Valentine’s Day is such a fun day for kids. I always try to think outside the box of chocolates when it comes to valentines for my kids and what they take to school to share with others. There is no shortage of sugary treats for every holiday these days, so if I can find something to share that is fun for kids without calories, I consider it a victory for parents everywhere!
Almost all kids love crafting! As a kid, do you remember doing the craft with the little plastic shapes that had notches around them that you could wrap yarn around? I loved doing those when I was little and thought it would be fun to do a heart version for my kids. We have plenty of cardboard boxes at my house (thank you, Amazon…) so my experimenting began, and I love how they turned out.
You will need: a cardboard box, pinking shears or scalloped scissors, red spray paint, crafting twine, 4″ x 5″ plastic bags, and a printer.
Step 1- Trace a heart onto the cardboard box no more than 4 inches at the widest point. Here is our template.
Step 2- Using pinking or scalloped scissors, cut out each heart.
Step 3- Lightly coat each heart with spray paint.
Step 4- Measure out 14 feet of twine, string, or yarn for each heart and roll them into little yarn balls. I tried string first and loved the look of the string on the heart, however it was harder to roll into the balls. In the end, it didn’t look nearly as cute as the yarn and twine did so I decided to stick with the twine.
Step 5- Print and cut each paper valentine to insert into the 4″ x 5″ ziplock craft bags. You can use our template or you can create you own. You could say “my heart YeARNS for you” or “You pull at my heart strings” or “wrapped up in your love”… the list goes on and on.
Step 6- Bag each valentine. If you want to include instructions, you could print them on mailing labels and stick to the back of each heart.
Share the love with your little crafty valentine. That’s a WRAP!