Valentine’s Day always has a special place in my heart – it was the one day of the year that I could make something handmade with my kids and show them how much they mean to me. Now, we spend many of our evenings crafting fun Valentine’s Day cards, decorations, and treats.
It is so rewarding to see how excited my children get when they get to scour craft stores for seasonal goodies and start getting creative with their ideas! Crafting together on Valentine’s Day is a wonderful way to keep us connected as well as remind us why each other means so much to us.
Valentine’s Day is a great time to get creative with your kids. It’s the perfect opportunity to have some quality time and make something special together. Here are some fun and easy projects that will keep tweens (ages 8-12) busy and entertained.
DIY Heart Garland
This DIY Heart Garland is an inexpensive way to decorate for Valentine’s Day. All you need is cardstock, glue, ribbon, and a hole punch. You can even have your kids write sweet messages on the hearts such as “love you” and “be mine” then hang the garland anywhere in your home for a festive touch.
Let your tweens create personalized cards for their friends and family with Foam Stamps! Using foam sheets, cookie cutters, scissors, Sharpie markers, and craft sticks, they can easily make custom stamps in any shape they want.
Give them free rein to be as creative as possible when designing their stamps,the sky’s the limit! Once they have finished making their stamps, have them design cards using paint or construction paper.
Valentine’s Day Slime
Making slime is always a hit with kids of all ages especially during the holiday season! This Valentines Slime is sure to be a hit. Just combine Elmer’s glue with liquid starch, add glitter (or sprinkles) of choice and mix until it forms into slime. Place it into individual containers or mason jars for a special homemade gift idea
Tissue Paper Roses
Tissue paper roses are a classic Valentine’s Day craft and they make great decorations or gifts. The best part is that they can be made with just tissue paper, scissors and pipe cleaners .Have your tweens create colorful roses in any size they want! They also make great additions to any homemade gift or card.
- Simply cut the tissue paper into 5-inch (or desired size) squares.
- Place two sheets of tissue paper together and fold them in an accordion shape. If you want to create a fuller rose, use more layers of tissue paper; if you want a smaller rose, use fewer layers.
- Secure the ends of the accordion tissue paper with a pipe cleaner or florist wire.
- Gently separate each layer of tissue paper and fluff out the rose.
- (Optional) Wrap the stem of your rose with a ribbon for an extra special touch.
For tweens who are already familiar with crochet, challenge them to make these adorable Crochet Hearts! Not only are they fun and easy to make, but they can also be used as decorations or gifts.
All you need is some yarn and a size F (3.75mm) crochet hook. Have your kids choose their favorite color of yarn and get to work on creating their own sweet crochet hearts.
Origami is a great way to practice fine motor skills and creativity. Have your tweens make these Origami Hearts for Valentine’s Day! All they need are some scrap paper, markers (optional), and scissors.
They can fold their own unique origami designs and use marker to personalize them with messages like “I love you”. Then, have them hang their creations anywhere in the house for a festive touch.
Candles are a great way to bring warmth and light into any room. Help your tweens make their own Valentine’s candles with wax, wicks, fragrance oils, and dye (optional).
They can use containers like mason jars, heart shaped molds for their candles to give them a special touch. Once cooled, these homemade candles will add a festive ambiance to any room – perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Valentines Heart Soap
Soap-making is a fun and easy craft that kids can do with some adult supervision. Perfect for gifting or using as decorations, these Valentine’s Heart Soaps are both colorful and cute.
All you need is melt-and-pour soap, molds (heart shapes work best) and essential oils if desired. Have your tweens melt the soap and pour into molds, then add essential oils for a fragrant touch. Once cooled, they’ll have homemade Valentine’s Heart Soaps that make great gifts!
Valentine’s Day Cards
One of the simplest and most thoughtful Valentine’s Day crafts for tweens is to make their own Valentine’s Day cards. Tweens can use construction paper, markers, glitter, and other materials to create one-of-a-kind cards for their friends and family.
Printable Valentine’s Day Coloring Cards
Coloring is a great way for your tweens to relax and express their creativity. Why not take it up a notch with these printable Valentine’s Day Coloring Cards? All you need is some colored pencils or markers and these printables.
Have your tweens color the cards according to their own taste, then give them out as gifts or use as decorations around the house.
No matter which project you choose, have fun and enjoy making these Valentine’s Day crafts with your tweens. There are so many different ways to get crafty this holiday season.
And what better way to show your love than giving someone special a homemade gift? So grab some supplies and let your tween get creative this Valentine’s Day. They are sure to create something special for the holiday that will be treasured for years to come.