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Homemade Valentines for Kids

by Lindsay on February 12, 2013

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Lest we forget, Valentine’s day is finally here this week! There are so many great crafts out there that I had to return with a few more ideas for you to fit in before the big day.

If you have nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or kids of school age in your life, I’m sure that you know all about those boxes of cartoon Valentine cards at the grocery store. Pretty boring, and all the same. You go through the class list, fill ‘em out, tape on a piece of candy and you’re done… right? After the candy is devoured, the cards usually go directly in the trash after school. Such a waste.

Here are a couple ideas that might take a little longer to make, but they use supplies you most likely already have. And they have the added bonus of being much more imaginative and fun. It’s also a great way to teach your children about recycling!

Melted Crayon Hearts

I found the idea for these hearts on Indulgy.com, but I didn’t see an actual blog post for them. These are really easy to make and the finished product is absolutely beautiful! The different colors of wax melt and swirl together like a watercolor painting.

What You Will Need:

  • Crayons…Use up your broken ones!
  • Cupcake or Muffin pan. I used silicone heart molds (re-used the ones from the stained glass post). They were $3 at Hobby Lobby.
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Cardstock
  • Stamps or Markers. If you don’t have a stamp make one out of a POTATO!!!
  • Tape

How to Assemble:

  1. Remove paper wrappers from crayons
  2. Divide into colors if you want different colored hearts
  3. Chop into small pieces
  4. Fill molds, more crayons will make thicker hearts. If you are using a metal pan it might need greased with vegetable oil.
  5. Melt in oven or toaster oven at 250 degrees for 10-15 minutes
  6. Let cool and pop out of molds
  7. Tape to card and decorate!

Origami Boxes

When I saw the post for these boxes on Whatever Dee-Dee Wants I thought origami might be a little too difficult and time consuming for this girl, but once you figure it out the boxes are actually really simple to make!

What You Will Need:

  • Brown Grocery Bags…you could also use wrapping paper.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Stamps, Markers or, Stickers
  • Twine or Ribbon

How to Assemble:

  1. Cut squares of paper 6-8 inches in diameter
  2. Follow this easy step-by-step video from Lorajean’s Magazine
  3. Decorate boxes
  4. Fill with candy!
  5. TIe up with a ribbon

Here are a few other ideas for homemade Valentines:

http://www.marthastewart.com/273591/felt-fortune-cookies?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/valentines-day-decor

http://www.dandee-designs.com/2010/02/friendship-bracelet-valentines.html

http://sweetmuffinsuite.com/2012/02/day-4-free-kids-valentine-card-printable/

http://www.ivillage.com/kids-valentines-day-crafts/6-b-142009#414421

We hope you enjoy these craft ideas as much as we do. Back to baking and Valentines making for all of us! If you decide to create either of these crafts, or any of the craft projects that we share with you, please feel free to share your finished product with us on our Facebook page!

Have a craft idea you’d love to share? We’d love to mingle with you on Pinterest too!

 

About Lindsay

I'm Lindsay, the owner of OliveTree Handmade. I love designing and creating re-purposed and vintage inspired jewelry and accessories using vintage pieces and old/unwanted/broken items. Giving new life to something that otherwise wouldn't be used or thrown away.


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Amber {Sprinkled With Flour} February 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

What a fun craft! My son would love these…I’m pretty sure I might need to make one for myself too. :)

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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork February 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

Wow!! This is so creative! I don’t have little ones and my nieces & nephews aren’t close by but I’m going to pin these crafts and make them a little something the next time I see them. Great content!!

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Jaime {sophistimom} February 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

These are perfect, Jamie. I love how you used grocery bags for the origami boxes, and the molds you found at Hobby Lobby are perfect.

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Becca - Cookie Jar Treats February 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Oh I remember making my own crayons in elementary school. That was so much fun :)

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Bellenza Bistro February 12, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I’d seen that melted crayon post somewhere, too. Such a cute idea! And I love origami anything — so creative and pretty!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

Your boxes are so adorable! I’ll have to give them a try sometime.

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Holiday Baker Man February 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Very sweet! A great idea.

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Kate February 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

sooo pretty!! And who doesn’t love Hersey kisses!!

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Kelly@LifemadeSweeter February 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

What a lovely Valentine! I would’ve loved getting one of these in class back then or even now. Soon pretty!

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