Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means it’s time to start rounding up Valentine’s cards for those you love. Of course, you could just run to the store and buy some premade cards and call it good. However, homeschooling parents who have the time should really consider crafting up some DIY cards.
Not only will making Valentines give you and your kiddos some good quality time together, this activity also gives young students a chance to practice handwriting, spelling, and fine motor skills.
Wondering what kinds of cards you might be able to create with minimal effort and frustration? Try these simple yet adorable options.
These super cute superheroes are a hit with people of all ages. They are easy to make, sweet to eat, and the perfect gift for the heroes in your life.
Start with a Tootsie Pop or Blow-Pop. Glue a paper “mask” to the wrapper of the sucker “head”. Using a second piece of construction paper, cut out a small rounded triangle shape for the “cape” and add a short message to it. Finally, poke the lollipop stick through the top of the cape and deliver to all your family and friends.
Homemade Heart Crayons
Everyone loves to color! Feed their passion with these super cool crayons. Not only are they cute, they’re inexpensive to make.
Begin by finding all of the old broken crayons in your house. Make sure all crayons are wraperless and broken into small pieces not more than half and inch long. Add an assortment of crayons to each section of a heart-shaped silicone candy mold. Bake the crayons for 15–20 minutes at 250°F.
After removing the crayons from the oven—but before they are allowed to cool—add one drop of lemon oil to each heart. Allow the crayons to cool, then remove from the mold. Add each crayon to a special note before handing out to those you love.
Paint Sample Bookmarks
These bookmarks are an incredibly cute way to use paint sample cards you are no longer using. This craft is an especially good idea for those who work in a hardware store and see old samples thrown away regularly.
Gather several multi-color paint sample cards in reds and pinks. Use a heart-shaped hole punch to put some decorative holes in the cards. Punch one circle hole in the center of the top of each cards and tie a red, pink, or white ribbon through the hole. Finish by tucking the bookmark into a cute card or even slipping it into a favorite book to gift to a friend.
Of course, these aren’t the only great DIY Valentine’s card ideas out there. Why not think outside the box and come up with few ideas of your own to add to your arsenal?
Are you finding yourself in a creative rut? Not to worry! We have tons of amazing creative classes here at The Loop, and we’d love to have you and your students join us. Check out our calendar for more information of our offerings.