We Tried A Pinterest Craft! {Valentine Edition}

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This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog}In general, I can’t say that Valentine’s Day is a big deal at our house. Between deployments, rough pregnancies, and crazy work schedules, my husband and I don’t have any extra special memories of February 14.

That said, I absolutely LOVED the holiday as a kid. The cards, candy, and festive break from the daily grind of school classwork was, of course, quite spectacular. We always made our own Valentine boxes and my favorite part was walking around to all my classmates and delivering cards like a mail carrier. 

Admit it. You liked that part too.

So when my daughter pointed out that we have absolutely NO decorations for the holiday next week, I zipped over Pinterest to find a project for the kids. And this was such a winner! It is for cards and notes, but WAY easier to decorate than a shoebox covered in construction paper. We had a BLAST with this project and the kids already asked to do it next year! You can make it with items already in your house and it doesn’t take a lot of time or adult supervision. Scroll down to see just how easy it was!

Paper Plate Card Holder for Valentine’s Day

Supplies:

cheap paper plates, 2 for every person
stapler
ribbon
crayons, markers, stickers, and other decor

Instructions:

Fold each paper plate in half. Tuck the plates inside each other, straight edges out, to make a heart. Staple where the plates cross at the bottom point, and the center of each side of the heart, as shown below. 

This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog}Next, poke holes in the two sides, and thread ribbon or string, making a long look to hang the heart from. You can do this however you want! Some of our kids wanted long ribbon, and some wanted it super short. Whatever sounds good to you!

Now its time to decorate!

This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog}This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog}This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog}This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog}Paint makes the paper plate kinda soggy and it takes forever to dry so stick to crayons or washable markers. Stickers were fun and since I had collected a lot of miscellaneous crafty things over the years, I had quite a deep pool to grab from. When stuff goes on clearance I like to stock up. Even if you didn’t have any, this was very fun to just color, so don’t feel like you need to make a separate trip just to get some sparkly sticker bling! 🙂

My oldest decided to go one further and attached a little ribbon tail to the bottom of her heart. Super cute.

This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog}If you have the time (or the patience) you can cut out your own paper hearts to tuck in as valentines! My kids couldn’t wait until the 14th, so they hung their hearts on the door knobs of their bedrooms and have been stuffing messages in ever since. Originally, I had planned to hang them from the back of their chairs at the dinner table, and when they came down for breakfast on Valentine’s Day, each would have a little card and some chocolate from mom and dad. We will see if that works out!! 🙂

This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog} This easy Valentine's Day Craft uses items you already have at home! {Columbia City Moms Blog}

Are YOU making anything special with your kids for February 14?

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Brittany Arcand is a food writer, recipe developer, and amateur photographer. Originally from Minnesota, she recently moved south and now resides in the Midlands of South Carolina. After marrying a handsome sailor, graduating with a degree in Family and Consumer Education and a minor in American Literature, she committed to staying home to be with her three children: Evelyn (8) Eli (6) and Lane (3). Her love of the written word, coupled with experience in various commercial and private kitchens has fueled a passion for sensible recipes that actually work. Her food blog Brittany’s Pantry was born, combining dishes and menus with the (often humorous) stories of how they came to be. When she isn’t writing and spending time in her kitchen, she is reading every book she can get her hands on with a giant mug of hot chocolate beside her.

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