I can’t believe it was three years ago that we first made these awesome button Valentine hearts to decorate our home for Valentine’s Day. They are so festive and fun–Little H loves looking up at them, yelling colors and who decorated them. “Oooh! A purple one! Jax! Em! Me!” I always love decorating for Valentine’s Day–it helps the coldest days of the year feel a little brighter. So if you need a pick-me-up this winter or have another snow day due to a snowpocalypse, here is a simple, heartfelt craft with your name on it.
Materials: construction paper or cardstock, glue, buttons and scissors
First you cut out big heart shapes out of colorful paper, then let the kids make designs across the heart in glue. Little H couldn’t decide if she want pink or purple paper, so I used the leftover paper from Em’s heart to make a kind of frame. It looked so cute, and really helped her stay within the confines of the heart (and not make a complete and utter mess)! I kind of wish I had done the same for the big kids.
Then let the kids place buttons on the wet glue. Instant Valentine’s decor!
If I had paid more attention to the fact that we were inevitably having a snow day this week, I might have stocked up on the more traditional-colored buttons. Em loves putting things in a pattern and probably would have done pink-red-white to her heart’s content. However, that forethought was not to be, so we settled for all the buttons left in our crafting box, so it was more of a rainbow smorgasbord. It’s nice to think outside the box a little, and who says traditional is always best?
Jax wanted his heart to look like it had an arrow through it like Cupid’s (look what half a year of kindergarten will get you! Such a cute idea!). I let him do his own gluing, which was a bit of a mistake because it became a sort of Elmer’s glue quagmire, but his heart (excuse the pun) was in the right place.
These beautiful hearts are cheering up our kitchen, and are helping to remind us to show each other love every day. I’ve been telling the kids to show love, not just say it, and when I look at these awesome crafts, my heart smiles.
If you heart Valentine’s Day, too, check out tons of great Valentine’s Day and button crafts on my Rub Some Dirt On It Pinterest board here!