3 Brilliant Valentine’s Crafts For ChildrenJanuary 31, 2019 • Outdoor Ideas
As you know at Muddy Puddles we love a nature craft activity and for Valentines we have a couple of ideas for love tokens that your children will have lots of fun making.
Read on to discover how to ‘rock your valentine’, ‘grow your love’ or make a heart-shaped bird feeder with our Valentine’s craft activities…
1) Rock Valentines
These glittery Valentine’s rocks are very easy to make and involve three of every child’s favourite craft materials: rocks, glue, and glitter.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Glitter (even better if it is biodegradable)
- Gather small, smooth rocks, wash & dry them.
Head outdoors and find a few of your favourite rocks in the park or your garden. Bring them inside and scrub them clean, give them a rinse, and spread them out on a baking tray in a hot oven for a few minutes to dry.*
*Note : If you gather rocks from a wet area, such as a stream, do NOT put them in the oven as the moisture may make them explode
Squeeze a small amount of white glue into a dish.
- Paint heart with glue.
Use a fine paint brush to paint a heart on a rock with glue.
- Apply glitter
Sprinkle your wet glue heart with glitter.
- Remove extra glitter.
Shake off the excess glitter from the rock then leave it to dry for about 30mins to 1 hour in a warm, dry place
Now you can admire and share your new glitter rock valentine.
Make more Rock Valentines.
2) Seed Paper Valentines
For those with green fingers then Seed Paper Valentines is the craft activity for you.
This is the DIY Valentine that keeps on giving. It’s a homemade paper heart filled with seeds. In the spring, your Valentine plant the paper heart and gets to watch the wildflowers grow.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 1 cup of ripped-up newspaper + red/pink paper
- 2 cups of water
- Wildflower seeds
- 3 heart-shaped mini aluminum pie tins or silicone molds
- 2 large bowls
Prep Your Paper
- Tear the newspaper or junk mail into small pieces. This is the perfect task for tiny hands that need something to do! Be sure to throw in a few small pieces of red or pink paper.
- In a blender, blend the water and paper until it’s chunky. It should look like oatmeal.
- Dump the mixture into a bowl.
- Take handfuls of the pulp and squeeze out most of the water. The pulp should now be moist, but not sopping wet.
- Put your squeezed-out pulp into a clean bowl.
Make Your Seed Paper
- Sprinkle your pulp with wildflower seeds and gently mix with your fingers.
- Divide your pulp into three equal parts.
- Mash each part into the mini pie tins or silicone molds.
- You can pat the tops dry with a cloth to get rid of excess moisture.
- After 24 hours, pop the paper hearts out of the tins and place them on a cookie rack for another 24 hours to finish drying.
- Attach these hearts to homemade cards or simply wrap them in wax paper and give away as Valentines.
Be sure your Valentine knows to plant the heart in the spring, water it well and watch a sweet patch of wildflowers come to life!
Clever Phrases You Can Use with Your Seed Paper Valentine
“Plant this heart and watch our friendship grow!” (child friendly)
“Sowing the seeds of love.”
“Add water. Watch love grow.”
“Plant this heart. Plant a kiss on my cheek!”
3) Heart-shaped bird feeder
Create a lovely Valentine’s Day bird feeder for all the lovely birds to dine on.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 2 cups birdseed
- 1/2 cup lard or peanut butter
- Mixing bowl
- A piece of string for the hanger
- Heart-shaped cookie cutters
- Mix your peanut butter/lard and bird seeds together in a large mixing bowl
- Transfer the seeds into the cookie cutters to the half way point
- Place a piece of string in birdseed to be able to hang your bird feeders later on
- Put your birdseed in the freezer for an hour so you can unmold your bird feeders easily
- Unmold your bird feeders and hang them from a tree – keep the remaining bird seed mixture in the fridge until you are ready to hang them