Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’ve been doing crafts with my kids in preparation. In our house, our tradition is to treat the day as a celebration of love for our family so we have fun making arts and crafts, baking heart-shaped desserts and making each other cards. It meant something very different before I had kids – cue the romantic dinner and music – but now it’s all about spending time with our kids making happy memories and adorable keepsakes.
This year we decided to center all of our crafts around paint, specifically we used Crayola washable paint because it is gluten free. See my post on gluten free art supplies for more ideas.
Here is the supply list for all of our crafts:
- Crayola washable paint
- 2 8×10 canvas
- Construction paper
- Double sided tape or gluten free glue
- Pink string
- Masking tape or painter’s tape
- Letter stencils
- Hole puncher
- To make this, start by using the “L” and “E” stencils with red paint. If you don’t have stencils you can use tape around the edges.
- Let them dry.
- Once dry, paint your child’s hand with the red paint and place it where the “O” would be. Wash their hand off when done and dry to prevent it from getting on everything else in sight 🙂
- Next, paint your child’s left foot and help them step on the canvas in a slightly diagonally facing out position.
- Repeat with your child’s right foot in the opposite direction so that their feet make the letter “V”.
- Let it dry, date the back, and hang it on the wall.
- Cut out white construction paper in the shapes of hearts – we made 6.
- Let your child paint them with red and pink and any other colors you like. We used paint brushes and sponges to make different textures.
- Once finished, let them dry.
- If you like, you can cut smaller hearts out to glue on the center as we did in the picture above.
- Punch a hole in the top of each and weave the string through it and tape to the door.
- Take out an 8×10 canvas.
- Make a shape on it for your child with painter’s tape (or masking tape).
- Let your child paint whatever designs and colors they like on the canvas.
- Allow it to dry.
- Remove the tape (let them watched, they’ll be amazed)
- Hang on the wall or stand it up on a small tabletop easel.
Whether you make the above crafts or different ones, be sure to write in the dates on the back of them and your children’s names. They’re priceless, original pieces of art that you can hang up year after year. Your kids will love to see how old they were when they made each of them and as the year’s go by a date and name on the back will be helpful reminders.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!