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Send a little love to someone special. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day,
an anniversary, or just another Wednesday afternoon, you can always show
your loved one that you care with Aunt Annie’s Valentine-themed craft
projects. Below, kids and adults can browse Valentines, gifts, and papercraft
projects suitable for all skill levels from preschool to
post-retirement. Make a heart-shaped card or a cute plaster "love
bug," and craft a festive banner or garland for matching decorations.
If you’re still searching for a way to express your affection, pop
over to the
Valentine's Day Cards page to find the perfect handmade
card project. For heart ePapers to download and print, see
Aunt Annie's Digital Papers for Valentine's Day.
Take a look at Aunt Annie’s ideas, and pick a craft that makes your
heart go pitter-patter!
The projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to AVERAGE.
Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have
some crafting fun!
Chains - Create chains of paper hearts by cutting accordion-folded paper
strips. You can easily make paper heart chains for Valentine's Day.
It's just like cutting
Doll Chains—only easier! Use strips of red paper, plain
or patterned, to decorate for a party, in the classroom, around the
house or for a special dinner with your loved ones.
Woven Heart Valentines - Add the look of basket weaving to your Valentine's Day card
creations by weaving together paper strips or by using one of Aunt
Woven Strips digital downloads to achieve the woven-look.
The card ideas presented here can easily be adapted for other
holidays or occasions by changing the colors or using different
- This project features quick and easy Valentine designs that are
simple to make and perfect for classroom giving! Select from
printable Valentine's Day card patterns with either 6 or 9
Valentines to a sheet. You likely have everything on hand needed to
make these Valentines!
Valentine's Day Candy Jar
- It is easy to recycle an empty jar into a wonderful container for
Valentine’s Day candies. Just add some cutouts from old Valentine’s
Day cards or leftover Valentine's Day napkins to make a decorated
jar nice enough to give as a gift.
Clay Charms and Pendants
- Make charms and pendants for necklaces and bracelets using
Homemade Bread Clay or commercial air-dry clay. Make the
heart and flower pendants and heart charms for yourself or to give
as gifts. When strung on cord or a chain, they make perfect gifts
for Valentine's Day.
Appliqué Heart Valentines - These Valentine's Day cards
feature heart appliqués made with patterned papers that you can
download and print. The paper appliqués on these greeting cards are
made to resemble fabric appliqué seen on clothing and quilts. The
project includes details for making four Valentine's Day cards.
Valentine Garland of Hearts
Friday Fun - Get in the
spirit of Valentine’s Day with this easy heart-shaped tissue paper
garland. Decorate your doorways, banisters, or furniture with a
whimsical nod to the sweetest day of the year.
Heart-Shaped Box - Make a novelty box for Valentine's Day in the shape of a heart.
Choose from a variety of printable patterns for
two sizes of heart boxes. This is a cute gift box for small presents
that will bring smiles and warm hearts wherever it is displayed.
Easy Valentine Cards
Friday Fun - Simple, easy,
and effective. Draw hearts freehand for this Valentine card, and just
fold, cut and glue! Cutout cards are a great Valentine’s Day craft for
children and classroom groups.
Valentine with Pop-Up -
Make a special Valentine's Day card with a pop-up inside. Have you ever
made paper doll chains?
Using that idea, you'll cut a chain of hearts and glue it inside the
Valentine's Day card to make a pop-up that springs outs when the card is opened.
Valentine Flag Banner
Friday Fun - Much like
shouting your love from the rooftops, show off your Valentine’s Day
enthusiasm with this fun and easy paper flag banner craft. Hang it in a
doorway, over the mantel, or in the window, or use it to decorate a
Valentine-themed bulletin board. No pattern required—just cut,
glue and string.
- In this project, you'll
make a special Valentine's Day version of the tri-tetraflexagon.
This is one of the simplest and easiest
to make flexagons. It looks like a simple paper square with a front
and a back, but hidden inside is another side (or face) that is
revealed by folding the square in half and flexing it.
Friday Fun - A bit of regal
romance is easy to dream up with this simple Valentine crown. Make
one for your Prince or Princess Charming, or host a royal gala by crafting with
a group of children. Create a crown for any holiday just by changing
the paint color and decorations!
- Not all bugs are creepy and crawly! Kids will love making and
decorating Aunt Annie’s love bugs. Molded from plaster of Paris in
plastic spoons, these little painted bugs can be made into magnets
and pins—great for Valentine’s Day gift-giving.
Valentine Heart Pop-Up Cards
- If wearing your heart on your sleeve isn’t your style, make this
special Valentine’s Day card instead. A simple pop-up heart can be
included in your handmade card or incorporated into a store-bought
card for a romantic craft that shouts, "Be mine!".
Valentine's Day Pins
Friday Fun - Jewelry is a
Valentine’s Day tradition, and what could be better than jewelry you
design and create? Use heart-shaped candy molds to make custom
plaster of Paris pins for your loved one—there’s nothing
3-D Valentines -
Give your whole heart this Valentine’s Day with a three-dimensional
heart-shaped Valentine! Little fingers may have trouble with this
project, so Aunt Annie provides a kid-friendly craft option.
- Treat your Valentine to a handmade heart basket easily made by weaving
paper strips. Serve up a portable picnic by filling the basket with
candy hearts or other sweets! This classic craft is a hit with groups of
- "You light up my life" takes on a little more meaning when you give a
Valentine suncatcher craft as a gift! Tissue paper hearts look beautiful
in the window, strung on a mobile, or tucked into a special handmade
Heart Shaped Cards -
Use Aunt Annie’s printable patterns to make sweet and simple
heart-shaped Valentines. Most cards are circus-themed, featuring smiling
seals and circus strongmen, while one is crafted just for your special
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