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Crafty Mom: Five simple homemade valentines

Posted February 10

Make your own valentines with construction paper, markers and just a few other items.

It's Valentine's Day card-making crunch time with just a few days left until class parties and card exchanges.

Here are five, easy handmade options for those looking to craft their own. Bonus: Each card requires items that you probably have around the house. I made all of these with my preschooler on Monday to try them out. They are all very easy and fun.

Simple valentine

1. "I'll never 'tire' of you!": My four-year-old loves to fingerpaint. While she enjoys squishing the paint between her fingers and making all sorts of designs, she also likes to use toys, cotton swaps and other items to make different designs. This card from the Mother Nature Network uses one of her favorite items to paint with: Toy cars. Just run the cars through the paint and create tire tracks on the paper. So easy, so cute. We used construction paper, washable fingerpaints and a toy monster truck.

Hand heart card

2. "You're Just 'Write' For Me!": All you need to do is cut out a heart, put two hole punches on either side and thread a pencil through the holes (because who among us with kids doesn't have about a million decorative pencils lying around). This simple Valentine's Day card comes from FunFamilyCrafts.com.

3. "I think you're cool!":  One of my own kids received this card a couple of years ago. Just cut out a Popsicle shape from construction paper and glue it to a stick. 

4. Handprint Heart Card: Here's another my kids have made before. Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Trace your child's handprint on construction paper. Make sure that both the thumb and index finger are at the fold. Cut out the handprint, making sure you don't cut through the thumb and index finger at the fold. Open up the paper to reveal a heart shape made from the handprint. 

Watercolors reveal hidden message

5. Secret Message: Better Homes & Gardens shared this simple card that reveals a "secret message" when you paint it with watercolors. Just cut a heart from construction paper and write your secret message with white crayon. Have kids paint over it with water colors to see what it says.

 

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