Take a cue from Cupid and get your little love bugs into the Valentine’s Day spirit with sweet crafts featuring the holiday’s signature shape. From creating colorful canvases to making bracelets for their BFFs, we think you’ll love these 13 heart-ful ideas that are perfect for decor, gifting, or just spending an afternoon together. Keep reading to find your favorite.
photo: Mama Papa Bubba
1. Heart Resist Art
The kids won’t be able to resist this fun craft. Mama Papa Bubba layered contact paper on top of canvas to create the perfect heart outline for her daughter’s sponge-painted masterpiece. Great for Valentine’s Day, these colorful paintings double as beautiful room décor year round. Find a list of materials and step-by-step instructions here.
photo: Mod Podge Rocks
2. Heart Window Clings
You’ll want to keep this festive décor on the windows all year long. Grab a bottle of Mod Podge and your favorite hues of acrylic paint and head over to Mod Podge Rocks for the how-to.
photo: V and Co.
3. DIY Heart Tote
Perfect for toting those handmade cards and treats, your little Valentine might need some assistance crafting this sweet bag. Created by V and Co. using a little puffy paint and a pencil eraser, find the tutorial here.
photo: Moms and Crafters
5. Heart Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets are the perfect way for your little buddy to show their BFFs they care this Valentine’s Day. These adorable accessories are easy and inexpensive to make with twine, wooden beads, and colorful Sharpies. Head over to Moms and Crafters to check out the how-to video.
photo: No Time for Flash Cards
6. Heart Bird Feeder
The momma bird behind No Time for Flash Cards crafted these Valentine’s Day bird feeders with her little hatchlings. Enjoyed by the winged residents of their backyard, fly over to the blog to learn how to make your own.
photo: Fun at Home with Kids
photo: Hands On As We Grow
8. Button Heart
This Valentine’s Day project is cute as a button. The clever mom behind Hands On As We Grow suggests transforming craft time into a fun learning activity by having your toddler sort the buttons by size and color before glueing. Take a closer look at the steps here.
photo: Toddler Approved
9. Melted Bead Heart Sun Catcher
Melt hearts with this sunny craft. Translucent beads and a heart-shaped cake pan or cookie cutters are all you’ll need. Toddler Approved recommends heading outdoors with your toaster oven to avoid filling the house with that melted plastic smell. Check out the how-to here.
photo: Sugar Bee Crafts
10. String Heart Art
This striking wall art is the perfect craft for a snowy afternoon (read: it takes time to create). Take the lead by making a heart outline with nails. Then let your kids choose their favorite colors of string and start winding. Check out the step-by-step photos and instructional video at Sugar Bee Crafts.
photo: Traci Underwood via Amazing Mae
11. Heart Necklaces
Salt dough has DIY written all over it, which is why we’re crushing on these adorable necklaces. The colors and details make for an adorable bobble little folks will dig handing out to friends. A trick for a perfect finish? The crafty wizard at Amazing Mae suggests a fine coat of glossy acrylic sealer. Get the how-to here.
photo: Buggy and Buddy
12. Chalk Hearts
If your budding artist loves decorating the sidewalk, then this craft from Buggy and Buddy is perfect for an afternoon indoors. Colorful chalk is the medium of choice for this heart collage from Buggy and Buddy. Be sure to check out the blog to learn the technique for making the hearts appear to glow.
13. Glitter Rocks
These special rock valentines are super easy and include every kid’s favorite artistic tool— glitter! Your kids will love everything about this activity, from rock hunting in the backyard to decorating. In short… this craft from Artful Parent definitely rocks.
Which heart craft will you make with your loved ones? Share with us in the comments below.
— Lauren Hill