Try a new manicure on Valentine's Day.
Try a new manicure on Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day crafts are a wonderful way to show your loved ones just how much you care.

In this article you will discover crafty ways to celebrate the fun and romance of Valentine's Day. Check out the following pages to get more out of your Valentine's Day.

Stained Glass Heart

Let your love shine through with a heart-shaped stained glass project made with tissue paper.

Valentine Ideas

Learn how to make your Valentine's Day card stand out from the crowd.

Drinking Straw Necklace

The drinking straw necklace consists of straw beads and cardboard hearts, an easy project for little hands.

Blown-Egg Sachet

A gift never smelled so sweet. See how to make a sweetly-scented sachet from an empty eggshell.

Caramel Nut Sweets

Make sweets for your sweetie with an easy-to-make candy recipe.

Queen of Stolen Hearts Game

Get active and steal some hearts with a quick-paced game of stealth and wits.

Candy Clips

Cleverly-made clips featuring candy message hearts will remind your valentine how much you care the whole year through.

Love Potion Number Nine

A frosty, fruity drink so good, everyone will want to be your valentine.

Brokenhearted Puzzle

Send your loved one a secret message using a homemade valentine puzzle.

Flying Cupid Mobile

Let a Cupid mobile hover over your Valentine's Day party and Cupid will do the rest.

Heart Flowers

Give a traditional Valentine's Day gift a new twist with a homemade heart bouquet.

Swinging Valentine Puppet

Entertain your valentine with a puppet show using your own puppets.

Love Knot

Learn how to make love knots, one of the oldest traditions of Valentine's Day.

'Heart of Gold' Picture Frame

Picture your love in an adorable heart-shaped frame made with gold raffia.

Homemade Hearts

Spice up your life with aromatic heart-shaped ornaments.

Seed Heart Decoration

Make a seed-covered heart-shaped gift for your sweetheart.

Red-Hot Hearts Nail Decorations

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a festive two-tone nail design.

Pipe Cleaner Pup

Give a Pipe Cleaner Pup that howls with puppy love.

Valentine's Day Heart Wreath

Decorate your door or party with a versatile Valentine's Day decoration.

Valentine's Day Pins

Wear your heart on your sleeve with a pin made from dough.

Heart-breaker

Advanced crafters will enjoy tackling a heart made from beads.

Valentine Candy Magnet

Deceivingly delightful-looking candy magnets made from moldable plastic make for a pretty and practical Valentine's Day present.

Valentine Heartthrob Bag

This easy-to-make bag is the perfect place to store all your Valentines.

Sweetheart Sachet

This sweet-smelling sachet is a great gift for a special friend.

Lovebirds Balloons

Love will be in the air this Valentine's Day when you make these balloon crafts.

In the next section, you will learn how to make a stained glass heart, an eye-popping gift for your valentine.

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Stained Glass Heart

The Stained Glass Heart craft features a contrast between a black background and colored tissue paper that makes your design pop out.

What You'll Need:

Black construction paper

Light-colored pencil or chalk

Blunt scissors

Colored tissue paper

Craft glue

Fold a piece of black construction paper in half. Draw half of a heart shape along the fold. Draw shapes inside the heart to cut out. Cut out the heart shape as well as the inside shapes. Glue different colors of tissue paper on the back of the paper, covering the inside cutout shapes. Hang your stained glass paper heart in a window so that the light shines through it.

In the next section, learn how to make a stunning Valentine's Day card for your sweetheart.

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Valentine Ideas

Valentine's Day is a time to say you care about others. Show them how much with these heartfelt valentine ideas.

What You'll Need:

Doilies

Blunt scissors

Red and white construction paper

Craft glue

Glitter

Satin ribbon

Craft stick

Plastic sandwich bag

Valentine candy

Doily Cards:

Cut heart shapes from doilies, and glue them on red and white construction paper hearts. Use glue to write Be Mine on the doily. Cover the glue with glitter. Tie satin ribbon in small bows, and glue them to the doily cards. Once the glue has dried, shake off the excess glitter.

Heart and Arrow Cards:

Cut a heart shape from red construction paper. Cut a smaller heart from white construction paper and glue it on top of the red heart. Make an arrow from a craft stick and construction paper. Write a valentine for someone special. If you want, attach a plastic sandwich bag filled with valentine candy.

On the next page, see how to easily make an adorable Drinking Straw Necklace for your darling valentine.

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Drinking Straw Necklace

A drinking straw necklace makes a great Valentine's Day gift.
A drinking straw necklace makes a great Valentine's Day gift.

The Drinking Straw Necklace lets you to shower your valentine with jewels.

What You'll Need:

Thin red and white poster board

Pencil

Scissors

Plastic red and white drinking straws

Red embroidery thread

Embroidery needle

White box or bag

Markers

Draw and cut out 1/2-inch hearts from red and white poster board (cut out between 15 to 25). Have an adult help you cut the drinking straws into 1/2-inch pieces. (To keep pieces from flying, cut the straws inside a large grocery bag.) Cut a length of embroidery thread the length you want the necklace -- be sure the loop is long enough to pass over a person's head.

Tie the thread to a straw piece at one end to keep the pieces from falling off as you string them. Thread the other end of the thread with an embroidery needle. To make your necklace, take turns threading hearts and straw pieces until the thread is full. You may need an adult to help you carefully push the needle through the center of each cardboard heart.

To finish, remove the needle and the end straw piece, and tie the two ends of the string together. Put your necklace in a small white box or bag that you decorated with the words 'Be Mine.' Whoever gets these beautiful jewels will surely want to be yours forever.

If you are looking to make a nose-pleasing gift, click to the next section to learn how to make the sweet-smelling Blown-Egg Sachet.

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Blown-Egg Sachet

The Blown-Egg Sachet is a pleasing gift to the nose and eyes.
The Blown-Egg Sachet is a pleasing gift to the nose and eyes.

The Blown-Egg Sachet treats your loved one's nose with a sweetly scented gift.

What You'll Need:

Egg

Hat pin

Bowl

Cotton

Scented oil

Miniature dried craft flowers

Paints and paintbrush or markers

Cardboard egg carton cup

Glue

Ask an adult to help you make the blown egg for your sachet.

Stick a hat pin into the top of a raw egg. Carefully dig away tiny pieces of shell to make an opening 1/8 inch wide. Use the pin to stir the egg inside to break the yolk so it can be blown out. Make a tiny hole in the other end of the egg. Blow through the smallest hole so that the egg's insides come out. Make sure you are holding the egg over a bowl while you blow.

When the egg is empty, run water through it to clean out the rest of the egg. Let the egg dry. Dip a small piece of cotton in scented oil, and carefully insert the cotton into the egg. Poke more tiny holes in the egg, and insert miniature flowers. Use paint or markers to draw hearts around the flowers. For the base, decorate the egg carton cup red or pink, turn it upside-down, and glue the sachet egg onto it. Happy sniffing!

If you are looking to make a sweet gift for your sweetie, go to the next section to learn how to make yummy Carmel Nut Sweets.

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Caramel Nut Sweets

Caramel Nut Sweets are a delicious treat your loved ones will go nuts over.

What You'll Need:

For the candies:

Margarine for greasing

2 cups pecan halves

14-ounce bag of caramels

Materials:

Cookie sheet

Metal spatula

Waxed paper

Colored foil

Ask an adult to preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet, and arrange pecan halves to make the petals of a flower. Put one unwrapped caramel candy in the center of each flower. Bake for five minutes or until caramels have melted.

Grease a metal spatula, and use it to carefully spread the softened caramel over the pecans to coat them. Place the candies on waxed paper. When the candies are cool, wrap them in foil, and give them as Valentine's treats.

On the next page, learn how to make and play Queen of Stolen Hearts, a great game of skill and speed.

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Queen of Stolen Hearts Game

Queen of Stolen Hearts Game Valentine's Day Craft
Queen of Stolen Hearts Game Valentine's Day Craft

In the Queen of Stolen Hearts Game, you have to be quick to outsmart the Queen and steal her hearts.

What You'll Need:

Construction paper

Scissors

Clear tape

Fake jewels

Glitter

Cardboard tube

Foil

Crepe paper or ribbons

Make a queen's crown out of a band of construction paper that has been taped together at the ends. Cut out and tape triangular shapes around the band to make the crown's points. Glue on fake jewels and glitter.

Cover a cardboard tube with foil. Form a ball out of foil, and tape it onto the top of the tube to make the queen's scepter. Tape on crepe paper streamers or ribbons to the other end. Decorate a chair with ribbons and more foil to make a throne. Cut out large hearts from red construction paper.

Now you are ready to play the Stolen Hearts Game. The large hearts are the bases. One person is chosen to be the Queen and sit on the throne. The other players are the Knaves, and they stand on the heart bases.

Whoever is left without a heart is the Court Fool. She or he must try to steal a heart whenever the Queen raises her scepter and says 'All change hearts.' Whoever is left without a heart to stand on must be the new Fool.

Players can take turns being the Queen. For variety, the Queen can turn on a tape, CD, or the radio when she wants the Knaves to change places; she turns it off when she wants them to grab a heart.

On the next page, learn how to make a versatile and useful Candy Clip from clips and candy message hearts.

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Candy Clips

Candy Clips Valentine's Day Craft
Candy Clips Valentine's Day Craft

These decorative Candy Clips will tell your valentine exactly how you feel about them.

What You'll Need:

Metal hair clips or wooden spring clothespins

Paint

Paintbrush

Felt scraps

Candy message hearts

Scissors

Glue

Clear nail polish

Curling ribbons

Paint clips and clothespins red or pink. When the paint dries, glue on tiny felt hearts and candy message hearts. Use the clear nail polish to protect the candy from breaking and to give the clips a shiny finish.

Tie on some thin red, pink, and white curling ribbons. Give these clips as Valentine's Day presents to friends and family. These Candy Clips make excellent snack bag closers or bookmarks.

In the next section, learn how to make Love Potion Number Nine, a colorful chiller great for your Valentine's Day party.

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Love Potion Number Nine

Be careful with who you get to taste Love Potion Number Nine -- they may fall in love with you!

What You'll Need:

Maraschino cherries

Red food coloring

Ice cube tray

Pink lemonade

Put a maraschino cherry and a drop of red food coloring in each section of an ice cube tray. Fill the tray with water, and freeze.

Add one of the ice cubes to a glass of pink lemonade, and serve up some Love Potion Number Nine at a Valentine's Day party. (Remind everyone to take care not to bite into or swallow the frozen cherries). Everyone will fall in love with this tasty drink.

If you are looking for a creative craft to send your secret love, click to the next page to learn how to make the Brokenhearted Puzzle.

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Brokenhearted Puzzle

The Brokenhearted Puzzle is a fun way to send your loved one a secret message.
The Brokenhearted Puzzle is a fun way to send your loved one a secret message.

Tell your valentine to put together the Brokenhearted Puzzle to get a sweet message.

What You'll Need:

Red construction paper

Scissors

Thin cardboard

Glue

Markers

Envelope

Draw and cut out a large construction paper heart. Glue it onto a piece of thin cardboard, and cut around the heart when the glue is dry. Write a message in large letters on the heart. Some ideas for messages are: 'I Went to Pieces,' 'Together Forever,' or 'How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?'

You may want to decorate your message and the rest of the heart with pretty designs and colors, maybe with tiny hearts, bluebirds, flowers, and small cupids. When you are finished, cut the heart into several pieces, and put the pieces into a pretty, decorated envelope. Give your broken-heart message puzzle to someone you love for a really special Valentine's Day card.

On the next page, learn how to construct the perfect Valentine's Day decoration, the Flying Cupid Mobile.

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Flying Cupid Mobile

The Flying Cupid Mobile is the perfect decoration for your party or classroom.
The Flying Cupid Mobile is the perfect decoration for your party or classroom.

A Flying Cupid Mobile placed high over a Valentine's party, or just in your room, might help someone steal your heart.

What You'll Need:

Pencil

Paper

Scissors

Light cardboard

Large needle

Colored markers

Black fine-tipped marker

Clear nylon thread

Dowel

Use Cupid's body and wings pictured above as a pattern to draw your own. Cut out the paper patterns and use them to trace the parts onto the cardboard. Mark where the holes for the thread will be with a dot. Cut out the cardboard wings and body. Push the needle through the dots to make holes.

Color Cupid's body and draw feathers on the wings; use a fine marker to make his eyes and mouth. Sew the wings to the body. Attach a long piece of nylon thread to each of the outside holes on the wings. Tie these threads to the dowel, as shown. Hang up your mobile. Poke Cupid's tummy, and watch him fly.

In the next section, see how to put a new twist on an old favorite with easy-to-make Heart Flowers.

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Heart Flowers

Heart Flowers are a new twist on an
Heart Flowers are a new twist on an

What You'll Need:

Green chenille stems

Construction paper

Scissors

Markers

Glue

Candy message hearts

Stapler

Ribbons

Tissue paper

Take a bouquet of heart-shaped flowers to a loved one this Valentine's Day. To make the stems of your flowers, twist two chenille stems together. You can make some chenille stems longer by laying them end to end and twisting the ends together. You may want some flowers to be longer than others to give your bouquet more variety.

Cut two same-size hearts out of construction paper. You will need two hearts for each flower you want to make. Cut each set of hearts different sizes. Staple the hearts front to back around the stem so that the chenille stem is held tightly in place. Then decorate the hearts with markers and by gluing on a few tiny candy message hearts.

Tie ribbons in bows around the stems, and gather the bunch of heart flowers and wrap them in a tissue paper cone. Tie the cone with more ribbons to keep the flowers together. Present your heart flowers to your beloved.

On the next page, learn how to make a Swinging Valentine Puppet so you can put on a Valentine's Day show.

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Swinging Valentine Puppet

The Swinging Valentine Puppet is sure
The Swinging Valentine Puppet is sure

The Swinging Valentine Puppet will show you a swinging good time.

What You'll Need:

Red construction paper

Scissors

4 large colored rubber bands

Glue

Stapler

Markers

Cut 2 same-sized hearts out of red construction paper. Make sure they are big enough for your hand to fit inside. Cut four 1-inch hearts to use as the puppet's hands and feet. Cut each rubber band to form a long elastic string. Glue the rubber bands to one of the large hearts to make arms and legs (glue 2 at the top sides and 2 at the bottom sides).

Staple the 2 large hearts together (with the glued rubber bands on the inside). Remember to leave enough room for your hand to fit inside. Glue a small heart to each of the loose ends of the rubber bands. Draw a face on your puppet with markers. If you have made several, draw different expressions to make characters for a Valentine's Day play.

If you are looking for a more traditional craft, click to the next page to learn how to make a wearable Love Knot.

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Love Knot

Love knots are one of the oldest traditions of Valentine's Day.
Love knots are one of the oldest traditions of Valentine's Day.

Wearing a Love Knot on your sleeve means that you have a love that will never end.

What You'll Need:

Red felt

3x2-inch piece of stiff cardboard

Gold braid

White glue

Pins

Scissors

Cool-temp glue gun

Pin back

Glue red felt to the front and back of the cardboard. Glue gold braid to the front of the felt in a sideways figure 8. Hold the braid in place with pins until the glue is dry. Carefully cut around the knot with sharp scissors to make your pin. Glue the pin back to the back of your love knot.

If you are looking for a picture-perfect project, click to the next section to learn how to make the 'Heart of Gold' Picture Frame.

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'Heart of Gold' Picture Frame

'Heart of Gold' Picture Frame Valentine's Day Craft
'Heart of Gold' Picture Frame Valentine's Day Craft

'Heart of Gold' Picture Frame lets you put yourself in someone's heart forever.

What You'll Need:

Cardboard

Pencil

Scissors

Glue

Gold raffia

Photo

Draw and cut out a heart-shaped piece of cardboard to make the frame. You can make your frame big or small, depending on the size of the photo you want to put in it. In the inside of your heart, draw and cut out a smaller heart that is big enough for your photo. Be sure the important part of the photo is visible inside the heart shape.

Wind the gold raffia around the frame, going from the outside of the frame in through the middle and then around to the outside again. Cover the frame completely. Secure ends of raffia on the back of frame with glue. Place the frame on another piece of cardboard, and trace its outline. Cut the outline out just inside the line, to make the back a little smaller than the front.

Using the raffia heart as a guide for placement, glue your photo to the backing heart. Glue the backing heart to the back of the raffia frame. Using the pattern shown below right as a guide, draw and cut out a cardboard stand to fit your frame. Glue it to the back of your frame. It's a golden gift.

In the next section, you will learn how to make aromatic Homemade Hearts, a great cooking craft to do with children.

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Homemade Hearts

Homemade Hearts are cinnamon hearts which can be ornaments, garlands, or valentine greetings.

What You'll Need:

Ingredients for the dough:

Applesauce

Cinnamon

White glue

Materials:

Rolling pin

Heart-shaped cookie cutter

Nail

Spatula

Cooling rack

String or ribbon

Note-card

Pen

Hole punch (optional)

Mix 1 cup applesauce, 1-1/2 cups cinnamon, and 1/3 cup glue in a bowl. Form the mixture into a ball and chill it in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. (It's okay to leave it in the fridge overnight.)

Next, sprinkle some cinnamon on a cutting board. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out heart shapes with your cookie cutter.

To make the hearts into ornaments or valentines, use a nail to make one hole in each heart. To make heart garlands, make two holes in each heart, one on each side. Use a spatula to move the hearts onto a cooling rack. Let them dry for about two days.

To make ornaments: Tie a string or ribbon through each heart.

To make valentines: Attach both a string and a valentine greeting. You can write the greeting on a note-card. Use a hole-punch to make a hole in the Valentine so you can tie it to the heart.

To make garlands: Weave a long piece of ribbon through the hearts to connect them.

Featured on the next page is another great Valentine's Day craft, the Seed Heart Decoration, a great project for the home and classroom.

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Seed Heart Decoration

Using tweezers to place the seeds prevents your hands from getting too sticky.
Using tweezers to place the seeds prevents your hands from getting too sticky.

The Seed Heart Decoration is a great craft with plenty of ways to express your creativity.

What You'll Need:

6-inch square cardboard

Low-temperature glue gun

Glue sticks

Tweezers

Assorted seeds and beans:

43 pumpkin seeds

30 kidney beans

52 pinto beans

85 small pearl tapioca

58-inch length pink picot satin ribbon, 1/4 inch wide

22-inch length white lace, 1 inch wide

Download the heart pattern and use it to cut a heart out of cardboard. Apply one inch of glue to the inside bottom of the heart, and use tweezers to place the pumpkin seeds into the glue, neatly in a row, with each seed slightly overlapping the last. Continue around the inside of heart, applying glue one inch at a time until you reach the bottom of the heart again.

Repeat the gluing with 2 or 3 more rows of the other seeds (kidney beans, pinto beans, small pearl tapioca).

Cut two 18-inch lengths and one 12-inch length from the pink picot satin ribbon. Glue one end of an 18-inch length to the top back of the heart, and wrap the ribbon around the heart, through the inside and around the outside until you reach the bottom. Spot-glue the end to the back. Repeat with the other 18-inch length for the other half of the heart. Tie a bow in the 12-inch length of pink ribbon, and glue it to the top middle of the heart.

Starting along the back top edge of the heart, apply a few inches of glue and place the binding edge of the 22-inch length of white lace, slightly gathering the lace around the curves.

To make a hanger loop, glue together the ends of the remaining 10-inch length of pink ribbon. Glue the ends to the back top of the heart.

Ribbons and lace put the finishing touches on the Seed Heart Decoration.

Note: Because the seed sizes vary, you may need more or fewer seeds than what is listed on this page.

On the next page, see how you can enhance your Valentine's Day ensemble with Red-Hot Hearts Nail Decorations.

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Red-Hot Hearts Nail Decorations

Red-Hot Hearts Nail Decorations are a fun and
Red-Hot Hearts Nail Decorations are a fun and

Red-Hot Hearts nail decorations are a sweetheart of a design! No one will be able to resist these lovable nails.

1. Paint nails red and light pink, alternating every other finger. Or, paint the nails on one hand red, and paint the nails on the other hand pink. Let dry.

Here are some variations of the heart design you can use on your nails.

2. Using light pink paint on the red nails and red paint on the pink nails, carefully paint the outline of a heart in the center of each nail.

3. Fill in the heart with the same color paint as the outline.

Click to the next section to learn how to make the Pipe Cleaner Pup, a fun and easy project for all ages.

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Pipe Cleaner Pup

The Pipe Cleaner Pup is a fun project that is easy to make.
The Pipe Cleaner Pup is a fun project that is easy to make.

This adorable Pipe Cleaner Pup will make your valentine want to bark with delight.

What You'll Need:

Red construction paper

Scissors

Ruler

3 chenille stems

Craft glue

2 small wiggle eyes

Marker

Cut a 2x3-inch strip of red construction paper. Hold the 3 chenille stems together so that the ends are even. Roll the paper strip around the middle of the chenille stems, and glue the paper closed. Bend one chenille stem at each end to make the puppy's neck and tail. Curl the tail up so it looks like a little hook.

Bend the remaining chenille stems down to make the puppy's feet. Cut a small heart shape out of construction paper to make the puppy's head. Cut out two smaller heart shapes to make the puppy's ears, and glue them to the larger heart.

Glue on the wiggle eyes, and draw a nose and mouth. Glue the head to the puppy's neck. Give your puppy a name, and deliver it to a lucky valentine.

For more kid-friendly crafts, go to the next section to learn how to make a Valentine's Day Heart Wreath.

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Valentine's Day Heart Wreath

Valentine's Day Heart Wreath Craft Project
Valentine's Day Heart Wreath Craft Project

The Heart Wreath is a paper plate covered with cut-out hearts in various sizes and colors (maybe reds and pinks) that makes a terrific Valentine's Day decoration.

What You'll Need:

Construction paper

Scissors

Ruler

Paper plate

Craft glue

Yarn or ribbon

From the construction paper, cut out hearts in several different sizes (1/2 inch, 1 inch, 1-1/2 inches, and 2 inches would be good sizes). You can choose a color theme (pink and white hearts), or you can make a multicolored heart wreath. You'll want to cut out a lot of hearts.

Cut the middle out of a paper plate, and throw the middle away. Glue the hearts over the remaining plate to make a valentine wreath. Make small bows with yarn or ribbon, and glue them to the wreath. Make a loop out of yarn or ribbon, and glue it on the back to hang your wreath.

On the next page, learn how to make a Valentine's Day Pin from dough that you can wear or give as a gift to your loved ones.

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Valentine's Day Pins

Valentine's Day Pin Craft
Valentine's Day Pin Craft

The Valentine's Day Pins are heart-shaped pins that are simple to make. Once you wear one, everyone will want one of their own.

What You'll Need:

For the Dough:

1 cup flour

1 cup warm water

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon oil

1/4 cup salt

Food coloring

Materials:

Measuring cup

Mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Medium saucepan

Pot holder

Waxed paper

Heart-shaped cookie cutter

1/4 cup flour

Cotton swabs (optional)

Pin backs

Craft glue

Paint and paintbrush (optional)

Clear varnish (optional)

An adult will need to help with this project.

Mix all the dough ingredients, adding the food coloring last. Ask an adult to help you stir this over medium heat on the stove until smooth. Remove the mixture from the pan, and knead it until it is well blended. (Have an adult check to make sure the dough is cool enough to handle.)

To make the valentine pins, use your hands to work the dough on waxed paper until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick. Dip the cookie cutter in flour to prevent the dough from sticking, and cut out a heart.

If you'd like to personalize the pins, stick the end of a cotton swab in food coloring and write a name. You can also add other decorations to the pin.

Press the pin back into the heart while the dough is still damp. Allow the pin to dry for a day. (Add a few drops of glue if the pin back isn't stuck well in the dough.) You can paint or apply clear varnish to your heart after it is thoroughly dry.

If you are looking for a more advanced Valentine's Day craft, click to the next section to learn how to make a bead project called Heartbreaker.

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Heartbreaker

Use two different knots to secure the beads in place.
Use two different knots to secure the beads in place.

The Heartbreaker is a fun bead craft to keep or give away to your Valentine.

What You'll Need:

4-foot length white plastic lanyard

24mm split ring

Beads:

18 white pony

16 pink pony

13 pink glitter pony

2 pink heart-shape pony

Nail clippers

1. Make a lark's head knot by folding the lanyard in half and slipping the looped end through the split ring. Pull the cut ends up through the loop and pull tight. Tie an overhand knot about 1/2 to 1 inch from the lark's head knot.

2. String a white bead onto the left strand and slide it all the way up to the knot. Weave the right strand through the bead from right to left. To make the heart's upper arches, weave a 'sidepath' by stringing beads 1-4 on the right strand. Leave a little space between the beads, and weave back through beads 1 and 2.

Pull tightly as you weave back, allowing the beads to curve as shown. Repeat to make a sidepath with the left strand. Add a white bead on the end of each sidepath before you move on to the next row.

Follow the above pattern to create the

3. String beads onto the left strand in the following order: 1 white, 2 pink, 1 pink glitter, 1 pink, 1 pink glitter, 2 pink, and 1 white. Weave the right strand through the same beads from right to left. Repeat this basic bead-weaving technique for the remaining rows, using the bead diagram below for reference.

Use the diagram pictured here to complete

4. Finish by tying both cord ends together in an overhand knot. To do this, twist both lanyard ends into a loop and then pull the free ends through the loop. Tie a second overhand knot on each cord about 1-1/2 to 2 inches from the first knot. String a heart pony bead and a glitter bead on each cord, and finish each with another overhand knot. Trim the excess cord with the nail clippers, leaving 1/2-inch tails.

On the next page, discover how to make Valentine Candy Magnets, a simple clay project all ages can enjoy.

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Valentine Candy Magnet

The Valentine Candy Magnet is a sweet treat for decorating the fridge.

What You'll Need:

Moldable plastic: 1-1/2 x 7 inches each red and green

1-1/2-inch-diameter valentine-print baking cup

Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks

Brown or white dimensional paint

1-inch strip adhesive-back magnet, 1/2 inch wide

Adult help is needed for this project.

Place the strips of moldable plastic in warm water until they are soft. Knead and mix the two strips together until they are a uniform brown color. You may have to re-soften the plastic a couple of times to remove all the streaks of red and green.

Roll the plastic between your palms to form a smooth ball. Flatten one side of the ball slightly by gently pushing it down onto your work surface. Allow the plastic ball to set.

Glue the flattened side of the ball to the bottom of the baking cup. Glue the sides of the baking cup to the sides of the ball in 3 or 4 places. Paint wavy lines across the top of the ball with the dimensional paint. Let dry.

Attach the magnet strip to the bottom or back side of the baking cup. Repeat all the steps to fill your refrigerator with delicious-looking 'candy' magnets.

Received some special Valentine's Day cards? The next craft will show you what to do with them.

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Valentine Heartthrob Bag

Valentine Heartthrob Bag
Valentine Heartthrob Bag

Keep your Valentine's Day cards in a special Valentine heartthrob bag. Watch your heartthrob dance as you add more Valentines.

What You'll Need:

Pink gift bag with handles, approximately 8×9-1/2 inches

Card stock or construction paper: white, red, purple

22 inches thick cord

Silver glitter glue

Tools:

Pencil

Decorative-edge scissors

Straight-edge scissors

Glue stick

Heart-shape paper punch

Black felt-tip marker

Sketch a 4-1/2-inch heart onto white paper and a 5-1/2-inch heart onto red paper. Cut out the white heart using decorative-edge scissors and the red heart with straight-edge scissors. Turn the red heart upside down, and glue the white heart onto the tip of of it.

Cut the cord into two 11-inch pieces; set aside. Place the valentine body in the center of the bag. With a pencil, make a dot on the bag on both sides of the red heart where it meets the white heart. Also, mark two dots about an inch apart at the upside-down V of the red heart. Remove the hearts.

Using straight-edge scissors, gently poke a hole through the front of the bag at each of these four dots. Thread one piece of cord in and out of the top holes and the other in and out of the bottom holes. Pull through to make the ends even. Glue the valentine body in place on the bag; let dry completely. Cut the arms and legs to desired length, and tie a knot in each end.

Pull the cords through the bag.

Cut two two-inch red hearts for feet, and cut out red and purple hearts in a variety of sizes to decorate the bag and the body. Use a heart-shape paper punch for the smallest hearts. Glue in place, choosing two medium-size red hearts for eyes and two slightly smaller red hearts for cheeks. Draw a mouth with black marker, and add silver glitter glue details and embellishments.

Glue the feet to the ends of the leg cords.

The best thing about this bag is that it also gives you a place to store your treasured valentines once the season has passed.

Keep reading for a sachet as sweet as your Valentine.

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Sweetheart Sachet

Sweetheart Sachet
Sweetheart Sachet

This sweetheart sachet has a sweet perfume sure to please your Valentine.

What You'll Need

5×5-inch square of mauve felt

5×5-inch square of white flat lace

Potpourri

13-inch length of white gathered lace, 1/2 inch wide

12-inch length of 4mm string pearls

2-inch length of white rattail cord

Gold charm

Using the pattern you can download here, trace and cut one felt heart and one flat lace heart. Glue the two hearts together along the edges, leaving the bottom point of the heart unglued. Gently stuff the heart with potpourri, and then glue the point closed.

Glue the point closed.

Glue the gathered lace along the outer edge of the felt side of the heart, starting at the top center. Glue the string pearls to the outer edge of the lace side of the heart, starting at the top center; be sure to cover the glue line that attaches the flat lace to the felt.

Glue the pearls to the lace side of the heart.

To make a hanger, fold the rattail cord in half to form a loop, and glue the ends to the felt side of the heart.

Glue the hanger to the felt side of the heart.

Glue the gold charm in the middle of the lace side of the heart.

Glue the gold charm to the heart center.

Keep reading and you'll learn how to make a pair of lovebirds from a pair of balloons.

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Lovebirds Balloons

Lovebirds Balloons
Lovebirds Balloons

The couple in the lovebirds balloons craft won't be the only lovebirds this Valentine's Day.

What You'll Need:

Balloons (red and white)

Begin by inflating a balloon nearly all the way. Inflate another balloon, leaving a four-inch tail.

Fold the longer balloon into a big ring. Squeeze air into the balloon tail. Pinch and twist-lock the end of the balloon.

Pull the top of the loop toward the locked ends but not all the way. Gently squeeze this portion to create the heart-shaped curve. You now have the completed heart-shaped swing.

Pull the top of the loop to the locked end.

Pinch and twist three four-inch bubbles.

Twist three four-inch bubbles.

Hold the second and third bubbles together and twist-lock.

Twist the second and third bubbles together.

Pinch and twist a four-inch bubble.

Another four-inch bubble.

Gently push that bubble between the two that have been twist-locked, as shown.

Push the bubble between the first two.

Pinch and twist two round bubbles.

Pinch and twist two four-inch bubbles.

Hold the four-inch bubbles together and twist-lock.

Pinch and twist a four-inch bubble.

Repeat the step illustrated just above once.

Fold the first and last bubbles together and twist-lock.

Connect the birds to the swing.

Twist-lock the base of the birds to the base of the heart-shaped swing.

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About the Craft Designers

Drinking Straw Necklace by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonBlown-Egg Sachet by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonCaramel Nut Sweets by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonQueen of Stolen Hearts Game by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonCandy Clips by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonLove Potion Number Nine by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonBrokenhearted Puzzle by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonFlying Cupid Mobile by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonHeart Flowers by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonSwinging Valentine Puppet by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonLove Knot by Lisa Lerner, Kersten Hamilton"Heart of Gold" Picture Frame by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonHomemade Hearts by Lisa Lerner, Kersten HamiltonSeed Heart Decoration by the editors of Publications International, Ltd. Craft design and illustration contributions by Cindy Groom Harry and staffRed-Hot Hearts Nail Decorations by Shari Finger, Susan Tumblety

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