Whether crafting for classmates, mom & dad, or to get the house in the spirit, there are hundreds of great DIY ideas to get the kids ready for the day of love. It’s important to get them involved, and it gives them something to do during the dreary winter days. It’s also nice when these ideas are inexpensive, and you don’t have to go searching for hundreds of supplies to get these crafts done. Here are some fun ideas to get everyone in the mood for love.
Homemade Valentines Cards: Kids love getting special Valentine treats from their classmates, and I especially loved when these cards were homemade. To top it off, fun sayings and ‘punny’ jokes made Valentines Day extra sweet. Using a particular candy and a cute saying, you can make anyone’s day! Try using a pack of pop rocks candy and a cute card saying ‘You ROCK my world!’ or a mini bag of goldfish crackers with a note saying ‘You’re a great CATCH!’ They don’t have to cost a lot or be store bought to be meaningful. Some more great ideas can be found at Design Finch.
Heart Shaped Decorations: One of my favourite things to do for Valentine’s Day is to dress up the house. This doesn’t mean going over the top, but a few well-place decorations can make all the difference. Aside from buying some items from the local dollar store, you can always DIY some fun pieces to make the house look extra festive. Yarn hearts (using a pipe cleaner to shape the heart, and wrapping yarn around it,) tissue & wax paper ‘stained glass’ (using wax paper with cutout shapes of tissue glued on top to create the stained glass effect,) or even a hand print wreath (cut out hand shapes from construction paper and glue together) are all inexpensive ideas that can be done with items from around the house. And of course, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration.
Edible Treats: My favourite part of Valentine’s Day is the sweet goodies that line the bakeries and grocery stores. From heart shaped cookies to pink and red coloured sweets, there is never a shortage of themed goodies around this time of year. One of my very favourite treats are fruit leather ‘fortune cookies;’ think fruit roll ups formed to look like your favourite take-out cookie. Another favourite is candy cane lollipops, which I am including the instructions for here! Of course, never underestimate treats like cupcakes, or candy kebabs!
I hope some of these great ideas can help get you and your family in the festive mood for Valentine’s Day!
Bonus- Candy Cane Heart Lollipop Recipe
What You’ll Need:
- 12 Red & White Candy Canes
- 6 lollipop sticks
- Red, White & Pink decorative sugar or sprinkles
- White or milk chocolate melting chips
To Make (with adult supervision):
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Arrange the candy canes and sticks on a baking sheet so that the candy canes look like hearts and the stick is in the middle
- Bake for 2-3 minutes, until candy canes are slightly softened.
This will give them enough malleability to pinch the ends together to solidify the heart shape, and ensure the lollipop stick is well stuck
- In the microwave, melt the chocolate at 30 second intervals until fully melted
Pour chocolate mixture into the heart centres
- While still warm, decorate the melted chocolate
- Let set in fridge for 30 minutes