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Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

February 5, 2019
Homemade Valentine's Day Cards for your child to take to the school party!

I have mentioned this multiple times but I am always looking for activities to keep my kids occupied and most crafts or activities only last about 5 minutes before kids lose interest.  Last year, the bubble Valentine’s day cards were a big hit with my son (steps below).  This year, I brainstormed ways to get creative again and came up with the melted crayon idea because we have never done it AND I was able to recycle all of the small crayon pieces that get all over my house!  I love doing this activity with my kids because it actually lasted an hour, included my kids new love of science, and now my son is excited to hand these out at school.  Both of the activities below are good for creativity, use fine motor skills, and great for sensory play.

*If you haven’t done so already, check out this blog post to ensure your activity box is stocked for craft essentials!

“You Make My Life Colorful” Valentine Card

Homemade Valentine's Day Cards for your child to take to the school party!

You Make My Life Colorful Valentine’s Day Cards

Supplies:

  1. Lots of old crayons broken into pieces
  2. Heart mold (can be found here)
  3. Pink and red construction paper (cardstock paper works really well too).
  4. Glue or glue gun
  5. A sharpie or printed message that says “You Make My Life Colorful!”
Homemade Valentine's Day Cards with melted crayons for your child to take to the school party!

You Make My Life Colorful: Step-By-Step

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Place small crayon pieces into the mold.
  3. Place the molds on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes (or until they melt).
  4. Remove from oven and let cool completely (as they cool, they will harden).  You can also place them into your freezer to speed this process up.
  5. Have your child cut paper into 6’s (so each 8×11 paper makes 6 cards).
  6. Either write or print “You Make My Life Colorful” onto the cards.
  7. Glue crayon mold onto card (we used our gluegun to help this stick better).
  8. Package up for your child to giveaway at their school’s Valentine’s day party!

“Your Friendship Blows Me Away” Valentine Card

Homemade Valentine's Day Cards for your child to take to the school party!

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards for your child to take to the school party!

Supplies Needed:

  • Construction or cardstock paper (we used pink card-stock paper)
  • Child scissors and decorating edge cutting scissors (these scissors are optional)
  • Red, pink, and white washable paint
  • Paper plate
  • Kitchen sponge (cut to make heart-shapes)
  • Glue stick and a hot glue gun
  • Bubbles (or whatever gift or treat you are giving away)

Directions:

Homemade Valentine's Day Cards for your child to take to the school party!

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards for your child to take to the school party!

  1. Fold the paper in half and outline half of a heart on the crease.  Repeat for however many Valentine’s Cards you need to make.
  2. To support your child’s fine motor skills, have them cut along the dotted outline.  Once they have finished, opening the paper should reveal a full heart shape.
  3. On a paper plate, add pink, red, and white paint.  Cut-out heart shapes from an old sponge and allow your child to sponge paint each heart.  Let dry.
  4. Print out or write out any message you wish.  We did “Your friendship Blows Me Away!” and I had my son cut around each message with decorative scissors.
  5. Provide your child with a glue stick and have Him/Her glue the message to each heart (e.g. each valentine card)
  6. Hot glue gun your class “gift” to the heart/card.  In our case, we did mini-bubbles.  I handled the glue gun and placed a small amount of glue to each heart, my son then pressed the bubbles onto the card.
  7. Package up for your child to giveaway at their school’s Valentine’s day party!

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Homemade Valentine's Day Cards for your child to take to the school party!

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards for your child to take to the school party!

  • Reply
    Susan
    February 7, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    So adorable! What a great idea!

  • Reply
    Monica
    February 7, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    How did you print – you make my life colorful onto soo many sections? Do you just use Word?

    • Reply
      Annie Hull
      February 21, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      I am so sorry, I am late to respond… but yes, I just used word and copy/pasted “You Make my Life Colorful” 6 different times on the single sheet. I hope that helps!

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