Heart Crafts for Kids

Especially for Valentine's Day, why not have a go at some of my heart crafts for kids?


These fun-to-make, step-by-step cardmaking projects are ideal for craft groups and home crafters alike.

And don't miss the oh-so-simple heart-shaped fridge magnets to hold a special message for a loved one!!


Let's start with some cardmaking ideas.

You will need the following basic materials and equipment for each of the heart crafts for kids card projects:

  • Thin card and paper in assorted colours - black, white, red, pink, green etc

  • Assorted foam or paper shapes (hearts, flowers and teddy bears). Alternatively you can cut out the shapes and templates from this PDF file. (Print them out as many times as you need. Try printing on different coloured paper or thin card, too).

  • PVA glue, glue stick or double-sided adhesive tape

  • Sticky tape

  • Pencil, ruler, scissors and felt-tip pens or coloured pencils

  • Envelopes

Additional materials and equipment are listed against some of the projects. Many of these are optional.


 

 

 

Heart Crafts for Kids - Project 1
Tall Slim Love Heart Card

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of black card approximately 15cm x 21cm (A5 size) and score and fold in half to form a tall, slim card 7.5cm wide x 21cm tall.

  2. Arrange and stick 4 red foam hearts evenly down the card as seen in the picture.

  3. Cut out appropriately-sized letters from the template contained in this PDF file to spell "L O V E" and stick these onto the foam hearts as shown. (Use the printed circles around the letters as a cutting guide.)

  4. Cut a white paper insert approximately 14cm x 20cm, fold in half and attach to the inside of your card with glue or tape.

  5. Add your own special message inside and any other decorations as required.

Helen's Handy Hints:

  • Don't forget to decorate the envelope as well to make your card extra-special.

  • If you don't have any foam hearts, cut out the shapes from the templates in this PDF file.

  • If you don't have a colour printer, try printing the page of heart outlines onto coloured paper or thin coloured card or simply print on white paper and colour in with felt-tip pens or pencils.


 

 

 

Heart Crafts for Kids - Project 2
Tall Slim Love Heart Card (Square Mounted Design)

Additional materials or equipment used:

  • Scraps of fun foam (optional)

Just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of black card approximately 15cm x 21cm (A5 size) and score and fold in half to form a tall, slim card 7.5cm wide x 21cm tall.

  2. Cut a rectangular piece of red card approximately 5cm x 18cm and another from black card approximately 4cm x 17cm.

  3. Centre the black rectangle on top of the red rectangle and glue or tape in place, then stick both onto the front of your card.

  4. Cut four squares of red fun foam or card approximately 3cm square and arrange and stick these evenly down onto the black rectangle as shown.

  5. Stick a small white foam heart to the centre of each foam square.

  6. Cut out appropriately-sized letters from the template in this PDF file to spell "L O V E" and stick these onto the foam hearts as shown. (Use the printed circles around the letters as a cutting guide.)

  7. Cut a white paper insert approximately 14cm x 20cm, fold in half and attach to the inside of your card with glue or tape.

  8. Add your own special message inside and any other decorations as required. Decorate the envelope as well to make your card extra-special.

Helen's Top Tip:

If you don't have any foam hearts, cut out the shapes from the templates in this PDF file.


 

 

 

Heart Crafts for Kids - Project 3
"With Love" Card

Additional materials or equipment used:

  • Pair of compasses or circular object to draw round

  • Sewing thread

Just follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Take an A5 piece of pink card and score and fold in half to form a basic A6 card blank.

  2. Using a pencil and a pair of compasses, mark a 7.5cm diameter circle on the front of the card and, starting from the centre, carefully cut out the circle to form a circular aperture. Alternatively draw around a suitably-sized circular object for your cutting guide.

  3. Cut a piece of sewing thread about 7.5cm long.

  4. Take 2 large foam hearts, one white and one pale pink, and stick them together as shown, securing one end of the sewing thread between the 2 hearts at the same time.

  5. Now stick the other end of the thread to the inside top of the card with sticky tape (where it will not be seen) so that the 2 hearts hang straight down in the centre of the circular aperture.

  6. Stick 2 small hearts to the top right-hand corner of the front of the card as shown.

  7. Attach a "With Love" greeting to the front of the card below the aperture.

  8. Add your own special message inside and any other decorations as required.

Helen's Top Tips:

If you don't have any foam hearts, use the shapes in this PDF file.

For this project, it would be better to print the hearts onto thin card if you can or use the paper templates to cut the hearts from card or scraps of fun foam.


 

 

 

Heart Crafts for Kids - Project 4
Pop-Up Heart Card

Inside View


Additional materials or equipment used:

  • Red honeycomb paper

  • Mini acrylic gemstones or sequins

  • Silver gel pen (optional)

  • 3-D Double-sided adhesive foam tape or pads (optional)

OK, let's get started on our next heart crafts for kids cardmaking project!

  1. Take an A5 piece of black card and score and fold in half to form a basic A6 card blank.

  2. Cut a half heart shape from the red honeycomb paper using the template below if required. Place the straight edge of the template at right angles to the "grain" of the paper to make sure that your heart will open correctly when cut out. Open the heart carefully before placing inside your card to make sure that it works!

  3. Use double-sided adhesive tape to stick one side of the folded half-heart to the inside of the card. Align the straight vertical edge to the centre fold of the card and stick one side of the heart down.

  4. Attach double-sided tape to the other side of the folded heart, remove the backing strips then carefully close the card so that the heart sticks to the card.

  5. Open the card and the heart should open with it.

  6. Decorate the front of the card with a red teddy bear cut from thin card or fun foam or use a die-cut shape or sticker if you have one. I have attached my bear to the card with 3-D foam tape to raise him slightly off the front of the card.

  7. Add a small foam or paper heart decorated with a mini acrylic gemstone to the bear's tummy and draw on his eyes and mouth with a black felt-tip pen.

  8. Give your bear a foam heart-shaped balloon and decorate it with mini star sequins. Draw the string for the balloon with a silver gel pen.

  9. If you wish, decorate the right-hand edge of the card with mini star sequins attached with PVA glue.

  10. Add your own special message inside and any other decorations as required.

Helen's Top Tips:

  • Don't forget to decorate the envelope as well to make your card extra-special.

  • If you use glue instead of double-sided adhesive tape to attach the honeycomb paper heart to the inside of the card, you will need to wait for the glue to dry before opening the card.

 

 

 

Heart Crafts for Kids - Project 5
Fridge Magnets

Here's a really simple project to try on the theme of heart crafts for kids.

Make this useful heart-shaped fridge magnet to give as a little gift for Valentine's Day or use it to leave a message for someone special!

You will need:

  • Foam or paper heart shapes

  • Small magnets

  • PVA glue or double-sided adhesive tape

  • Glitter glue (optional)

They're so simple to make. Here's how....

  1. Simply attach a foam or paper heart shape to a small magnet with PVA glue or double-sided adhesive tape. (Decorate the heart first if required - eg with glitter glue or sequins.)

  2. Allow the glue to dry and then place onto the fridge door to hold your special messages and reminders.

I hope you'll enjoy making some of my heart crafts for kids projects for Valentine's Day.

Don't forget that many of the basic ideas can be adapted to suit other occasions throughout the year.

For one final heart crafts for kids idea, take a look at this simple heart bracelet to make.



 

 

 

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