Charlie's Corner

February 13, 2019

Show the Love: Valentine’s Day Crafts for the Whole Family

You’ve heard a million times that it’s the thought that counts behind the gift. So what on earth must recipients’ think when you hand them some tacky, last-minute Valentine’s Day gift from the convenience store down the block? Ugh is right. Try something new this year by creating Valentine gifts from the heart. Check out these adorable Valentine’s Day crafts your whole family can enjoy.

Valentine Love Bugs

As long as you or your older kids handle the scissors, younger tots can join in making these delightful love bugs with pom-pom bodies.

What You Need:

  • Variety of small colored pom-poms for the bug bodies
  • Plastic googly eyes
  • Colored pipe cleaners for the bug antennae  
  • Colored cardboard cut into small heart shapes for the bug bases
  • Scissors to cut your cardboard and pipe cleaners
  • White craft glue

Directions:

  1. Cut your cardboard into a small heart shape, large enough to serve as the base of a pom-pom.
  2. Pick your pom-pom and glue it to the base for the bug body.
  3. Pick out how many eyes you want your bug to have and glue them to the pom-pom.
  4. Cut a pipe cleaner in half to make two antennae for your bug. Twist and curl one end of each as desired.
  5. Stick the straight end of the pipe cleaners into a dab of glue, then stick them in the pom-pom to create antenna.
  6. Voila! You’re done.

Play around with different combinations, making bugs with bigger bodies using more pom-poms or putting the googly eyes on pom-poms on the top tips of the pipe cleaner antennae.

Valentine Pencil Cups

Valentine pencil cups are on the list of Valentine’s Day crafts that are both easy and fun for the whole family. Smaller kids can help with the glitter and stickers if they’re too young for the painting part.

What You Need:

  • Mason Jars or other empty jars that are a good size to serve as pencil, pen or marker cups
  • White acrylic paint to paint the top half of the jar
  • Red acrylic paint to paint the bottom half of the jar
  • Paint brushes to paint the jar
  • Red, pink and white glitter as desired to jazz up the jar after painting
  • Foam heart stickers to stick on the jar as your finale
  • Mod Podge to coat over the jar after you’ve applied paint, glitter and heart stickers

Directions:

  1. Apply the paint to the jar, either as half red and half white or as a mixture of red and white where desired. If you overlap the red and white paint while they’re both still wet, you’ll also get fine shades of pink.
  2. Sprinkle glitter around the jar while the paint is still wet.
  3. Stick your foam heart stickers on the jar as desired.
  4. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat of Mod Podge or clear project sealant over the paint, glitter and stickers to help keep everything in place.

Valentine Fingerprint Tree

Not only is this project adorable, but it’s probably the easiest one on the list. Just make sure to add a damp cloth (or two) to your list of supplies so you can clean up the finger paints when the project is complete.

What You Need:

  • White paper
  • Red and pink finger paint
  • Black markers
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut a heart shape out of the center of one sheet of white paper to serve as a stencil.
  2. Lay the outline of the heart shape over a full sheet of white paper so you can finger paint within the heart outline without going outside the lines on your main sheet of paper.
  3. Use your black marker to draw a tree trunk and branches inside the heart shape on your main sheet of paper.
  4. Dab your fingers and thumbs into the paints as desired, creating fingerprint tree leaves.
  5. Remove your heart stencil overlay and enjoy the finished results.

Any one these Valentine’s Day crafts is much sweeter than a tacky, last-minute gift. But if your art projects get a little out of hand, Charlie’s Soap is here to help clean up any memory of the paint and glue explosion (yes – we know, we have kids too). Happy Valentine’s Day from from all of us here at Charlie’s Soap!