the perfect Valentine’s Day wreath. This DIY will be a sentiment gift, as it was created with someone in mind and is personally hand made just for them. Have your little one think of a special Valentine’s Day quote or personalized message to add to the center!
12. Love Bug Hats
Help your little love bugs create a fun hat to wear on Valentine’s Day. They’ll love to personalize it by adding stickers and other colorful decorations to their paper masterpiece. Make it an activity for the whole family to do while celebrating Valentine’s Day.
13. Valentine’s Day Play Dough
If your kids love making playdough creations, they’ll adore this homemade pink playdough. Skip the trip to the store by using cabinet staples and red glitter to add some sparkle. Have your kids make a playdough creation that would look great on the fireplace mantel beside a picture of a personalized desktop plaque of your child’s favorite Valentine’s Day photo.
14. Little Love Monsters
Who says monsters have to be scary? These adorable little love monsters are made using brightly colored yarn, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. They’re so simple to make that you could even help your little one craft enough for every student in their classroom. To display their little monsters art work, create a personalized clip photo frame with a Valentine’s Day design to showcase their art work.
15. Hair Tie Valentines
Hair tie valentines are both practical and sweet. Add a fun saying like “Our friendship ties us together” and personalize with their friends favorite colors for a sweet Valentine’s Day gift that they’ll love to wear. For additional gifts for girls, browse though Personalized Valentine’s Day gifts for Her to gift your best friend a loving and meaningful gift.
16. Yarn Wrapped Hearts
Yarn-wrapped hearts are a versatile Valentine’s Day craft that can be used in anything from a Cupid’s arrow display to a pink wreath. Let your child pick out their favorite color yarn and cookie cutter shape to make their own yarn craft. Use these yarn wrapped hearts to create a garland that will look great on a wall full of personalized wall art pieces.
17. Paper Plate Yarn Weaving
Creating a string of paper plates in the shape of hearts will also be an excellent decoration for Valentine’s day. It will help teach your kids fine motor strength and hand-eye coordination, in addition to improving their art skills. They’ll look beautiful hanging up in your house! Simple materials such as paper plates, paint, yarn, a stencil and a plastic sewing needle are all you need for this fun craft.
18. Puffy Paint Valentines
Who knew it only takes three common household ingredients to make puffy paint? Just simply add shaving cream, glue and food coloring to a bowl and mix to combine. Your kids will be amazed as they watch these valentine’s puff up into three-dimensional shapes. They’ll also love to create different patterns with the different colors. As an added glittery bonus, add red or pink glitter to make the puffy paint sparkle.
19. Heart Strawberry
These heart-shaped strawberries are as sweet as can be. Kids will love creating their own little adorable heart fruits. If they’re too young to handle scissors, cut the shapes yourself and help them glue the project together. This is a great alternative to the sugary chocolates and sweets typically given out during Valentine’s Day.
20. Heart Shaped Binoculars
Make your kids a fun new pair of binoculars that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Reshape two cardboard paper towel tubes and paint with bright pink and red paint. Add some yard from around the house and you have the perfect prop for a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt!
21. Heart Hedgehog
Your kids will love creating a little hedgehog pet for themselves. To make it Valentine’s Day themed, the hedgehog features heart quills. All you need are simple materials you can find around the house like construction paper, scissors and glue. Make this a fun family event by having each family member create one and display them for your loved ones to see and admire.
21.Valentine’s Day Puzzle Wreath
Create a unique Valentine’s day wreath that you can upcycle from a puzzle. Use a personalized puzzle from Shutterfly that you’ve already had the chance to put together. Keep the pieces as they are for a colorful collage look or paint the pieces pink or red to go with a classic Valentine’s Day theme. With a little bit of glue, assemble the puzzle pieces into a heart. Tie a ribbon to the top and you can easily hang your puzzle wreath anywhere throughout your home. Your kids will love taking the time to put the puzzle together, and they’ll learn a valuable lesson in recycling used games!
22. Valentine Snow Globe
Create your own little winter wonderland with this beautiful snow globe. With simple materials you can find around the house like a mason jar, glitter, or felt, it’s easy for your kids to make this without a trip to the store. First, create a personalized mason jar using Shutterfly, and incorporate a sweet Valentine’s message to make it even more festive. To create a snow globe that makes everything inside swirl around like store-bough snow globes, you’ll need to add a few tablespoons of glycerin into water. Once you have that solution inside your mason jar, you can add glitter, paper confetti, or felt heart designs that look beautiful swirling around when you shake the snow globe.
23. Heart Glitter Jar
Shake up your Valentine’s Day with a heart glitter jar that your kids will love to play with! Create a personalized mason jar with a Valentine’s Day theme and find a lid that fits snugly on top. From there, fill up the jar with water, glitter, and some glitter glue. Similar to a snow globe, the jar will look mesmerizing when you give it a little shake while it’s sealed. The Valentine’s glitter jar could be great Valentine’s Day décor at home or a fun present to bring for their classroom at school!
24. Heart-Themed Puzzle
Give your kids a fun Valentine’s Day activity while also creating fun Valentine’s home décor at the same time! With Shutterfly, you can create a personalized jigsaw puzzle that includes a heart theme or other Valentine’s Day imagery. Upload your own design or choose from our Valentine’s Day puzzle styles where you can incorporate your own images. When you’re done putting together the puzzle, you can seal it with glue and hang it up as décor! The kids will love a fun challenge while also being able to see the puzzle on display when they’re done.
Final Thoughts on Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s day, celebrate with your kids and loved ones with these easy and fun crafts that everyone will love. Taking the time to create a Valentine’s Day gift by hand, and when your Valentine’s Day gift recipient opens your gift, they will know that you and your kids took the time and effort to make this amazing gift.
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