Even the tiniest hands can get involved making one of these fun creations!
Valentine’s Day Pom Pom Monsters
These cute little critters take just 10 minutes to craft.
Get the tutorial at Practically Functional.
Celery-Printed Valentine's Day Cards
It might be tough get to kids to eat their veggies—but they'll have a blast using a celery stalk to make these painted pictures!
Get the tutorial at The Merry Thought.
3-D Heart Penguin
This blogger notes that her 3-D DIY is great to get your kids to review their shapes. Plus, the end result is just too cute.
Get the tutorial at Non-Toy Gifts.
Give yarn an opportunity to bloom. Crafter Lauren De Bellis came up with this genius way to keep vases stocked with fresh flowers—even in winter. The key to creating these allium-like blossoms: pom-pom makers in three different sizes.
Wrap yarn around the tool's arms, then follow the package instructions to make your own buds. Add a dab of hot glue to the end of a thin twig and insert into each pom-pom's center. Hold in place until the glue dries (about 10 seconds) and arrange.
Make Valentine's Day cards out of paint strips—in seconds. Jodi Kahn, author of Simply Sublime Gifts, turned us on to this sweet idea for repurposing free color swatches: Press inked stamps onto the strips to form phrases like XOX and let dry for five minutes. Kahn's trick for ensuring that the ink adheres? Coat each paint strip with aerosol hair spray before stamping.
With a little bit of help, even the tiniest tots can create these beautiful butterflies.
Get the tutorial at Teaching Mama.
Heart Pencil Toppers
Writing Valentine's Day notes will be even more enjoyable thanks to these heart-topped pencils.
Get the tutorial at The Inspiration Edit.
Love Bug Hat
Your little one will love creating and wearing this lady bug cap.
Get the tutorial at Do It Yourself Divas.
Tissue Paper Wreath
This brightly colored wreath is pretty enough to hang on your front door all February long.
Get the tutorial at Happiness is Homemade.
Valentine's Day Heart Fingerprint Tree
This finger painting activity might get a little messy, but that's all part of the fun!
Get the tutorial at Easy Peasy and Fun.
Handprint Valentine Craft
Have your little one practice their handwriting skills by jotting their own sweet note in the center of craft.
Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.
Colored Pencil Vase
Magnify the hues of gifts from the garden with a kaleidoscope of colored pencils hot-glued to a glass vase or jar. Let kids fill a vase with your favorite blossoms (we chose purple and white lilacs, anemone, and privet berry) and tie a bow (we used double-faced satin ribbon) around the bottom.
A Taste of Romance
The only thing better than a home-baked sugar cookie that your kids can eat? One that doubles as a love letter. Food-safe markers make it possible. Our recipes for sugar cookies and royal icing make it irresistibly delicious.
Paper Airplane Love Notes
Give your Valentine's Day notes a lift. Take an aerial approach to letter writing with pint-size paper airplanes. CL contributing editor Cathe Holden designed this high-flying stationery. All you have to do? Print out a copy of the 8"W x 11"L PDF, jot down a note, then cut off the attached folding instructions and follow them to send your sentiments soaring.