The simplest way to approach any creative endeavor is to begin what you already have. These easy homemade valentines use artwork your child has already created! Process art pieces–where the end product was not the main focus–are perfect for repurposing. They are abstract and colorful and work well when cut into new shapes. I try to save as much of my kids artwork as I have room for-but if you don’t have any you’ll just need to do one extra step.
Gather up old artwork!
For these easy handmade valentines the most colorful and abstract artwork is the best. If you don’t have any saved or can’t bear to cut up what you have, just create some! Have your kids experiment with watercolors or acrylics, crayons or markers.
The first step is to cut out hearts. Depending on the age of your kids, you may have to do this for them. I cut the artwork into rough square shapes and loosely fold them in half for my kids to cut out hearts that way. You can trace a template on the back of the art to cut the hearts out, too. I love the wobbly look of a free formed heart, myself.
Now think about the material you’ll use for the card. We had black construction paper, brown paper bags and cereal boxes. We cut rectangles out of the paper bags and cereal boxes and painted them to add some contrasting colors and let them dry before attaching the hearts. You could even write directly on the hearts themselves!
I think handmade Valentines are just THE BEST. However, I do have to admit that consumerism has gotten the best of my kids since they have gotten older. After many years of handing out handmade Valentines in school, they discovered that we could purchase cards with characters or jokes or tattoos. Wanting to do nothing to ruin the fun of it all, I succumbed and let my boys purchase cards for their classmates. Unfortunately as they have gotten older, handmade cards became a little bit of an embarrassment to them as none of their classmates made their own(so sad to me!!) But, we still make cards to give to family, close friends, and neighbors.
I have such fond memories of Valentine’s Day–crafting a mailbox from an old shoebox and doilies that I’d proudly carry into school to hold all of my cards. The concept of giving and receiving cards from everyone was so wonderful to me.
I’d love to hear about your Valentine traditions! Comment below or tag me @heyfuzzymama on Instagram.