Unique Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas
Valentine’s Day isn’t only for couples and romance. Even if you don’t have a significant other, you can still give a gift to show someone you care—especially if it has a handmade touch. Kids love Valentine’s Day, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get them thinking creatively about projects they can make and share with their friends, classmates, and teachers. Instead of trading basic cards this Valentine’s Day, here are some ideas for creative and unique crafts to make and share.
Giving flowers is traditional for Valentine’s Day, but you can put a twist on that with fun, funky handmade flowers to give to someone special. Tissue paper is a great material with which to make flowers, especially for children. Adults can also have fun by selecting and arranging the paper to make traditional blossoms or outrageous, vivid fantasy flowers. Cut rectangles of tissue paper and trim around the end with pinking shears to ruffle the edges. Accordion-fold each rectangle, bunch them at the center and twist a pipe cleaner around the end to hold it together. You can even add a Hershey’s Kiss to the center for a special sweet treat.
Another way to give that special someone a bouquet of flowers is by crocheting. To make these flowers more unique, they can be attached to a schoolbag, tote or other wearable items. You can sew them on, use glue or even hook and loop fasteners, which would allow the wearer to remove the flower and swap it for another. You can use different kinds of yarn, embroidery floss, or other material to make your flowers, depending on the size and what you want to attach them to. Many free patterns for crocheted flowers are available online, and once you have the basics you can create your own.
Cards are a traditional item to give for Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to look for them on greeting card shelves. You can make your own for a special someone, or help kids make personalized cards for classmates or teachers.
One easy idea for kids is to draw a picture, photocopy it, and then color in and add personal touches. To make these cards really stand out, create your own 3D embellishments with craft foam. Hearts—the most popular of all Valentine’s Day shapes—can be created many different ways. For kids, animals like elephants, owls, puppies, fish and more can be shaped into hearts with a little creative combination. These foam shapes can be glued down or, for a more interactive card, attached with hook and loop fasteners. This way, the recipient can rearrange the items on the card and have fun with it.
For a sweet treat, you can attach two candy canes in the shape of a heart or other candy like lollipops using double-sided tape or small hook and loop fasteners.
To give your kids a way to carry home the Valentine’s cards or candy they receive, you can make a fun treat carrier by adding cardstock to a gift bag or fabric bag in the shape of a special Valentine friend. Kids can draw faces on a large heart and fill out the rest of their Valentine friend by adding a body and accordion-folded arms and legs. Kids can also draw on and decorate treat bags for themselves, attaching rhinestone or foam hearts and other decorations. Instead of using glue, these embellishments can be easily added with adhesive-backed hook and loop fasteners, giving kids the chance to redecorate their treat carrier over and over.
Taking a tip from Alice in Wonderland, playing cards also make fun card friends for Valentine’s Day. Using the heart cards from a deck of playing cards and templates cut out from cardstock, the playing cards become the Queen of Heart’s soldiers. Even better, all the additions are temporary, so after Valentine’s Day you can return the cards to the deck unharmed.
Pipe cleaners can also be used to make three-dimensional hearts of many kinds. Twist pipe cleaners into a heart shape and add beads, wrap them in fabric and link them together, or attach them to cards or other items with glue or hook and loop fasteners for easy rearrangement. You can make a whole bundle of these hearts, big and small, to use for decorating or to embellish other Valentine’s Day crafts.
About the Author:
Stephen Ira worked as an inventor for a small manufacturing company where he developed several patents that included Velcro® brand products which led to his founding of Hook and Loop in 1989, distributing Velcro® brand fasteners across the country. Stephen’s company has grown into a business that specializes in manufacturing hook and loop products that are used in the final products in many industries around the world. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a BS degree in mechanical engineering and specialized in machine design and solar engineering. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he enjoys an avid outdoor lifestyle and spending time with his two daughters.