When I was a kid, there was nothing that compared with the giddy excitement of looking in your Valentine cubby and seeing who sent you a Valentine and what it said. Now you can live vicariously through your kids and help them create some personalized, crafty Valentines. Here are some options for DIY Valentines that are easy enough for kids to make, most of them without an extra trip to the craft store!
Potato Print Valentines
Potato print valentines are cute, natural, and give a purpose to that sad old potato with many eyes. Halve a potato then cut out a heart or star or whatever design you like into the potato, either using a knife (carefully!) or by pressing a cookie cutter firmly into the potato. Dip the shape into paint and decorate.
For close buddies, your child can make a Valentine keepsake. Round up any small pocket mirrors (for some reason, we always seem to have extras of these.) Most craft stores also carry small mirrors in various shapes including hearts. Use leftover nail polish to decorate the mirrors with hearts, squiggly lines, or dots. This same decorating technique could be used on any leftover tiles from various redecorating/remodeling projects. For younger kids for whom breakable Valentines would be a shaky proposition, use aluminum foil glued onto paper or try some metallic craft paper.
Cut cardboard into heart shapes and cover both sides with pretty scrap paper, or cover one side with pretty paper and the other side with basic white. Have kids write or type a message or draw a picture and paste it onto the hearts. We punched holes in our hearts and strung them with ribbons so that people could dangle their hearts from doorknobs or over desk monitors and have a cheery love-filled reminder throughout the year!
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