Many young people and older couples alike seem to have years where Valentine’s Day is more annoying than exciting. For kids, there is the embarrassment of having to give a Valentine to everyone in the class including the geek and bully of the class. For teens there is a lot of emotional drama as the game of who likes and who dumped who seems to hit its peak. And then there are the mature adults who whether married or not, have better things to do with their time than to cut out paper hearts and write sappy love notes.
Fortunately for those of you with willing attitudes there are Valentine’s Day crafts that you can do that may not be the most exciting activities for the family, but they are sure to make your Valentine smile. So if you really want to send some love to someone special this Valentine’s Day here are some Valentine’s Day craft ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
The kiss jar is a Valentine’s Day gift designed for the special people in your life that live far away. Most every one would agree that a kiss in person is the best kind of kiss there is, but when that is not possible, a jar-full of kisses is the next best thing. All that you need for your kiss jar is a mason jar or even an empty peanut butter or jelly jar and some decorative elements. If you want to you can decorate the lid of the jar with fabric and paint the jar itself with hearts and or XOXO patterns. Inside of the jar you can use paper shaped as lips with the kiss-giver’s name on them or paper that has little love notes signed: “hugs and kisses” and the name of the sender. There are lots of creative ways that you can make this gift unique by adding small gift such as chocolate candy kisses or cinnamon red hot lips (easy to find at your local super market around Valentine’s Day). Send your love in the most tangible way possible with a kiss jar this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day treasure hunt
An easy craft that you can make and then turn into a fun activity is a Valentine’s Day treasure hunt. Start your craft by cutting out hearts, cupids, kisses, etc. out of cardstock. For an activity suitable for younger children, make a long trail of these Valentine’s Day shapes that ends with your little ones finding a fun Valentine’s Day treat. For older children with reading skills, make it a true treasure hunt by writing clues on your Valentine’s shapes and making your children search for their prize. The clues can become more difficult and more riddle-like as your children grow older in order to keep this could-be family tradition interesting.
Valentine’s Day candy poster card
Cards are a very traditional method for expressing love, especially on Valentine’s Day. A fun way to make a traditional card not so traditional is to add candy and turn the name of the candy into a part of the sentence. To start you will need a piece of poster board to secure the candy to and write your Valentine a message on. Then you can browse the candy aisle and think of how you can use the names of the treats in a phrase. Here are just a few examples:
• You are a “Sweetart” (hard candies or soft chews)
• I love you “beary” much (gummy bears)
• You’re worth more than a “Hundred Grand” (candy bar)
• Lots of “kisses” (Hershey’s chocolate Kisses)