My kids are getting to the age now where they no longer pass out Valentines to classmates or friends at school ( sniff sniff ). I, however, can’t stop making Valentines just because of that! We can hand these out to neighbors and family, for sure! This year we’ll be making these recycled striped valentines together-probably mostly me and that’s okay!
These recycled striped hearts put my favorite things together. – stripes and Valentines Day. I raided my stash of scraps from other projects for these, but you can really use any kind of paper.
These are so versatile for just about any age that can handle a glue stick. These Valentines can be set up as an art invitation for your kids at home and I’ll put them on the art shelf in my Montessori classroom.
Let’s get started making recycled striped valentines!
What you’ll need:
Strips of paper(I used scraps from my envelope making activity and some vintage wrapping paper.)
Washi Tape is another good way to make stripes.
Thicker paper for the heart background(could even be cardboard from cereal boxes)
I do like to set the supplies up in a little tray as shown above, at home or at school. It makes it easy for everyone to just be able to just grab the trayand begin!!
The easy how-tos:
- To make this super easy for the kiddos pre-cut strips of paper. Ours were about 6 inches long and pretty skinny. Just make sure they are long enough to span your hearts.
- Cut out squares for your heart base-ours were about 5″ square, but this can vary.
- Draw hearts on one side of your background paper. This way it’s easy to cut out the hearts when the strips have dried.
4. Begin by gluing the strips of paper onto the base paper (drawn heart side down). These can be spaced so you see the background paper – or not! Experiment by gluing them on diagonally or randomly, as well.
5. Flip the paper over and cut around your heart. Turn it over and your heart is done!
Now you can glue this to another sheet of paper to make a card. Or use as is and write your message on the back. Punch holes in the tops and hang a bunch as a banner.
The options for colors and effects are endless!!
Check out these other posts for some more fun Valentine ideas:
Make your own envelopes HERE.