01 January 2015

Valentine's Day Crafts for Children



Kids love crafts, and with Valentine's Day there are so many wonderful crafts to choose from for your kids to do! Valentine's Day crafts are great for gift giving, decorating, and much more. Parents can also join in on the fun with these craft ideas! It's a great way to spend quality time with your kids.

Valentine Necklaces

How about making some fun Valentine's heart necklaces? These necklaces are super easy to make from a simple batch of baker's clay and some ribbon. Your child will be sure to get compliments on this one!
Recipe For Baker's Clay:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Directions:
1) Prepare your baker's clay using the recipe above until it is of dough consistency.
2) Roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thick and then use a heart shaped cookie cutter to get your hearts ready for baking!
3) Use a skewer or the tip of a pen to punch a hole in the top of the heart. This is where you will insert your ribbon once the hearts are cooked and ready to go.
4) Bake your hearts in the oven on 300 degrees for one hour. Allow to cool.
5) Once cool, paint your hearts red and pint with paints and then allow to dry.
6) Thread your ribbon through the holes, making sure it is the proper necklace length for your child.
7) Use a marker to write cute Valentine's Day messages or let your child's imagination go wild on what they would like to draw!
* These would make a fun idea to pass out to classmates for Valentine's Day!


Heart Garland

Decorating for Valentine's Day is a blast with this easy to make heart garland! All you need is some simple materials and you have the tools for child to have some V-Day fun. Kids may need a bit of parents help with this one unless they are old enough to use a needle by themselves.
Materials Needed:
Paint Brush
Red Paint
Cardboard Tube
Beads
Embroidery Thread
Needle
Push Pins
Directions:
1) Cut the cardboard tube in half and brush the halves inside and out with your red paint. Let dry.
2) Flatten the halves, and then cut them into one inch segments. Shape each one inch segment into a heart by pushing in a crease towards the center of each one. Use your push pin to create a hole in the top and bottom of each heart so you can later string your thread through.
3) Thread and knot your needle with the embroidery thread. Slide a bead on until it reaches the knotted end. Now loop back with your needle through the bead again from top to bottom.
4) Now you can thread a heart on! Use the same looping technique from above to secure it in place. Continue repeating the process until you have all your hearts and beads stranded perfectly to create your garland!

Valentine Bird Feeder

Here's one for the birds! Your neighborhood birds will appreciate these great make it yourself bird feeder hangers that your kids can make with a little help from mom or dad.
Materials Needed:
Floral Wire
Thread
Ribbon
Popcorn and/or Bits of Dried Fruit
Directions:
1) Cut your floral wire in about twelve inch pieces. Bend each piece in half to serve as the pointed bottom of the hearts.
2) Now you can fill up each side with your goodies! Leave just enough room to twist your ends to secure a heart shape. Tie with ribbon from the top and hang up outside to be enjoyed by the birds. What a fun treat!




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