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Valentine's Day Craft Ideas from Housewife Eclectic

Posted by Little 01/19/17 0 Comment(s) Holidays,Featured,

 

Hey guys! It is Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I am excited to share some of my favorite Valentine’s Day kid crafts with you today. My kids are little crafters. I am not sure if it comes from seeing me craft all the time or if they just like the chance to get messy, but either way, I will take it! We love to create crafts that are centered around upcoming holidays and then display them up until the holiday. I have a whole area where I display their cute little crafts.

 

Some of our favorite crafts to make are handprint crafts because in the words of my 8-year-old, “Kids love to make them and parents love to look at them!” Who doesn’t love looking at the handprints of their cute kids.

For Valentine’s Day this year, we created three handprint crafts and I love all three of them. I am not sure I am going to be able to put them away after the holiday. I will walk you through making each. I will walk you through how to make each one and give you my tips for an easier handprint experience. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Swan Hand Prints

 

You will need:

 

●A blue piece of cardstock

●White paint

●Orange paint

●Black paint

●Red Paint

●Wet Wipes

●Your cute little one

●Foam brush

 

Before I tell you how to make these darling swans, first let me give you my tips for a great handprint experience. Mixing paint and toddlers is always stressful, so here is what I do. I dress my child in an art smock or strip them completely down. We stand at the counter together (my daughter in her Learning Tower. Love it!) If you are worried about your child being a little crazy with the paint, place a trash bag down on the counter. Use a foam brush to paint your child’s hand and then place it on the paper. Have baby wipes on hand to immediately to the initial clean up. This helps prevent them from touching something before you can get the paint off. 

On to our swans. These darling swans are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Don’t they just look like they love each other? Paint your child’s hands white and then press them down on the blue paper facing out, so the palms are together. It is easiest to do this one hand at a time. Use a paint brush to turn the thumb of each hand into the neck of the swans by curving it down. After the white paint dries, add a beak, eye and a heart above the head of the swans. 

 

2.  Little Monkey

 

You will need:

 

●White cardstock

●Brown paint

●Tan paint

●Black paint

●Green Paint

●Pink Paint

●Wet Wipes

●A Foam Brush

●Google Eyes

 

Paint your little one’s hand with the brown paint and press it down on a white piece of cardstock. Turn the thumb into the tail by adding paint and making a curl. Add a circle at the other side of the hand and two little ears on either side of the circle. Allow the brown paint to dry. Add the insides of the ears with tan paint and a smaller circle of tan on the big circle of brown. Draw green vines around the Monkey and make hearts coming off of them. After the tan is dry you can glue google eyes on and add a small dot of black paint for the mouth.

 

 

3. Love Bugs

 

You will need:

 

●White cardstock

●Red paint

●Black paint

●Wet Wipes

●A Foam Brush

●Google Eyes

 

Paint your little one’s hand with red paint and press it down on a piece of white cardstock. Add large hearts to either side of the hand to be the wings and antennae on top of the hand with little hearts on each end. After the wings dry, add black spots all over them.

 

Handprint crafts are my kids most requested crafts and we have so much fun doing them. My daughter even made me an entire handprint calendar for Christmas last year! Need more ideas for kids crafts? Check out my With Kids section on Housewife Eclectic and I hope to see you on my page soon. 

 

 

Debra has been blogging over at Housewife Eclectic for 9 years. Her blog is a combination of recipes, crafts, book reviews and fun things to do with your kids. Debra has two kids, a 2-year-old and an 8-year-old and she spends her free time watching Doctor Who and waiting for her Hogwarts Letter. a 

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