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DIY Valentines

Four days till Valentine’s Day! Here are some last-minute, easy DIY Valentine’s for any age to make.

1) Toddlers--Painted hearts

-Cut out a heart shape from paper and place it on another piece of paper. Let the kiddo paint the whole thing with fingers, pom-poms in a clothespin, or sponges. When done, lift up the heart and have a heart-shaped space to write a love note to Grandma.

-Or have the kiddo paint all over a piece of paper and just cut out a heart shape from there. Write Grandma’s note on the back when dry! Done and done.

2) Preschool--”I love you to pieces” art

-Draw a big heart outline on a piece of paper and write “I love you to pieces” outside of it. Give paper or tissue paper to your kiddo and have them rip it into smaller pieces. Let them practice with glue to affix the bits inside the heart as a mosaic.

-Or fold a paper in half and trace their hand so the wrist is on the fold. When you cut out and unfold, there should be a heart shape formed with the thumb and forefinger. Use tape or contact paper to cover the heart, leaving the sticky side up so your kiddo can add the small bits of paper in a mosaic on top. No glue involved! Don’t forget the cute saying written on the hands.

3) Elementary--Heart Animals

It is so hard to choose just one--google for a million ideas of animals made with heart shapes (puppies, hedgehogs, owls, pigs, kittens….) For this example, cut out the body of a peacock (like a bowling pin) and then a bunch of hearts in different colors. Show your kiddo how to make symmetrical hearts with folded paper. Glue in a pleasing arrangement of feathers on a card and glue the body on top. Add details and a cute message.

4) Older Kid--Clay or Cardboard ‘Cookies’

Cut out heart shapes from cardboard or make the below dough recipe. Embellish to look like delicious cookies using paint, glitter, glitter glue, buttons, yarn, sprinkles, sequins, jewels...whatever you got that you can trust your older kid with! Look up fun cookie Valentine puns to write on the back when they are dry.

Recipe for White Clay Dough

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 1/2 cup corn starch

  • 3/4 cup of warm water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Mix dry ingredients in a cooking pot, and add the water. Stir over medium heat while the mixture bubbles and thickens. Continue stirring as mixture pulls away from the sides of the pot and becomes similar in consistency to thick cake frosting.

  • Remove the pot from the heat, and allow the dough to cool until it’s comfortable to handle.

  • Turn your dough out onto the counter or a cutting mat and knead it into a smooth, supple ball of dough.

  • Roll out and cut into “cookies.” You can press decor like jewels or buttons in when wet or let dry at room temperature and paint/add decorations after.

5) For your significant other--Scratch-off Ticket

Click the above link for instructions for this simple gift. If you don’t have the plastic, you can also color the hearts with a white crayon and then paint over that for easier scratch-off-ness.