Valentine’s Day Crafts

Who is Ready to Fall in LOVE with a Craft?

As promised, our team is sharing a few great crafts to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Grab your supplies and your loved ones and enjoy a hands on experience!


CRAFT 1: MARBLED HEARTS

There is something special about making marbled art. It’s a favorite with kids of all ages because they get to get their hands messy while making the art. It’s a favorite with mom’s because it’s a fairly easy craft to setup with beautiful results! I use shaving cream – make sure to purchase a can of foam NOT GEL shaving cream. Here are the instructions:

  • SUPPLIES
    • 1 can of foam shaving cream.
    • 8 x 11 Card stock white paper
    • Colored card stock paper (if you want)
    • Food coloring or liquid water color paint (I used food coloring)
    • Butter Knife or scraper
    • Skewer or chopstick
    • Nice sized casserole/cake dish ( 9 x 14 or 9 x 16)
  • INSTRUCTIONS
    • Fold one sheet of your card stock paper in half to make a folding card. On the cover, draw a heart and cut it out. This is your heart template. You want to make sure it will fit onto the cover of a standard 8 x 11 card or whatever sized card you want to end up with. Trace the heart shape onto more card stock as for as many cards as you want to make.
    • Cut out the hearts. This is a great thing to have the kids doing while you prepare the shaving cream!
    • Lay a bunch of newspaper around the table you are using as the food coloring will stain if that is what you are using! Fill half the dish with shaving cream.
    • Using the food coloring, drop 3 drops of each color you want about 2” apart from each other. Remember these will blend so be mindful of what colors you want to end up with!
    • Using the skewer or chopstick, gently swirl the dye. DON’T OVER MIX! You want distinct colors!
    • Get your heart shape and place the paper onto the colored shaving cream. Just lay it on top and then lift it up. We found the color stayed on the card better if we left the shaving cream on the heart for a minute or so.
    • When ready, get the butter knife or scraper, and scrape off the shaving cream from the heart shape. This will leave the color on the card in neat marbled designs.
    • Let your hearts dry for a day and then glue them onto the front of your card. For added fun, paste your marbled heart onto a piece of contrasting card stock and then place on the front of your card. I like putting ours on black to make the marbling really pop!
    • Write your Valentine’s message on the inside and deliver!

      Shaving Cream Art
      The kids had so much fun with this hands on craft!

CRAFT 2: THREAD HEARTS

I found this on Pinterest and had a lot of fun. It was a bit more time consuming than I expected but the results are pretty cool. This is also a great way to get rid of any left over embossing thread or yarn you haven’t used.

  • SUPPLIES
    • Card stock (8x 11 or whatever size you want the cards to be)
    • Embroidery floss or yarn of whatever color you like.
    • An embroidery or yarn needle
    • A pencil

      Fun with thread for Valentines Day.
      Our finished product, beautiful Valentines Day hearts!
  • INSTRUCTIONS
    • Lightly draw a heart in the size you want on the cardstock. A fatter rounder heart works better than a skinny one.
    • Using the needle, poke holes along the line of the heart you drew, placing a few millimeters between each hole you poke with the needle. If children are going to be doing this, make the spaces a bit farther apart. For older kids, place them closer together. Do this all around the heart you have drawn till it is perforated all along the outline of the heart.
    • Thread your needle with your embroidery floss or yarn making a knot at the end.
    • Using the threaded needle, start at one end of the heart placing the needle through one of the holes you made earlier. Span the heart, taking care not to cover the ‘V’ of the heart. I found that when re-entering the heart, use a near-by hole so that you are not threading the back of the heart, only the front.
    • Keep crossing the heart – back and forth until all the holes you made around the heart have been used. Then tie off the thread on the back of the card. This makes a great card to write a simple note onto.
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Fun with Learning – The Raven

Recently, I was able to participate in a Global Learn Day Story time at our 2017 partner, Baby Cotton Bottoms. Education is fun for me, especially when I am able to work with people who are fully engaged. Excitement about a project often breeds the best educational opportunities!

So, as I planned our event for #GLD2017, I selected a children’s book I had not seen before. I chose “Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart” by Jennifer Adams. It is one of the Baby Lit First Steps Books that you can purchase through Baby Cotton Bottoms. To go with our story time, we needed a fun craft that kids and bystanders could work on. I loved the spooky theme of the book and tied it in with Halloween to create this!

These make great trick or treat bags and Halloween gift bags!

To make one…

  • Buy a pack of white or brown plain gift bags.
  • Black stick on felt paper. (These come in two packs – you can easily make a dozen with one pack.)
  • A stencil or cut out for the raven (we got ours here!)
  • Puff paint or other art supplies. (We had pipe cleaners, markers, extra scraps of the paper and google eyes in addition to the puff paint!)

To make things easy for our #GLD2017 event, I prearranged everything. Then, during the event we were able to read our story, which you can watch here and work on our craft. The kids had a blast!

Their finished products were each unique and one little girl even decided to take home supplies for her friend!

And just like that, we had introduced children to Poe and Literature while they had FUN!

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