Valentine’s Day Butterfly Pencil Topper
Looking for a quick last minute Valentine’s Day craft project to give to the whole class? These fluttering butterflies are perfection, kids will love seeing them wiggle around as they write! I worked with Aleene’s glue to make this cute pencil topper and it’s so easy to make you could totally hand out a bunch of these for V-day, such a great alternative to those store bought impersonal Valentine’s. A handmade touch makes them so much more special and each one will be unique!
Pipe cleaners are really a staple when it comes to crafting you just have to know which crafts to use them for, they aren’t the best to be glued down. Pipe cleaners are best used when bent and wrapped around something or used all by themselves. They work great for twisting around pencils or even pens to create a fancy, fun topper!
Visit Aleene’s to see the full video tutorial and a list of materials for creating this craft yourself and with the kids!
So pretty and super fun! I love how the tissue paper fills in the spaces on the butterfly wings. I used a paper punch for the little butterflies and let me tell you, kids LOVE using those paper punches. There’s a little thrill you get when the punch pierces the paper and then you lift the punch away to reveal that perfectly cut out shape! It really is a split moment of magic, to see the look on a child’s face after they see how awesome and fun it is to cut a shape this way. I definitely reccomend investing in some paper craft punches, especially the basic shapes, you will use them ALL the time!
I hope you all enjoy your Valentine’s Day, make lots of fun things!
Valentine’s Day Snow Globe
Who says a snow globe is just for winter? Why not make your own magical globe for Valentine’s Day? Use some leftover holiday supplies to make this charming scene! I happened to pick up those mini bottle brush trees and the little plastic deer at the craft store right after Christmas, they were on clearance for only a few dollars so really it was a steal. I figured why not make a snow globe Valentine’s inspired using these materials, and I’m pretty happy about how it came out, it think it’s pretty sweet and would certainly make a nice gift. Kids will also surely love making a snow globe like this too!
I put together a video tutorial for this gem right here at The Art Dream, take a look at it below but first, here’s what you’ll need...
Step 1. Paint your bottle brush trees with an all purpose paint. Let them dry really well because you don’t want the wet paint to mix with the water or your snow globe will be ruined.
Step 2. Cut a pice of styrofoam to fit the inside lid, paint it and let it dry well also.
Step 3. Hot glue the styrofoam to the lid then hot glue on your trees and figurines.
Step 4. Fill your jar about 3/4 of the way and add about 2 tablespoons of glycerine and glitter of your choice.
Step 5. Place the lid in the jar and add more water if needed!
Mini Felt Flower Wreath
Felt flowers last so much longer than real ones, plus they show off the everlasting love you have for that special someone! It’s so simple to make a beautiful felt wreath. I partnered with Aleene’s glue on this project, they make a wonderful fabric glue called Fabric Fusion and it holds the felt together incredibly! Fabric Fusion is also a great alternative to hot glue especially when working with young children. I know how frustrating glueing felt could be so definitely check out this glue if you’re looking for something strong to hold your felt projects together!
Using felt to create your Valentine’s Day projects and giveaways is such a great choice because you know they’ll have a little bit (or a lot of bit) haha, more life to them than traditional paper crafts. It’ll be something you can keep around for spring or pull out again year after year for decorating. I especially love felt projects because they hold up better in storage and they won’t break when mishandled. So think about swapping that craft paper for felt once in a while.
To see more of this craft visit Aleene’s to get the full video tutorial along with a list of materials!
Puffy Heart Printable Craft
Puff, puff these hearts beat right off the page. I make it easy for you and the kids to make the most lovable hearts for Valentine’s Day! Just print, cut and fold these easy 3D hearts! It can’t really get much more fun than this, you’ll get two different sized hearts with this free printable to make your own Valentine’s for giving out this year!
The possibilities are endless with this cute little template, make cards or mailboxes, glue them to gift bags or mount them in a shadow box for a quick Valentine’s Day decoration. Just download the free printable below and get started on blowing someone’s mind or melting their heart! Be sure to take a look at my quick video tutorial as well! Hope you guys have fun! Can’t wait to see all of the wonderful things you come up with!
If you like this printable be sure to check out more of my original designs in the shop!
Step 1. Print out the template on colored cardstock.
Step 2. Cut the hearts out with a scissor or craft knife, be sure to leave all of the flaps intact.
Step 3. Decorate your hearts as you wish, add glitter, crumpled tissue paper or even stamps on your hearts.
Step 4. Fold the flaps back and fold the center. Glue the smallest flap to its corresponding side to close the heart.
Step 5. Use the bigger flaps to glue down to your paper or background.
Tube Craft Characters with Flower Tops
Use some fresh flowers this season to warm up those winter blues! Flower top character planters are the perfect little companions for little kids and adults too! These guys also make great Valentine’s day giveaways. I teamed up with OOLY.com to bring you these fun flower heads, just check it out for yourself. There are so many possibilities with this fun and easy craft, use all different kinds of flowers to create a mini floral arrangement perfect to give to that special Valentine!
Visit OOLY.com to find a tutorial on how I’ve made these flower top characters, I even used a piece of wet floral foam inside to keep the flowers fresh for a bit. I also love the white gel marker on black paper look, it gives this craft that vintage feeling!
Try all different kinds of flowers with all different kinds of funny faces! I bet the kids can come up with some fantastic things!
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
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