Making Valentine’s crafts with what you have on hand is a great way to promote creativity and ingenuity. Additionally, not having to run out to the store to buy craft materials gives you more time and money to spend where you want to. After all, Valentine’s Day is best spent saying kind words, giving thoughtful (not necessarily expensive) gifts and sharing time with the ones that you love. If you need some help thinking up ways to transform the everyday objects that you have lying around your house into fun Valentine’s Day crafts, here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
Family post office
Valentine’s Day provides a great opportunity for you to grow closer to the members of your family by writing kind notes and delivering them to each other. You can use your own family mailbox as the drop off point for the letters (just make sure the postman doesn’t mistake them for real letters) or you can make individual mail pouches out of folded paper or manila envelopes or hanging pockets out of paper plates that can be placed on bedroom doors or knobs. Mom and dad should provide fun paper, stickers, writing utensils, etc. so that the kids have everything they need to send Valentine’s to each other and to their parents. Of course parents should set the example by sending all of their children at least one first-class Valentine message. You could add more excitement to this activity by creating a family mailbox that no one would be allowed to open until February 14th. Spend the week or two before Valentine’s Day filling up the box. Reading all of your notes is exciting and heart-warming. Remember that even a short and simple note from the heart can mean a lot to the person that you are giving it to.
Internet Valentine’s Day coloring activities and crafts
One craft that takes only a few seconds to get ready is to print off coloring pages from sites that offer free Valentine’s Day coloring pages. Do a simple search for Valentine’s Day crafts or Valentine’s Day coloring pages and you will find dozens of coloring options that will keep your kids busy. All you have to do is point, click and print.
Valentine’s Day tree
As Valentine’s Day is right about the time when some busy parents really commit to taking down the Christmas tree, why not get some use out of it while it is still up by turning it into a Valentine’s Day tree. Take off the Christmas ornaments and instead cover the tree with love notes, heart cut-outs, candy (including heart shaped candy canes), and red, pink and while colored ribbons. Also, you can add the Valentine’s notes that you receive to the tree to make it even more full of holiday cheer. See how many branches you can cover your family tree with as you deck the halls a little differently.
The 12 days of Valentine
Celebrating Valentine’s Day for 12 days may seem like more work than you are willing to commit to, however, doing so does not have to take more time or resources than what you already have available. All you need to do is consider the treats, activities and Valentine’s crafts that you know how to make from things you find around your house. Take each day at a time and think of something that you can do that is in keeping with the themes of Valentine’s Day. For example, the first of the 12 days of Valentine’s Day could consist of a note explaining that you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day for twelve days and that for the first activity of the twelve you will all make pink cupcakes for dessert. Your kids will love that they get a special surprise activity or treat every day and doing so dramatically builds the anticipation for February 14th.