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DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Stamp

I am always looking for fun, easy Valentine’s Day crafts to do with my kids. I saw this easy DIY heart stamp on Pinterest and just had to give it a try. It is such a cute idea. I mean who thought to turn an empty toilet paper tube into a heart stamp?

This would be a fun project to do with preschoolers. You could use the stamps to create custom gift wrap, gift bags, Valentine’s Day cards, or to just use to stamp on paper for fun.

heart stampSupplies Needed:

  • Empty toilet paper tube
  • Red craft paint
  • Paper plate

First bend the toilet paper tube into the shape of a heart. I thought it was going to be hard at first, because the tube was a little stubborn when I tried to bend it.

Finally I pressed the long side of the tube into the edge of my kitchen counter, and this created a long crease for me to work with. Just keep bending and molding until you get the shape you want. I found that after I got it the shape I was looking for it stayed in place fairly well when we used it to paint.

Place some red craft paint on a paper plate and then help your child get some paint on the entire edge of the toilet paper tube. Show your child that it is important to press evenly when creating a stamp on the paper or the heart will not completely transfer to the paper.

That’s it! This simple stamp only takes a few minutes to make and will provide lots of fun for your kids. I think I’m going to keep mine to use to make homemade Valentine’s Day cards. I really like how this heart stamp turned out.

Copyright 2015, Christian-Parent.com. This article may not be reprinted.

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Valentine’s Day Heart Necklace for Kids

This fun heart necklace is a great Valentine’s Day project for kids to make. You probably already have everything you need on hand to make it.

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To make this Valentine’s Day necklace you will need:

  • Red and pink construction paper or scrapbook paper
  • Drinking straws
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

This necklace is really easy for preschoolers to make. They can practice their lacing and cutting skills. You can tailor the craft according to their skill level.

valentines day necklace

First you will need a heart shape to use as a template. If you search Google Images for “heart shape” you will find many different hearts you can print out and use for a template.

For each necklace you will need approximately six red hearts and six pink hearts. If your children are old enough, you can set them to work tracing and cutting out the hearts. If your child is younger you may have to do the cutting for them.

valentines day necklace

Next use a hold punch to punch a hole in the center of each heart.

Cut three drinking straws into approximately 1-inch pieces. Your child can help with cutting the straws if you hold the straw and they cut.

Cut a piece of yarn approximately 24 inches long. Have your child alternately string the straws, red hearts, and pink hearts on the piece of yarn. After the necklace is finished, tie the ends of the yarn together and the necklace is finished and ready to wear.

There are many opportunities to teach your child during this activity. You can talk to them about colors. Ask them to pick up a red heart or pink heart to place on the string. For older preschoolers you can talk about patterns and ask them what comes next on the necklace, a red heart or a pink heart?

This is a fun activity to do with your kids. You might think it’s just for girls but preschool aged boys love this activity too, I know mine did. I was very surprised that my three-year-old son was able to tell me what was next in the pattern. A great teaching moment.

Copyright 2013, Christian-Parent.com. This article may not be reprinted.

DIY Garlands for Valentine’s Day

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It’s fun to make homemade decorations for Valentine’s Day. Let your kids get in on the fun in making these easy DIY Valentine’s Day garlands.

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Paper Heart Chain

This cute heart-shaped paper chain can be made out of sheets of white, pink, and red paper. Cut pieces of construction paper or scrapbook paper lengthwise into strips of 1 inch each.

Fold each strip of paper in half lengthwise. Tuck the two ends of the strip down towards the fold into the shape of a heart, and staple them together. Loop the next strip through the first heart and then fold the second strip into the shape of a heart and staple that one together.

Continue adding strips and creating hearts until the chain is the desired length. This is an easy, cute paper chain that kids of all ages can help make.

Valentine's Day garland

Playing Card Garland

Another cute garland you can make for Valentine’s Day is made from a deck of playing cards.

Punch two holes in each playing card (just use the cards with hearts on them). Place one hole next to each edge of the top of the card.

Thread the playing cards onto a piece of yarn or ribbon. You can also tie or knot additional pieces of ribbon or strips of fabric in between the cards on the garland for added decoration.

Doily Garland

This craft only takes a few minutes to put together, and it comes apart easily after Valentine’s Day.

Purchase heart-shaped doilies in a variety of colors and sizes. Cut a piece of ribbon the length you want the garland to be. Use mini clothespins to pin the doilies onto the ribbon, and the garland is ready to hang.

This garland is so easy to make, yet pretty too!

Hanging Heart Garland

This is a creative way to string hearts together to hang from the ceiling or from a curtain rod.

You will need some cut out hearts of different colors and shapes. You can use construction paper or scrapbook paper.

To string the hearts together you will need to use a sewing machine. Sew down the center of the first heart, from top to bottom. Pull out an inch or sew of thread and then sew down the center of the next heart. You will end up with a string of hearts that you can hang from the ceiling, and stitching them in this way looks a lot nicer than using glue or staples to attach them to ribbon or string.

Felt Heart Garland

This garland is similar to the hanging hearts garland in that you will use a sewing machine to sew the hearts together.

Cut hearts of a variety of colors and sizes out of felt. They can be red, pink, white, or you can make your garland multi-colored.

After you have cut out the hearts, sew them together like for the hanging heart garland, leaving only a half inch or less of thread between each felt heart. The garland will be hung horizontally this time, instead of vertically, but you still want to sew through the hearts from top to bottom like before. The hearts will be laying on their sides when you hang them up.

These are great sewing projects for beginning sewers. You only need to be able to sew a straight line.

If you don’t have a pattern to use for a heart shape for these garlands, then just search Google Images for heart clipart and you will find many options to choose from.

These ideas should give you some inspiration for making some great homemade garlands for Valentine’s Day. Kids love making holiday crafts, so let them help you decorate your home for Valentine’s Day.

Copyright 2012, Christian-Parent.com. This article may not be reprinted.

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Conversation Heart Crafts for Kids to Make for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day crafts are fun for kids to make. There are a number of different crafts that can be made with candy conversation hearts. Here are just a few ideas to get you and your children started.
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Conversation Heart Wreath

This is a fun craft for older kids. You will need a small round styrofoam wreath, a couple bags of conversation hearts, a hot glue gun, and some ribbon to hang the wreath up.

Using the hot glue gun, carefully glue the conversation hearts all around the styrofoam wreath, covering it completely so that no styrofoam shows through. Use additional hearts to fill in any gaps. After the glue is dry, tie a piece of ribbon through the wreath so you can hang it up.

Conversation Heart Candle Holders

There are a couple of ways that you and your children can decorate candle holders with conversation hearts.

One easy way is to fill a tall cylindrical vase about half way with conversation hearts and then place a pillar candle inside.

You can also use a hot glue gun to glue conversation hearts to the outside of small votive candle holders.

Framed Conversation Hearts

For this project you will need an old picture frame. If you are recycling an old frame, you first might want to rub it with sand paper and then spray paint it white or pink. For a shabby chic look, first paint the frame black and then paint the white or pink on top of the black. Using a piece of sand paper, gently rub away some of the top layer of paint to give the frame a weathered look.

Next carefully remove the glass from the frame and arrange candy hearts on the glass. You can use the hearts to create larger hearts of various shapes and sizes, or you can create one big heart to fill in the whole glass. Just make sure to leave room to put the frame back in place.

One by one, remove each conversation heart and glue it back in place with a bit of hot glue. After the picture is complete, place the glass back in the frame and your work of art is ready to display.

Conversation Heart Bingo Game

Use conversation hearts to create a fun bingo game for Valentine’s Day. Have your children create their own bingo cards with the sayings from conversation hearts in each box on the cards.

When they are ready to play the game, have them use conversation heart candies to use as markers for the squares.

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

Conversation hearts can also be used to make homemade Valentine’s Day cards. Make a card out of red or pink cardstock or scrapbook paper and glue conversation hearts onto the front of the card. If you feel creative, use the words on the hearts to create sentences on the card.

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without conversation hearts. They are a favorite holiday treat for children and adults alike. Have some fun this Valentine’s Day and share some conversation hearts with your kids while also having fun doing these simple Valentine’s Day crafts.

Hanna Griesbach is a busy mom and freelance writer  who enjoys scrapbooking. She enjoys hunting the web for great deals and freebies. One of her favorite resources is Free Gifts 4 Kids.

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