Once again this year, I have pushed home the idea that Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all sorts of love and not just romantic love – although, aged four, Freya has already decided who is she going to marry and seems quite determined.
Anyway, we’ve gone a bit craft crazy because when she started thinking about all the people she loves, it was quite a list!
Here are three more fun and easy Valentine’s Day crafts, which we will be sending to various family members and friends.
Hearts and flowers card.
Our monthly craft box, which we receive from Craft Merrily as part of our role as a Tots 100 Bostik Blogger, had lots of beautiful patterned paper and card in it this month, which we thought would be perfect for flowers.
We drew around a heart shape we already had and then cut them out. We folded them to make them look a bit more 3D (although not sure it actually makes much difference).
The stalks are made from green card and we positioned them on the red card first before sticking on the heart blooms. We then stuck on the pink ribbon to make it look like one of those hand-tied expensive bouquets.
Bostik White Glu.
Mini paper roses.
I’d say this was by far Freya’s favourite craft because she got to get her hands messy.
We started by drawing a heart on the baking paper and then dumping the string in a pot of glu (I diluted it the first time but it didn’t dry very well so we made the next ones with pure glu).
Once is was well covered, we then bended it to made the shape on the baking paper and left it to dry over night.
It was really quite solid. I thought it looked a bit bare on its own so I wrapped a couple of the little paper roses around it.
It works well as a hanging decoration, stuck on a flower put or on a card (I think so, anyway).
Salt dough hearts.
Salt dough is an old favourite in our house – and we made these on a day Freya was home from school poorly.
Our tried and tested recipe is a cup of plain flour, a cup of salt and half a cup of warm water. This rolls out well and holds the shape. I know you can oven dry them but, as we’ve had the heating on recently, I just put them on a baking tray on top of the radiator for a few days (I turned them over when the top turned lighter) and job done.
Freya wants to write her name on the back but I also thought you could write a nice message on card and stick it on, in case it’s hard writing directly on to the salt dough.
Please note: We were sent a box of craft materials for free in return for this blog post.