We have had a cold snap of winter weather this week, it has been challenging keeping my daughters occupied inside. We decided to start making some crafts and fun things for Valentines Day. I came up with a very easy craft for younger children who want to make something special for a loved one. This craft takes only a few items, this helps keep costs down. Below are the directions to make some simple, fun, construction paper heart flowers for Valentines Day.
Construction paper in an assortment of colors
Fuzzy Chenille Sticks (In whatever color you have handy)
1) The first step in your Valentine’s Day craft is to pick the colors you want for your heart flowers. As you can see in our completed craft photos we used red, pink and white. You can mix up the colors or make some in all one shade, it is entirely up to your children. So my kids would not struggle to draw perfect hearts I took a wood heart, as a template and drew some on the construction paper. You can find these wood hearts at your craft store, I have a pack of assorted sizes. We used one that is two and a half inches across at its widest point. Depending on the size of petals you want you can adjust your heart size.
2) Have your children carefully cut the hearts out of the construction paper. For each flower we used two hearts of each color, six hearts total for each flower. Use your hole punch to put holes in all your heart petals. Be sure to put the holes at the pointed tip of the heart, later you will need to line these up when you assemble the flower.
3) Next is to glue your hearts together to make the petals of your flower. We used regular white Elmer’s glue, a glue stick will also work just fine. We alternated our three colors when we glued them together. Be sure each time you glue a new construction paper heart on you align the holes you punched in the tips. One tip when you are gluing them cover about half of each heart when you glue the next one onto it. We found they looked and fit better together that way. After we glued each heart petal onto another I weighted them with a book. This helps to keep them flat while drying so you avoid air bubbles.
4) Once your petals are all glued together and dry you are ready for the last step. Take a fuzzy chenille stick and crimp, or fold over one end a couple of times. This folded part is going to be the top of the flower you see in the photo above the petals. Insert the stem through the holes you made earlier, from the end that is still straight and gently slide the flower part all the way up to the folded end of the stick. Now to keep the petals from just sliding back down the stem you need to do the same step to the chenille stem under the petals. Carefully fold or crimp the stick again right underneath the petals to hold them in place, now your children’s craft is completed.
This craft is so easy it is perfect for elementary age children. As you can see in the photo we made more than one. Everyone cherishes hand made gifts like these, they are perfect for a holiday or any day. Your children can give their construction paper heart flowers out to friends and family on Valentine’s Day, or they can make a large bouquet of them to keep and enjoy.