Valentine’s Day Crafts That Are Fun and Easy for Kids to Make

By Alexandra Churchill for marthastewart.com | Updated February 06, 2020

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Your fondest memories of Valentine’s Day may actually be from a time when you weren’t even in a relationship. After all, handing out handmade Valentine’s greetings loaded with sweets to classmates and teachers is one of the school year’s best moments. There are so many ways that kids can incorporate classic emblems of Valentine’s Day spirit—from roses to chocolate and heartfelt gifts—without having to think about true romance. The following ideas and how-tos can be crafted with the whole family on a fun February afternoon, and they make perfect presents for teachers, classmates, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and neighbors, too.

Glue and paper crafting supplies are fodder for Valentine’s Day fun, and many of our best handmade cards are actually a joy to make. Skip store-bought Valentine’s Day card sets and opt to create your own versions of our cheeky cards that’ll make any Valentine smile; some cards are themed more classically, like our pipe-cleaner smooches idea, while others are a bit unexpected. Our “love bug” Valentine’s cards, for one, incorporate fun toy tchotchkes for those who aren’t big on chocolate or sweets. There’s even a few ideas that make use of common household items that can be upcycled into a Valentine’s Day surprise.

But if your little one has something sweet in mind, we have a few ideas for incorporating handmade sweets that move way beyond convenience store candy. Try adorning greeting cards with candy dots, for example, or creating little goodie bags made with glassine sleeves full of your favorite candy in bulk. To start your family off with a bit of heartfelt inspiration, here are some of the sweetest ways kids can get in on the Valentine’s Day excitement this year.

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