Valentine’s Day can be so much fun for kids and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get creative with them. Many items may be things you already own or can be purchased inexpensively from the dollar store.
Today, I will tell you about 5 heart Valentine ideas I did with my kids and the origin of the supplies. When I look back over all 5 projects, almost everything we used came from leftover supplies we had or things we had around our house. I only spent $2 on Cool Whip and heart stickers total, to complete these 5 projects.
We have finally used up these paper doilies. I bought a pack of 25 a couple years ago and it has taken a while, but by making some new valentine’s every year for special friends and decorations for our home, we finally used them up. I bought the doilies from Dollar Tree, which is also where I purchased the heart stickers from this year. We also use glitter glue and sequins that we had in our craft arsenal.
DIY Crystal Hearts
These crystal hearts are so much fun to do with kids. All you need is pipe cleaners (easily found at the dollar store), borax, water and a container. You need 1/4C of borax for every one cup of hot water your container hold. Using a canning jar works perfectly. We made these ones as samples to show the students in my kids’s classes because this is a project I have planned to do with them. I have made them before as crystal snowflakes, which would be a great winter or holiday project.
Cool Whip Hearts
You are going to love this idea, or better yet, you kids are going to love this idea and are going to be amazed and ask “How Did You Do This?”
It’s really very simple. Allow your Cool Whip to thaw out, then spread on a square baking pan and stick back in the freezer. When you are ready to serve hot cocoa, simply grab a heart cookie cutter and cut out a cool whip heart and place on the top.
Frozen Heart Paints
You can really do this with any type of mold for any holiday, or just use a plain ice cube mold. But it is fun to use holiday molds to make it more special.
All these are is ice cubes of water and food coloring frozen in a silicone heart hold set. You can use them to paint by pressing on the paper (allow a little time to pass to allow them to start to melt before using) or let them make prints on a paper.
Melted Bead Heart Suncatcher
We seem to have an abundance of pony beads that have been forgotten about and decided we would have a little fun melting them in to shapes.
You will need metal cookie cutters to do this project.
Just fill the inside of the cookie cutter in a single layer of pony beads, as much as possible. As it melt the center will fill in, as well as spaces between the beads.
Preheat you oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the cookie cutter on top of the lined baking sheet and fill with beads. Bake for 20-25 minutes, checking after 15 minutes and check every 5 minutes after that until melted.
When it is cooled, use a needle to poke a hold in the top center and thread a string or thread through it to hang it.
These are some simple, low-cost heart projects you can do with your kids. Get out the craft supplies and get creative!