Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little ones with these sweet non-toxic DIY crafts. We’ve got ideas for everyone from babies and toddlers to preschool and school age kids. You may need to come up with cards or goodies for your kiddo’s classroom, and homemade gifts are always a hit. Valentine’s Day is coming soon, so now is the time to get crafty!
Non-Toxic Crafts for Kids
Sometimes getting your hands (and, unfortunately, your table) a little messy is the best part of crafting! These hands-on crafts for preschoolers and toddlers keep things safer with non-toxic ingredients.
- DIY Crayon Hearts: Melt down broken non-toxic crayons and cool them in a heart-shaped mold to make DIY Crayon Hearts with this tutorial from Dagmar’s Home. They make great class Valentine’s Day gifts and any extras are fun to keep and use around the house!
- Non-Toxic Finger Paint: Whip up some non-toxic (and edible, though not particularly tasty) finger paint using cornstarch, water, and food coloring with this recipe from The Imagination Tree. And check out Color Garden for plant-based food coloring without artificial ingredients. Babies and toddlers can finger-paint a special Valentine for family members, and bigger kids can even go crazy and use a paintbrush!
- DIY Clay Heart Recipe: Sculpt and bake with this DIY clay recipe from Instructables. Cut out hearts or other shapes with cookie cutters or go free-hand. When they are cool or hard, let the kids decorate the finished product to make a one-of-a-kind valentine.
Paper Valentine’s Day Crafts
These ideas are all made with paper. Construction paper, scrapbook paper, plain old white paper, you name it! Bring out the safety scissors and get to work creating an adorable valentine with your kiddo.
- Paper Chain: We love this take on the classic paper chain from Teach With Me, turning paper strips into Valentine’s Day hearts to make a garland for your home or play room. Kids can cut strips from colored construction paper or card stock and can even decorate them with stickers or markers for an extra festive touch.
- Paper Bead Necklace: This paper bead necklace from Sowdering About is a cute way to add a pop of color to tide your little valentine over until spring is here! Let your little one pick their favorite colors or patterns using scrapbook paper or colored construction paper.
- Collage of Love: For older preschoolers or school-age children, help them put together a collage of pictures from all those parenting magazines you haven’t taken to the recycling center yet. For a fun Valentine’s Day twist, ask them to make a collage for someone special, using pictures that make them think of love and friendship. You can even make smaller collages and then fold the paper to make individual cards. This tutorial from Molly Moo Crafts uses watercolor paper and paints for a mixed media collage that will make a fun and unique valentine!
- Button Heart: For this super cute button heart craft from Hands On As We Grow, you’ll need a large piece of construction paper in the shape of a heart, your favorite non-toxic glue, and buttons! Start by having your toddler sort the buttons by color and then let them pick their favorites to decorate their heart.
Valentine’s Day Boxes
If your kiddo is in a classroom that does a Valentine’s Day party, they might need a crafty mailbox to collect their friends’ notes and treats! We rounded up these DIY Valentine’s Day box ideas for you and your kids to choose from.
- Basketball Box: A basketball hoop box is perfect for a child who loves sports and is made with a shoebox, a smaller cardboard box, a pipe cleaner, string, and electrical tape. This crafty mom from All About Ty & Ashlee did a great job using items on hand while the family was snowed in to pull this off!
- Classic Mailbox: This Valentine’s Day mailbox, modeled after a real USPS mailbox, is so adorable. It takes a little execution work but the finished product is just perfect, complete with a working mail chute to accept Valentine’s Day cards and treats. Check out the You’ve Got Mail(box) from Camp Clem.
- Heart Garden Box: Finally, this Heart Garden Valentine Box from Buggy and Buddy is one that kids of any age can help with. Little hands can paint the box, glue paper grass, and decorate hearts. Paint your child’s name on the side for a final touch and you’re good to go!
Share the LOVE With Us!
We’d love to see photos of your kids’ DIY Valentine’s Day crafts, so please share with us. Let us know in the comments below which craft you’ll try first.