Crafty Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day originated in the Middle Ages and was named after Saint Valentine. There are varying opinions about the origins of Valentine’s Day (there were actually three saints named Valentine). But, today we have come to recognize February 14th as a day of love and romance. It is a day to show each other how much we care and to say thank you for being a part of my life! Here are some neat ideas to help celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family and friends.

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

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For a special treat this year, try making these Lollipop Heart Flowers. They are a card and a treat combined into one!

Supplies Needed:

Construction paper
Heart Template (included, just print!)
Bag of Dum Dum Lollipops
Scissors
Pencils
Elmer’s Glue
Markers
Hole Punch
Stickers (optional)
Glitter (optional)

 Instructions:

1. Print out the heart template and cut out the heart shapes.

2. With a pencil, trace the hearts onto pink, red, white (or whatever color you desire) construction paper. Cut the hearts out with your scissors. You will need 4 hearts for each card. You can make all of the hearts the same color or mix and match.

3. Glue two hearts together at the pointy tips. Punch a hole into the center with your hole punch. Now, glue the other two petals over the top like a cross (be sure not to cover up your hole). This is your flower.

4. With the markers, write your message onto the petals. You could use To: and From:, Be Mine, 2 Good + 2 Be = 4 Gotten, You’re Sweet, anything you want to say! Add glitter or stickers if you desire.

5. The Dum Dum will be your stem. Dab on a generous amount of glue and insert a lollipop into the center hole.

6. Once dry, your card is ready to give to your Valentine!

Heart Garland Keepsake

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The whole family can get involved in this one. Remember that old t-shirt you just can’t part with? Do you have clothes the kids have out grown? How about old curtains with sentimental value? Now, you can make good use of those treasures! Keep them around in the form of this garland that will be sure to brighten up any room. This is a keepsake to enjoy for years to come.

Supplies Needed:

Scissors
Twine
Old T-shirts, Curtains, Sheets, etc.
Light Cardboard (like a box pop comes in)
Hole Punch
Sharpies
Heart Templates (included, just print!)
Tape
Low Temp Glue Gun
Red Ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

1. Print out the heart templates – you can find them with a simple Google search. Cut the hearts out with your scissors. Tape them onto the cardboard, trace them and cut around them to make cardboard cutouts of the hearts. Punch two holes at the top of each side of the top of the hearts for stringing.

2. Use the heart cutouts to trace hearts onto all different kinds of fabric with the sharpie. You will need two pieces of fabric (the same size) for each heart that you make. Trace enough hearts so you can make 10-20 (2 sided).

3. Cut out all of the fabric hearts. Hot glue 2 pieces of the same size together for each heart. Trim edges as needed. Punch four holes at the top of each heart using your template as a guide. You may need to use your scissors to help poke the holes through depending on the thickness of the fabric

4. Use your twine to string all of the hearts together in any sequence you like. Note: If you take a piece of scotch tape and wrap it around the end of your twine, it will string through the hearts much easier. Tie red bows on each end of your garland if desired. Your garland is ready to hang up!

Valentine’s Day Centerpiece

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Ever wonder what to do with all of those Valentines the kids get at school? Now you can display them on this cute Valentine’s Day tree.

Supplies Needed:

Assorted Branches
Yarn
Hole Punch
School Valentines (or hearts cut from construction paper)
Gold or silver spray paint
Ribbon
Vase

Instructions:

1. Collect several assorted branches from outdoors or, purchase from a craft store. Spray the branches with either silver or gold paint.

2. Once dry, arrange the branches, tie a ribbon around them and place in the vase.

3. Punch holes into the top of your Valentine cards or cutout hearts. Cut several 6 inch pieces of yarn. String through your holes, tie a knot and hang the cards all around your tree.

 Homemade Valentine’s Day Sock Wreath

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This wreath is a great welcome to visitors and most of the supplies to make it can be found at your local dollar store!

Supplies Needed:

10” or 12” Foam Wreath
Foam or Felt Pieces in pink and red
X and Y Templates (included, just print!)
4 Pairs of Valentine’s Day Tube Socks (or tube socks in pink, red, white, etc.)
Low Temp Glue Gun
Scissors
Ribbon
Packing Tape

Instructions:

1. Print out the x and y templates onto cardstock or other heavy paper. Cut out the x and y templates with your scissors.

2. Cut the heels and toes off of your socks.

3. Cut the foam wreath in one spot in order to make a place to slide on your socks.

4. Gather your socks up and keep sliding socks on until your wreath is full. Tape your wreath back together with the packing tape and spread the socks all around evenly.

5. Use your x and y templates to trace and cut out shapes from the foam or felt. Hot glue those onto the wreath in any pattern you choose.

6. Use the ribbon to hang the wreath on your front door.