Feb 132013

Need fun crafts to do with your kids at home or a class project for the kids during their valentine party?

Coffee Filter Valentine

 Supplies Needed:

  • coffee filters
  • watercolors, paintbrushes, & a cup of water
  • scissors
  • cardstock paper
  • double sided adhesive
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • white paint marker

Step one is to use water color paints with lots of water to paint your coffee filter.  You want to use lots of water to help the colors bleed together so your final snowflake is more colorful.  You can start out putting the paint on thicker and then add water to the top of it so your colors blend together.

Once your coffee filter is dry fold your filter in half and cut into a heart shape.  Id does not need to be perfect.  Once you have your heart shape feel free to fold your heart to make fun snowflake shapes.  Save your scraps, you may want to use them on the final step of the project.

I love a product called Mod Podge.  It comes in gloss, matte, glitter, outdoor, paper, kids, and the list goes on.  I personally do not like the kids mod podge because of the smell.  It is very strong and I feel the other ones do not have such an odor.  As with any glues you want to make sure you have proper ventilation.

Lay out your snowflake valentine on your piece of cardstock paper.  With a brush paint the mod podge over the heart to stick it to the cardstock paper.  You can then use your pieces you cut out of your heart and mod podge them around your heart as well.  Final step with your white paint pen is to write a valentine message.  I personally like sharpie paint pens.

You now have an adorable valentine craft that was easy and fun for all ages!

 Paper Plate Valentine Craft

Supplies Needed:

  • Paper plate
  • scissors
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • Yarn (optional)

Take a paper plate fold the plate in half.  With your scissors cut a half heart shape.  You can decide how big you want your heart.  In the picture to the left I cut about a third of the way into the plate.  You can cut deeper or closer to the top.  Once I had my heart shape I followed the inside lip of the plate to finish cutting out the heart shape.

In this second photo you can see what the final heart looks like once you open the plate.  Now that you have your heart you can decorate it.  I like to use acrylic paint with kids.  Acrylic paint is a water based paint that is easy to clean up off of services and you can pick from hundreds of colors.  At this point kids can create their masterpiece.  They can paint it as much or as little as they want.  Once the heart is dry you can tie a loop with yarn at the top so paper plate valentine can hang.  I’ve punched a hole in the top lip and strung the yarn through the hole or if you don’t want to put a hole in the lip tie the yarn around the lip of the plate.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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