DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts & Gifts
Valentine’s Day is all about love and what better way to show love than hand made, a family arts and crafts project. These easy Valentine’s Day crafts ideas use mixed media for unique projects that can be gifted, used as decor or as a memorable keepsake. Smiles are sure to abound from homemade Valentine gifts come from the heart and hand. Let’s create festive and fun Valentine’s Day crafts by combining different types of art supplies and then enhancing your designs with texture, shimmer & shine -it’s easy to do!
We used small canvases, heart shaped wood cutouts from a craft store (or fashion your own from sturdy cardboard/posterboard.)
Chunkies Paint Sticks (3 variety packs available)
Rainbow Sparkle Markers
lil’ Poster Paints (2 varieties available)
lil’ Paint Brush Set
Pixie Paste Glitter Glue
Dot-A-Lot Dimensional Craft Paint (Pearlescent or Neon)
Begin by gathering your art supplies and readying your workspace. With younger children you may want to cover your table with craft/newspaper first.
Mini Canvas Artwork
The easiest way to apply large swatches of color to your Valentine’s Day craft is with paint sticks. They glide on, dry quickly and don’t smudge-perfect for the younger artist. But don’t be fooled, these vibrant paint sticks are not just for kids. You can draw/paint beautiful heart designs onto your canvas, but you don’t have to color it the traditional red, let the imagination take hold and get expressive with all the bright colors. Chunkies Paint Sticks come in a variety of hues, from classic colors to neon and metallic to suit anything you can dream up. The thick plastic barrels easy to hold, keep fingers clean and just twist up for more paint. They are the perfect medium for little or big artists alike.
Sparkle Glitter Markers:
Start with the sparkle, Rainbow Sparkle Markers add the fun and shine to any art project. First, outline your hearts, then you can decorate with one of the ten classic color glitter markers. Fill in with one of the 5 pastel colors to give your Valentine craft some zing! Make it pretty in pink!
Tip: if giving the canvas for a Valentine’s day gift, leave some room somewhere to add a personal or heartfelt message for the recipient. Add a small easel for displaying your art.
Wooden Heart Cutouts
Choose your palette for painting your cutout, pretty in pink, classic red or passionate purple or your very own preference. An assortment of paint brushes is great for options in creating your Valentine’s day craft. With the wooden cutout, you may want to prep paint both sides – be sure to leave time for drying in your project. Poster Paints are great for filling in the background by using a larger brush, for more delicate designs use a brush with a pointed tip.
Once your heart cutouts are painted, the next step is it to add some dazzle! Glitter glue is one of our favorites, each jar has a brush attached to the cap for easy application. With 6 colors & glitter glue styles your Valentine will surely shine.
3-D Craft Paint:
Another option is adding a dot a lot paint to your cutouts. Again, you can prep the wooden surfaces or choose to paint directly on the wood. Create borders and patterns that stand out in lustrous pearly shades or go bold with a bit of neon tones. Simply squeeze the bottle to add dots of paint or draw heart patterns. It is important to allow for ample drying time after applying.
The wooden cutouts can be used as Valentine hanging ornaments or strung together to form a Valentines garland of happy sparkly hearts for decor. Whether creating your hearts for an easy Valentine’s Day craft project or Valentine’s Day gifts, you will be sure to leave a place in the hearts of your recipient. Be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day card blog post for more fun ideas on card making.