Valentine crafts are so much fun: paper, glue, hearts, candy and glitter… what could be better?
Here’s a roundup of some of BrenDid’s favorite crafts and treats from Valentine’s past AND some links to the Valentine’s we’ll be making this year.
This is my favorite Valentine collection box. My son made it for his third grade class using a balloon, good old-fashioned papier-mâché, and poster paints (and a dad!). Ain’t it fetching? See boys can enjoy Valentine’s too!
That year we made Valentine robots…must, love, you! Here’s a tutorial from Spoonful. I heart the UPC symbol mouths. Robot- loves- to -recycle!
My daughter made Valentine flowerpots when she was in preschool. Adorable and easy enough for little hands to help assemble! Here’s a tutorial from Spoonful. We used foam sheets cut into hearts and suckers to make the flowers. We then kicked it up a notch and stuck the flowers into a Styrofoam coffee cup colored brown to look like a flower pot (invert another cup inside the flower pot to hold the sucker sticks).
Last year we went with a technology vibe and made iPods with directions from Spoonful. Instead of wrapping conversation hearts I made mini paper boxes to fill with Laffy Taffy.
This year we’re going to be funny Valentines with these adorable boxes from Delia Creates. Valentine’s Day plus candy plus knock-knock jokes might be the definition of kid heaven.
An easy option for Valentine’s Day treats is dressed up Rice Krispie bars, all you need are Rice Krispies, marshmallows, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and your choice of Valentine sprinkles.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 package (10 oz.) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 6 cups rice krispies cereal
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 4 tsp coconut oil or shortening
- 2 Tbsp valentine sprinkles or colored sugar
- In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Add rice cereal. Stir quickly until well coated.
- Evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with coconut oil. Cool slightly then cut into rectangles of desired size.
- Lay bars about ½ inch apart on parchment paper lined counter.
- Melt milk chocolate chips with 2 tsp coconut oil in microwave (microwave 1 minute, stir, then at 30 second intervals until almost completely melted, stir unitl all chips are melted, be careful not to scorch)
- Put chocolate into a sandwich bag (without a pleated bottom) snip off the corner to create a small whole and drizzle over the bars.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 with white chocolate, drizzling in the opposite direction of the milk chocolate.
- Quickly sprinkle the bars with Valentine sprinkle while the chocolate is still soft so they will adhere.
- Cool completely and store in an airtight container or individually bag for classroom.
I’m also going to be making a healthy treat option for classroom this year. Check out these adorable strawberry heart skewers from Modern Parents Messy Kids
Hope you enjoyed this Valentine inspiration! What are you making for Valentine’s Day?