10 Super Easy Last Minute Valentine’s Day Crafts to Do with Your Kids

I will be the first to admit it, I always have the very best of intentions, but the hours and then days slip away from me.  I swear we will do dozens of fun crafts for each fabulous kid-centered holiday and then suddenly it is upon me and I’m scrambling to keep us in the spirit.  In January, I was fully committed to my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board, coming up with what I was certain would be a series of amazing fun and crafty activities the small people and I would do together over the coming weeks.

And yet, here I am… days away and still, there is very little of the celebratory red and pink variety decorating our home.

But this is our week, people… this is OUR week. Since we don’t have a lot of time, and I trust there are a few of you just like me – who love the spirit of the celebrations and how much your small people love it…. but don’t quite have hours to dedicate between school and sports and life… So, these easy, last minute Valentine’s Day crafts are for you:

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 10.41.21 PM

Simple heart garland you can make with paint and water color paper.  I love this.  From the 52WeeksProject.  This is definitely on our list for this week.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 10.42.40 PM

Crayon Stained-Glass Heart Cards.  When I was a little girl – anything to do with stained glass and melting crayons was divine.  Hoping my small people feel the same way.  From Martha Stewart.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 10.44.07 PM

I cannot even begin to tell you how much this warms my heart.  All crafts that involved small people and their fingers and toes make me weepy.  It is the mom in me.  I just love to document their size and how much they are growing.  Not to mention… how EASY is this?  From MomsShoppingEngine.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 10.45.08 PM
This might very well be one of the easiest options I have listed…if you have some paint swatches left over from prior projects you can turn them in to lovely bookmarks and decorations in no time at all – great as gifts too, yes? From Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 10.58.46 PM

I love these purely because few things make my small people happier than marshmallows and candy.  And getting to make them as a treat for Valentine’s Day is a double win.  Not to mention… they are cute, yes? These Marshmallow Love Bugs are from The Decorated Cookie.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 10.59.49 PM

You knew I had to include something that would take virtually no time at all, but yet would be ADORABLE in the correct context, right?  These heart-shaped paper clips are it.  And I’m still wondering, ‘why didn’t I think of that?’??  From How About Orange.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 11.02.09 PM

Here is another ridiculously easy option – requiring paper, paint, and your small person’s hands, arms and fingers.  Such a good options because they are so involved and yet you need so few items to accomplish the craft.  This Love Blossom Tree is from Meet the Dubiens.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 11.03.41 PM

What is most fun about this is how easily it can entertain both small children and kids who are a little bit older.  Tracing the hands is just the first portion… you can be creative about what you put on each hand.  Leave a note or make them a conversation piece (like the conversation hearts we know so well) Seen here on Cafe Mom.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 10.45.53 PM

A fun (and easy) way to create a festive environment around the house. These would be perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner decor. From Real Simple.

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 10.48.17 PM

And here… it looks complicated, but it isn’t at ALL.  And you can use recycled jars from around the house to help create these pieces.  From FabulesslyFrugal.

10 Super Easy Last Minute Valentines Do With Kids

Moving beyond 10, An extra bonus: A personalized Valentine staring my small dude. (He’s requesting these again this year!)

I hope these have given you some good last minute crafty options.  I would love to know if you try any of them (or if there are others you love!)

For more of my favorites, check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board:

Follow Danielle Smith ExtraordinaryMommy.com’s board Valentine’s Day on Pinterest.

Have so much fun and Happy early Valentine’s Day!

  • agilecyborg

    Using paint swatches from your local hardware store for CRAFTS? Are you kidding me? What a disconnect from reality. I’d be pissed if I ran THAT hardware store. Have some respect for the business owner selling paint. Paint swatches should be used for the intended purpose- not taken by the fistful and used for crafts.

  • disqus_p8GbKbIzTV

    Wow…only Internet ppl can take something so sweet as a Valentine’s Day craft and turn it into something malicious and rude…some ppl’s kids! It’s a cute idea…it goes without saying to be respectful of the store at which the swatches are offered.

  • newhouseblues

    As someone who is currently trying to redecorate a home & frustrated by the shortage of good paint samples in my local Home Depot & Lowes- mystery of disappearing paint samples solved. THANKS a bunch for making my life harder. I bet the stores will soon CHARGE us for paint swatches thanks to “projects” like this.

  • Danielle Smith

    Oh, now – that is just silly…. first of all – I clearly say if you have some left over (also, do note – that craft is curated – as are the others), second, I too am in the process of redecorating and have made MANY recent trips to BOTH Lowes and Home Depot… I’m not sure where you live, but there is nothing close to a shortage in our local stores. My curating this post hardly created a run nationwide on hardware store paint swatches…. so thanking ME personally for making YOUR life harder because YOUR local store has a shortage of paint swatches is ludicrous.

  • Lo

    Great ideas! Thank you! For those who are upset about people using paint swatches for crafts seriously get a life! I really doubt crafters are causing any shortages! If I were to do this craft I’d only make a few anyway! They do make very cute bookmarks!

  • http://52weeksproject.com/ Rachel Mae Smith

    Thank you so much for including my heart garland in this lovely roundup!

  • Danielle Smith

    Oh Rachel – thank you so much for creating such beautiful goodness :)

  • myself

    LOL seriously I’m sure you’re suffering so much! You poor thing! You should be happy you have a home to redecorate and stop complaining that you can’t find a freakin swatch!!! smh