Back in the day before the 5am wake-up calls, the long work hours and loads of laundry and dishes – I had extra time to do fun and creative DIY projects. Because I want to be that mom that’s involved and creative and messy and (most importantly) FUN, I’m making time with my babies to do all the things!
I’ve done this kid-approved homemade Valentine craft project two times now and both times have been so fun for my kiddo’s and too easy for me. Any activity that lets the kids be creative, takes little prep and can be done for under $5 bucks is a win in my book!
1. Card Stock
2. Washi Tape (because it’s thin and not super sticky – which makes it easy to remove at the end)
3. Washable Paint (because this will be all over the child, the highchair and yourself)
*I’m sure almost all of these items or similar variations can be already found in your home.
1A. Fold an 8×11 piece of cardstock hamburger style and cut it in half. Use your washi tape to tape off your designs.
1B. For the older kids, I found this awesome Heidi Swapp heart stencil that I taped with washi to the cardstock for Kingston to be able to use as a guide. Kingston was able to paint all the hearts ‘like a big boy’ instead of painting with his fingers like Krimson.
2. With no rhyme or reason, drop blobs of paint sporadically across the card stock.
3. Tape the card stock to the highchair and let your little one go to town fingerpainting.
<–Krimson 1.5 Kingston.5 –>
4. Let dry, remove the tape and give away your homemade valentines!!
Finished Homemade Valentines
Simple enough, right? 5 minutes of prep time, how ever long their attention span lasts for creation and then 1-2 hours drying time. I think the most time consuming part of this whole project, is finding where I stashed away the address book and addressing all the envelopes.
These easy handmade valentines will get sent in the mail to all of our family near and far! This kid friendly DIY was super simple, super inexpensive and the kids LOVED playing in the wet/messy paint. Not only were they able to be creative, but Kingston worked on his fine motor skills and Krimson was able to get in some sensory play. Mom win!
Are you a handmade kind of mama or more of a grab something at the store quick kind of mama?