Fun Valentine Treat

Remember Jello Jigglers? We hadn’t made any here in ages but they would make a cute treat for Valentine’s Day. The directions are right on the boxes of Jello and they only need Jello and water to make them.

I suggest using red Jello for Valentine’s Day. I made half of a recipe and used an 8″ x 8″ pan.

Heart shapes are great for Valentine’s Day, of course. 😉

Remember to dip the pan in hot water for a few seconds to help with removing the shapes. The smaller sized hearts came out easier than the large ones. And there they are!

To make them fancier, add a bit of whipped cream on top or some pink yogurt.

Be careful that the kids you share these with are old enough to chew them up well. They take some extra chewing! Hope your Valentine’s Day will be a fun one! 🙂

Simple “Glowing” Valentine’s Day Card

Valentine’s Day is getting closer and if you still need a card for someone young (or young at heart), this card might be just the thing. It’s quick and easy to make and adds a little something fun to your card.

Here’s what you’ll need: a piece of cardstock, a small piece of red cardstock or construction paper, scissors, glue, pencil, heart template or cookie cutter (or cut your own), markers/crayons/colored pens or pencils and a glow stick. I found a pack of 6 glow sticks at the Dollar Tree for $1. Oh, and a couple pieces of scotch tape.

We’ll begin by folding the piece of cardstock in half to make a large sized card.

Decorate the front of the card for Valentine’s Day.

Next trace around the heart template or cookie cutter or draw your own heart on the red paper.

Cut out the heart shape with your scissors.

Open the card and glue the heart approximately in the middle of the right side section.

Next write the words, “You make my heart GLOW!” I used an orange marker for the word GLOW and added some yellow on the letters too. I also added some short lines all around the heart with the orange and yellow markers to make the heart look like it’s glowing.

Now for the fun part, tape at least 1 glow stick (not broken yet!) on the left inside section of the card.

And there you have it! The recipient can now bend the glow stick and make it glow! 🙂

Glow sticks make the card more interesting since there is something to DO after reading the card. It could also be fun if you bend the glow stick so it starts glowing, RIGHT before you give the person the card! Then the card itself will be glowing and they can still play with the glow stick. 😉 So make some of these Valentine’s Day cards for the special people in your life that make your heart glow! 😉

Twirling Heart Valentine Card

This is a fun card to open because there is a little heart inside that will twirl around when the card is opened. Sound fun? Let’s get started! You will need a piece of construction paper approximately 5 inches by 9 inches. (The size can vary.) Some scissors, glue, 2 small hearts cut from another color of construction paper, markers and some thread.

Begin by folding the piece of paper in half.

Using your scissors, cut a half of a heart shape on the fold.

Fold one side of the paper end up past the heart shaped cut.

Do the same with the second side.

When you open the card up, it should look like this from the end view.

And it should look like this from the front.

Now turn the card over so the back side is facing up. The fold in the middle of the heart cut out should be going “down” with the folds on each side going “up”. Cut a piece of thread that is just long enough to cross the heart cut-out and have a little room on each side of the top and bottom of the heart.

Make sure your little hearts are small enough to fit in the heart cut-out with room all around it so it will be able to spin.

It’s time to make the twirling heart part. Put some glue on 1 small heart, making sure there is glue down the center of the heart.

Lay your piece of thread on the heart with the glue and make sure it is in the center of the heart.

Lay the second heart on top and press the 2 hearts together so they stick together completely.

Decorate the small heart in any way you like. I wrote a word on each side.

Double check that the fold in the center of your card is down or the back side of the card is facing up.

Run a line of glue right in the center of the fold crease.

Place your small heart in the center of the heart cut-out with the strings laying on the lines of glue on each side.

Give the glue time to dry before moving on. The next step is to decorate your card by writing or drawing whatever you like on your card. The right side panel will be the front of your card when it is folded up.

This is what my card looks like when its folded.

Before closing your card, gently turn the small heart several times like you are winding it up. Carefully close the card, checking to make sure the small heart is laying flat.

When the card is opened, the small heart inside will spin! 🙂 You might want to hold the card closed with a paper clip or place it inside an envelope.

I hope you will enjoy making this Twirling Heart card! 🙂

Simple Sewing on Paper Hearts

Hello and welcome to our next Valentine’s Day craft! Yes, we are going to sew on paper and make some super cute hearts that can hold some candy! 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need to get started: red or pink construction paper, scissors, a heart cookie cutter or template, pencil, some yarn, a yarn needle, a single paper punch, pen or marker and some stickers.

Begin by folding an end of the construction paper over so that you can fit your heart template or cookie cutter on it. This way you can cut 2 identical hearts with one time of cutting. Trace around the template or cookie cutter.

Cut out the 2 heart shapes while holding the folded paper together. Make sure you have 2 hearts held together for the next step.

Using the paper punch, punch holes along the outside edge of the hearts, but don’t make any holes along the top of the heart. We want this area to be open so we can put candy or other small items inside the heart. Before we begin sewing, write the name of the person you will give the heart to on the front or just decorate your heart. This is a good time to add the sticker too. (Though I forgot to add the sticker until after sewing, I was able to make it work then too.) 😉

Cut a piece of yarn and fold it in half. You will want to have enough yarn to sew all the way around the edge of the heart. Thread the yarn needle with your piece of yarn. Tie a knot at the end of the yarn.

Beginning at one of the holes at the top of the heart, we will sew around the bottom edge through each hole. But first let’s secure the yarn in the first hole. Starting from the back of the heart, put the needle through the hole and pull the yarn through until you are ALMOST to the knot coming to the hole. Then take your needle between the 2 pieces of yarn and pull it up snug. This will keep your yarn secure.

Try to keep the knot on the back side of the heart. Turn the heart over so the front side is on top again. Place the needle in the second hole and draw the yarn through. This will make a loop on the outside edge of your heart. Remember, start the needle through the hole from the back side of the heart.

Continue sewing on around the heart, bringing the needle and yarn through each hole. (Sorry I should have taken more pictures of this part.) When you have sewn through the last hole, turn the heart over again so the back side is facing up. Draw your needle under the back side of the last 2 loops of yarn.

Now draw the needle through just the second loop one more time to help secure the yarn.

Cut the yarn up close to the needle.

Tie a knot with the 2 strands of yarn and clip off the extra yarn with your scissors. And you are done sewing your heart!

Now your heart is ready for some candy or small items to stuff it. 🙂

Have fun sewing paper hearts and giving them to the special people in your life on Valentine’s Day! 🙂

It’s Time for Valentine Crafts!

Yep, it’s February and that means Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it! Today’s post is about something fun to make that doesn’t involve sugar! 😉 Valentine pencils! You can make these to give to the kiddos or let the kiddos make them for someone else. It would be a fun way for the kids to make Valentines for their classmates for a Valentine’s Day party at school.

You will need a piece of red or pink construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, some new pencils and the same number of pipe cleaners (chenille stems) as there are pencils. You can either draw some hearts or use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to trace around.

Begin by making a fold in your construction paper, so you can cut 2 layers of a full-sized heart at the same time. Notice that the cookie cutter edge is lined up with the fold. Trace around the cookie cutter. Or if you are drawing it free hand, that’s fine.

Holding the 2 layers of paper together, cut on the line you drew. You should end up with 2 hearts connected by 1 side.

Make a cut on the crease about 1/3 of the way up from the point of the hearts.

Close the heart and decorate both sides. I drew a face on one side and wrote some words on the other side. Your designs can be as simple or as fancy as you like.

Apply glue to the inside of the heart in the following manner: a line of glue up the middle of both sides and then all over just one side of the heart.

Place one end of a pipe cleaner on one side of the heart in the center.

Close the heart over the pipe cleaner and hold it closed until the glue holds it together.

That’s the front side and this is the back side.

If you have wiggly eyes, I think they make these even cuter. 🙂 Just glue them in place.

Allow the glue to dry a little before continuing with the next step. Here is the front side of some Valentine pencils I made.

And the back side.

Now for the finishing touch that turns plain ordinary pencils into Valentine pencils! Line one of the pipe cleaners up with a pencil, allowing the heart to stick up above the pencil eraser a little bit.

While holding on to the top part, wrap the rest of the pipe cleaner around and around the pencil until it’s completely wrapped and you run out of pipe cleaner.

Aren’t they fun? 🙂 The more, the merrier!

These are fun to make and you can put a sweet message on them too.

Hope this finds you all doing well and staying safe! We are in the middle of the Winter Storm Landon, but we are doing ok so far! They are warning us that we might lose our electricity, so if that happens I won’t be able to post tomorrow. Stay warm! 🙂

Fingerprint Heart Project

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Are you looking for a project to keep the kids busy or to add to a Valentine’s Day party? This project is easy to do and looks amazing when you are done. You don’t need many supplies and it doesn’t take long to make it. You’ll need 2 half size pieces of construction paper, a pencil, scissors and a couple of markers or an ink pad. WASHABLE markers or ink is the best! 😉 (I’m speaking from experience and from my very colorful finger!)

Keep one piece of your paper for making the project on and the second piece you will need to cut in half.

Take one of the half pieces and fold it in half.

Draw half of a heart on the fold.

Cut out the half heart shape using your scissors.

Put the heart shape aside for another time. Open the heart stencil and lay it on top of the other sheet of paper.

Using your marker or ink pad, put ink on one of your index fingers.

Press your finger onto the paper inside the heart stencil area. (The cut out heart area.) Continue doing this step until you have either made a complete outline of your heart or you have colored the entire heart in with your fingerprints.

When you have finished the number of fingerprints you want to make, remove the stencil.

Isn’t that pretty? You can leave it this way or fill in the rest of the cut out heart area. Actually the stencil looks pretty cool too!

Here is one with the inside of the heart filled in with more fingerprints.

You can use your heart design just to hang it up and make your house look pretty or you can make it into a card to give to someone special on Valentine’s Day. Hope you had fun making your fingerprint heart! 🙂

Another Valentine Card Kids Can Make

Are you still looking for Valentine cards that are simple enough for your kids to make? Here’s another suggestion for you! We’ll call this one the Soda Pop Valentine card. 😉 You’ll need a piece of paper, glue, a black marker, colored pencils or crayons, a pencil, scissors, a cut out paper heart and a straw.

I used half a sheet of pink construction paper for my card. I folded it in half to make a nice size for a card. On the front, using a pencil, draw a soda pop bottle.

With a thin line marker or black pen, trace over the bottle you just drew so that it stands out more plainly.

Color in the bottom 2/3 of the bottle whatever color you’d like your pop (soda) to be. I used brown for Root Beer. I wrote the words Root Beer on my bottle but you can write whatever kind of pop you like to drink and color it the same color as the drink you chose.

(Sorry I’m not sure why this picture looks purple!) Now imagine that the straw you have is inside this bottle of pop. (soda) Cut your straw to fit the bottle. Have the bottom of the straw just touching the top of the pop (soda) in your bottle. The top of the straw should stick out above the bottle opening.

Add a line of glue down the length of the straw and hold it in place on your card for just a little bit till the glue can start to set up.

If you have a permanent black marker, you can draw the rim of the bottle on your straw too so it looks more like it is inside the bottle.

Now with a pen or marker write the words, “I “soda” love you!” (I sorta love you!)

Next, you should write on the cut out heart these words…”I love you so much I think my heart might “pop”! 😉

Then glue the heart to the inside right hand side of your card.

If you like, you can add some little lines around the outside of the heart to help make the heart look like it’s ready to pop!

And there you are! All finished! Great job! Who will you share your Valentine card with? Remember to sign your name so the person will know you are the one that made this great card for them. 🙂

Valentine Tic Tac Toe

Are you looking for a super fast and easy game to play with your kiddos on Valentine’s Day? They don’t come any easier than Valentine Tic Tac Toe! Grab your Valentine’s Day candy and a piece of paper and a marker and let’s play!

Draw a tic tac toe board with 4 lines. You need two players for each game. Each player takes 5 pieces of the same color of candy. For example, 5 pink hearts for one player and 5 green hearts for the other. Taking turns, each player will lay 1 of their pieces of candy on a square on the game board. The winner is the first one to get 3 of their hearts in a row. In the following picture, the player with the green hearts won.

If nobody gets 3 in a row, its a tie game, as you can see in the following picture.

Since we can’t be with our grandkids this year, I’ve sent them a package of goodies for Valentine’s Day. This game is one of the things I included. Here’s enough colored hearts to play 3 separate games. 🙂

Can’t stand conversation hearts candy? (Me either!) You can play the same game using Valentine M&M candies! Yum! I guess they are called Cupid’s Mix M&M’s. (Chocolate! NOW we’re talking!)

Looks like white won!

And pink won this game! 😉

OR you can use the candy heart decorations made for topping treats!

It’s a tie! Play another round.

Red’s the winner this time!

No matter if you win or lose the game of Valentine Tic Tac Toe, everyone is a winner because after you are done playing…you can EAT the candy! (That’s the best part!) Have fun! 🙂

Handmade Valentine’s Card for Kids to Make

We’re back with another idea for a Valentine card kids can make. This one involves strawberries and blueberries. Ready? Grab a piece of paper or a blank card, a pencil and colored pencils or crayons and some markers. Start with a half a sheet of paper, cardstock or construction paper.

Fold it in half to make it card-sized. On the front of the card, we’re going to draw a strawberry. Start out by drawing this shape.

Next, add some leaves and a stem.

Use your colored pencils, markers or crayons and color the strawberry. I used colored pencils.

Looking good! Now make some tiny little lines for the seeds on a strawberry. I used a black pen to draw mine.

Your strawberry is finished! Now add the words, “You are “berry” sweet!” to the front of the card.

Open the card and on the inside right hand side, let’s draw some blueberries. I drew 3 but you can draw however many you like. Start with a circle and then add 2 more circles that are partially hidden behind the first one.

Add one small circle inside each of these circles. Then add 5-6 almost triangles to the little circle.

Color the blueberries. You’re almost done! Add the words, “Have a “berry” Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Great job! Who will you give your handmade Valentine to? Remember to sign your name. I hope you’ve had fun making this “berry” nice Valentine’s Day card! 🙂

Handmade Valentine Card for Kids to Make

We’re coming at you today with another fun card that kids can make for Valentine’s Day. All you need is a piece of paper, colored pencils or crayons and a black marker.

My paper is construction paper so I cut it in half.

Take 1 of the pieces and fold it in half to make a nice size for a card.

Now draw a bunch of grapes on the front of the card. Draw circles and partial circles to make the grapes. I used a purple colored pencil but grapes can be other colors too.

Keep drawing and coloring in the grapes until you like how big your bunch is.

Add a brown stem at the top of the grapes.

Use green to draw in a couple of leaves.

Now add a simple face. I used a black marker to draw 2 dots for eyes and a curved line for a mouth.

Add the words “I love you a “bunch”! ” at the bottom of the card.

Open the card and on the right hand side, draw another bunch of grapes like you did on the front of the card. Write the words at the bottom…”Have a “grape” Valentine’s Day!”

Remember to sign your name. Give it to someone special on Valentine’s Day! I hope you enjoyed today’s craft! Have a “grape” weekend! 😉