Whole Lotta Love

Make a festive Valentine’s Day celebration with a few fun crafts

By Mel Jones   Photography: Lily Darragh   Styling: Mandy Keener 

Stella Zimmerman, our sparkly little Valentine, is party ready in a Stella McCartney Kids dress, hot pink Dr. Martens, and a sweet sequined Zara jacket. Fashion styling by Jeanne Johansson of Scarlet in Little Rock. 

 

Recreate the background from our photo shoot! All you need is a white paper backdrop, or even a sheet, and some tempera paint and paintbrushes. It’s a fun and easy project the kids will love—and the paint is non-toxic and washable, meaning any messes can easily be cleaned away! 

Did you know?

More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year.

 
Our Top 5 “Love” Songs

Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Queen
Crazy in Love: Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
Silly Love Songs: Paul McCartney & Wings
Same Love: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Love My Way: The Psychedelic Furs

PAINTERLY PASTA BLING
A perfect craft for little hands, this noodle necklace couldn’t be easier. All you need is a handful of pasta (we like the shape of penne), tempera paint and colorful yarn. Let kids paint and draw designs on their pasta pieces, and once dry, simply thread them onto the yarn, tie it up in a bow and voila! custom-designed jewelry for Valentine’s Day! 

Got 20 minutes and 5 bucks? We’ve got 2 super-cute Valentine box ideas for you!

DARTH LOVAH
EVEN THE DARK SIDE HAS FEELINGS!

What you need: 
Shoe box
Darth Vader mask
Black foam core or construction paper
Red construction paper
Red felt
Marker
Paper towel roll
Foil

How to: Cover the shoe box in black construction paper or foam core. Cut a big heart from the red felt, add your own special message, and attach to the front of the box. Secure the mask to the top of the shoe box. To make the lightsaber, simply wrap red construction paper around the paper towel roll. Add the foil around one end of the lightsaber to create a handle. 

FUN WAY TO RECYCLE YOUR HALLOWEEN MASKS!

 

MEOW? 
CAN’T DECIDE BETWEEN A KITTY OR A UNICORN?
WELL, HELLO UNIKITTY!

What you need:
Shoe box
White felt
Glitter paper
Hot pink paper
Pink tassels or ribbon
Toilet paper roll
Googly eyes
Scissors
Glue

How to: Wrap your shoebox in fuzzy felt, and add a pair of felt ears. Use the hot pink paper to make lips and to add color to ears. Make two hearts out of the glitter paper, and attach to felt. Top with googly eyes, and add some eyelashes or other features. To fashion the horn, wrap a cone of glitter paper around the toilet paper roll. Top with the pink tassel or ribbon to create a fancy mane/hair do. 

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