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Decoupage Valentine Gift Boxes

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

decoupage valentine gift box

No matter what you give your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, you can make it even more special by packaging it beautifully.  For this Valentine craft idea, we took empty cardboard jewelry boxes and candy tins, and decoupaged them with a mix of papers: some fancy Artterro tissue paper (leftover from the Collage Jewelry Kit) and pretty images cut out of old magazines.  We love to mix recycled materials with new ones!   You’re sure to end up with something totally unique.

Not familiar with decoupage?  It’s super easy!  Using white (school) glue slightly diluted with water, affix your paper (small pieces are easier to work with) to whatever clean object you’re decorating.  Layer as much as you want, allowing the object to dry between applications.  After the whole thing is dry, apply a decoupage glaze.

Fill with love notes, chocolate, flower petals, toys, or any combination of the above!  Whatever you put inside, the recipient will know that you put a lot of love into the gift.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Eco Valentine Crafts: Decorations for Kids

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Valentine Decorations for Kids

It’s awfully fun to to spread the love with heart-shaped decorations on Valentine’s Day.  You can go the traditional and elegant route with doilies and pink tissue paper, or try something a little more offbeat.  Here’s a perfect Valentine-themed project for a play date, classroom activity or family craft night.   It’s open-ended–pick out whatever papers, beads and other materials you want, and create Valentine ornaments to hang all over the house.

DIY Paper & Bead Valentine Ornament Project

What you’ll need: sturdy paper, thread, beads.

  1. Thread a needle (if you’re using small beads) and tie a big knot at one end.
  2. String some beads.
  3. Glue two hearts together with the thread in between.
  4. String more beads.
  5. Repeat as many times as you like, leaving enough room to tie a loop at the top.
  6. Hang your lovely ornament from your mantle or attach it to a special gift.  If you make several extra-long ones, you could even fill up an entire door frame–perfect if you’re hosting a Valentine party!
Creative, simple valentine decoration

For more Valentine craft ideas for kids (and adults!), check out last year’s Valentine blog posts.  We also made Valentine paper bouquets, a heart garland and heart cluster ornaments!

Eco Valentine Crafts: DIY Cards for Kids

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

If you go to your local grocery or discount store, it seems as though Valentine’s Day is all about branded marketing.  While it can be fun and easy for kids to give commercial valentines featuring a favorite cartoon character, a little creativity and effort can be so much more satisfying, not to mention delightful for the recipient.  If you’re thinking about the huge amount of classmates that require cards, don’t worry!  We have a simple, homemade card idea just for you, totally doable for anyone from kindergarteners to seniors.

Collage Heart Valentine

What you’ll need: sturdy paper for the heart, scrap paper for backing, magazine paper to create collages

  1. Tear out pieces of magazine paper with interesting colors and patterns, and glue them, overlapping each other, onto a plain piece of printer paper (this helps reinforce the flimsy magazine paper).
  2. After the glue dries, trace out your shapes and cut them out.
  3. Layer it on top of a larger heart made of sturdy construction paper or some leftover Artterro paper, or keep them as they are.
  4. Write a sweet message on the back.
  5. Optional: Add stickers, glitter, or another embellishment of your choice, or attach a piece of foil-wrapped candy (preferably heart-shaped).

Enough valentines for a classroom of kids!

Next post: How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ornament!