Valentine's Day is the perfect day to celebrate love in its many forms. Love may be messy sometimes, and it's certainly not always perfect, but love is beautiful, nonetheless.
Here are some fun and easy craft ideas for you and your kids to do together to celebrate your love for one another.
Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids
"We hold our children's hands for a little while, but they hold our hearts forever."
Any craft that allows you to capture a moment in time, in the form of your children's hands or feet, is likely to become a cherished heirloom. By painting the bottom of their hands or feet and pressing them onto paper, this beautiful imprint can be laid onto a card or put under glass and framed. If you're really brave, you can make a cast out of clay, salt dough or homemade plaster.
Wearables have always been in style
Necklaces, bracelets, and keychains make ideal crafts for young children. All it takes are some beads from a local craft store, yarn, foam, construction paper or felt, and a lot of heart. Woman's Day Magazine recently featured a friendship heart necklace that kids will love making.
Start with a simple picture frame and then provide your kids with a wide selection of art supplies: paints, markers, flowers, candy, stamps, glitter and so much more. (Maybe not glitter, unless you want to be cleaning it up until next Valentine's Day.) They can decorate the frame in any way they want, and you'll have a beautiful keepsake to display photos of them in.
Food, glorious food
Baking is love made edible, and there are so many delicious ways to show your appreciation. Cupcakes and cookies are just the tip of the iceberg. Chocolate covered strawberries, vanilla butter popcorn, lollipops made from jolly ranchers, pretzel-hearts, Rice Krispies, treats shaped like hearts, Valentine's Day puppy chow and so much more.
Don't forget about the classic mason jar ready-made cookie mix craft. While commonly seen at Christmastime, just swap out those red and green M&Ms for pink and white ones, and you'll be ready to go.
Or, if you've got four-legged friends in the family, show them some Valentine's Day love as well with their own customized treat jars.
Messages of love and appreciation
A final way to use that mason jar, or any beautifully decorated box or another type of container, is to fill it full of messages of love and appreciation. Encourage your kids to write down on slips of paper all the people in their life who they love and why they love them. Or, if it's a gift for a parent or grandparent, all the things that person does for your child that makes them feel loved.
Remember, at the end of the day, the most significant gifts don't come from a store. They come from the heart. Happy Valentine's Day!