Child painting Valentine's pink heart

As a child, did you ever do Valentine’s Day at school? Sending secret cards or presents to those you had a secret crush on? As an adult have you sent items to your own children? Kids love to show affection, and enjoy sharing the love on Valentine’s Day just as much as adults do, but with this doesn’t always come cheap. Where an adult would normally send a gift/card to their loved one, children like to send gifts in multiples which can soon stack up the cost, so why not get crafty instead.

DIY Heart Cards

Painted newspapers made into cards can be a cheap alternative to spending £1’s on cards and also a great activity to do when spending some quality time with the children.

DIY Valentine's Cards
What You Will Need

• Newspaper
• Card
• Watercolour Paint
• Glue
• Scissors

How To Make

• Fold your piece of card in half
• Create a heart template that will fit on the front of the card
• Take your watercolours and paint your card in whatever colour or style you like
• Put your heart template over your newspaper and paint to create a love heart shape you can cut out once dry.
Glue the newspaper heart on to your card and there you have your very own DIY valentine’s card.

Valentines Twig Arrows

You could also try this cheap alternative, get the kids out in the garden to hunt out some good twigs and you’ve got yourself to cupid arrows.

Felt twig arrows

What You Will Need

• Twigs
• String
• Felt
• Glue
• Scissors

How To Make

• Cut out 2 felt triangles per twig
• Glue the 2 felt triangles together around the one side of the twig to create an arrow head
• Cut out 2 felt rectangle per twig, and design to look like an arrow end
• Glue the 2 felt rectangles together around the one side of the twig to create an arrow end
• Tie some string by the arrow end and the kids have got their very own cupid’s arrows

Bookmarks

Or why not encourage the children to read with these cute and colourful bookmarks.

Paint sample bookmarks

What You Will Need

• Paint Sample Cards
• String/Ribbon
• Heart Punches

How To Make

• Take one of the sample cards (free from DIY stores) and punch the card with your heart puncher in any style you want
• Add a heart hole to the top of the card and tie your string or ribbon through the top
Simple, easy and cheap bookmark made 

Heart Shaped Rice Krispy Treat Pops

It doesn’t all have to be arts and crafts, why not have some fun baking with the kids to make up little treats for them to give to friends or even to keep for themselves.

 

Heart Krispies

What You Will Need (Serves 4)

• 4 Tbsp Butter
• 16oz Mini Marshmallows
• 18oz Per Batch Rice Krispies
• 1 Heart Shapes Cookie Cutter
• Lollipop Sticks
• Rainbow Sugar Crystals
• Milk
• Food Dye (Your Choice of colours)
• 1 ½ cup Powdered Sugar
• 2 Tbsp Milk

How To Make

• Melt ½ tbsp. butter with 2 drops of food dye
• Fold in 1 cup of mini marshmallows until melted
• Add ¼ of the rice Krispy into the mix and stir well
• Butter your hands and the cookie cutter
• Gently press a scoop of rice Krispy into the cookie cutter
• Push it onto a parchment paper and you have 1 rice Krispy heart
• Repeat until all the mix is used and et the treats cool
• Once cooled completed, press lollipop sticks into the bottom of the treat
• Mix 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp. of milk
• Drizzle over treats
• Sprinkle rainbow sugar crystals over the fresh icing
If you fancy doing a few different colours, you may be best to make a few batches

White Chocolate Bark Bites

Lover of white chocolate? Entertain the kids with these easy makes and maybe save a few for yourself.

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What You Will Need

• Heart silicone mould
• 12oz Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers OR White Chocolate
• M&M’s and Sprinkles Or Choice of topping

How To Make

• Make sure silicone moulds are clean and dry
• Place mould on baking sheet or other flat surface
• Add choice of toppings into the bottom of the mould
• Melt white chocolate or the wafers
• Pour on top of the topping
• Tap the mould to make sure all chocolate has levelled out
Cool until hardened

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Easy, quick and cheap yet still an effective little treat for the kids.

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What You Will Need

• Newspaper
• Card
• Watercolour Paint
• Glue
• Scissors

How To Make

• Fold your piece of card in half
• Create a heart template that will fit on the front of the card
• Take your watercolours and paint your card in whatever colour or style you like
• Put your heart template over your newspaper and paint to create a love heart shape you can cut out once dry.
Glue the newspaper heart on to your card and there you have your very own DIY valentine’s card