These quick and easy Valentine's Day projects are fun for adults and kids to work on together, too.
This cute card is perfect for any loved one. Use decorative-edge scissors to cut out a white background. Then glue a rectangle of blue paper cut slightly smaller on top. Apply glitter to a heart cutout and adhere with hot glue. To complete the card, wrap it with a decorative ribbon tied in a knot.
An arrangement of lollipop flowers with paper petals makes an eye-catching centerpiece. For each flower, fold colored cardstock in half to cut out six hearts. Punch a small hole near the tip of each. Insert a lollipop stick and arrange the six hearts on the stem, fanning out the petals. Arrange a few flowers in a vase as a bouquet and tie on a ribbon for an extra-special touch.
A well-decorated cookie will always hit the spot. Use multiple sizes of hearts and a variety of icing colors to maximize creativity. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or tweak the traditional and try a fresh spin, such as Puffed-Heart Lemon Cookies.
Try dipping store-bought fortune cookies in melted chocolate or almond bark, then topping them off with Valentine sprinkles for a ready-in-minutes treat.
A stack of colorful hearts unfurls into a festive mobile. Using decorative-edge scissors, cut two each of five sizes of hearts from cardstock. Sandwich a 3-foot length of ribbon between the matching pairs and glue them together. Decorate with more cutouts. Tie a loop above the largest heart so your kinetic creation is ready to hang and enjoy.
Here's a clever way to give jewelry: Use a felted-wool heart to hold the jewelry in place, pop the heart in a paper muffin cup, and put it in a truffle box lined with paper. Find boxes and mini paper cups in the cake-decorating aisle of your crafts store.
Give your kids Valentine's Day parfaits. For each parfait, thread each end of a piece of ribbon through the holes of buttons; knot behind the buttons to secure. Loosely tie ribbon around the top of a long-handled spoon so the buttons trail down the side. Set the spoon in a glass; fill with candies. (Note: Group parfaits to serve as a centerpiece for a fun family dinner.)
Start with colorful cardstock, then add leaves and stems cut from green paper. Create blooming frames using paper muffin liners and special photos.
Fix your child a pink and red meal with a valentine twist. Serve strawberry-flavored milk with a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich cut with a heart-shape cookie cutter. Yummy!
Clip a sweet surprise onto your child's lunch bag. Use pinking shears to cut a scalloped border around red cardstock. Layer on a contrasting piece of paper and attach foil-wrapped chocolates with double-sided tape.
Any child would love gathering valentines from friends and family in this clever mailbox. There's just enough space inside to stash small cards and treats.
Tuck a homemade mini card into a lunch bag, a backpack, or anywhere else a loved one will find the surprise. Heart-shape paper punches and rubber stamps make mass production easy.
For the red-and-cream bookmark, cut a rectangle shape out of cream-color felt and trace a heart on the back side; cut out with scissors. Glue the piece onto red felt and trim edges with scallop-edge scissors.
For the stitched bookmark, use disappearing ink to mark stitches, then do a simple running stitch with embroidery floss along the lines. Cut a heart from red felt to glue on the front.