Ah, Valentine’s Day. As a general rule, I like to teach my kids that we can love other people every day, not just February 14, but there’s just something about red, pink, and white that makes me happy.
Although not as happy as all the chocolate on sale February 15.
If you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate the holiday all about love with the little ones you love the most, you may enjoy this roundup of twelve Valentine-themed crafts, perfect for kids of all ages – from toddlers to grade schoolers.
Egg Carton “Love Bugs”
How cute are these? Made with cardboard egg cartons and whatever supplies you may have lying around, this craft is great for preschoolers and up.
Three Toddler Valentine Ideas
It’s hard to do crafts with toddlers and have them come out recognizable. This post from Entertain Your Toddler provides not one, not two, but three awesome ideas. Abby’s a little young for me to do these with her this year – but I’m definitely going to have to do them with her next year!
DIY Heart-Shaped Squishy
Apparently, “squishies” are a popular trend in schools these days? My first grader isn’t bugging me about them yet, so maybe they haven’t made it to our area. When they do though, I’ll have this handy DIY tutorial to fall back on!
Woven Heart Pouch
I remember making these when I was a girl. I made mine from construction paper, although this version is made from felt. These are a simple but adorable craft that work well for packaging a few small candies.
Unicorn Card Box
How cute is this sweet unicorn card box? This is the perfect project for anyone obsessed with unicorns. With the help of some printables and a glue gun, this can come together quickly.
Butterfly Candy Bags
These cute little candy bags are perfect for a class Valentine’s party. I think I’ll probably help my first grader make them! These would also be great for a birthday party favor.
Tissue Paper Banner
I personally love to hang a holiday-appropriate banner on the doorway between my living room and kitchen. This would also look awesome draped on a fireplace mantle or a bookshelf. This would be a great project for older kids.
Salt Dough Necklace or Garland
A cute and simple idea that does double service – this is an easy garland or a cute homemade necklace. With different shapes, you can make this idea work for any holiday – think red, white, and blue stars, or orange pumpkins and red leaves.
Shake It Up Hearts
This is a craft even the littlest family members can get involved with! Just drop some paint into a container with a lid, add some paper and dried beans, and let them go to town shaking it! Simple, cute, and something everyone can enjoy.
Felt Ball Garland
Another cute, simple garland. This would be so easy to make in various colors, and have around your home year round. This would be a great craft for an older kid to work on too.
Valentine Paper Chain
A twist on the classic paper chain that seems completely obvious when you think about it. This is a simple, cute decoration that could be whipped up pretty quickly.
Rainbow Heart Suncatchers
In the middle of winter, this cheerful craft is a great idea! I used to do something similar when I would teach Sunday school, and it was always a lot of fun. I think this is another craft I may have to do with my first grader – he’d love it and I could use something bright in my kitchen window!
Did you find a craft project to do with your kids? I think we’re going to have to use a nice, lazy Saturday afternoon to sit down and do some fun things. I’m just not sure what we’ll do first!