Thursday, 16 January 2014

Simple Valentine's Craft - Heart Sun Catchers

These simple heart sun catchers are so easy for young children to make, and they look so pretty stuck up in the window as a sweet Valentine's Day decoration.

Valentine's Day craft - Heart sun catchers

All you need is some thin coloured card, some clear contact paper (sticky backed plastic) and some collage materials, we used torn up red and pink tissue paper.

I used my Cricut Mini to cut out the heart shapes. There is a basic heart shape supplied in the cartridges that come with the machine, and when I logged in this time I had a free trial of the Love Struck 2010 cartridge which is where the slanted heart shapes came from (although you could recreate this shape by manipulating the free basic heart shape). Of course it is also easy enough to cut out a heart frame using scissors.

Once you have a selection of heart frames cut out, stick them down on the clear contact paper and cut around the edges. Then give your child the collage materials and let them stick them to the sticky paper. Even younger toddlers will easily be able to do this, and they will have a real sense of accomplishment from being able to create something pretty so easily. You might like to add a second layer of the sticky backed plastic on the reverse side, to keep it all nice and neat.

Valentine's Day craft - Heart sun catchers

Then stick them up in the window so that the light can shine through!

If you are looking for Valentine's Day crafts to do with the children then you might like these other crafts:

Easy Valentine's Day collage bunting
Valentine's Day gift boxes from toilet roll tubes

You can find more heart themed ideas for young children here - Heart Crafts and Activities

14 comments:

  1. They are so cute!!! What a great idea!! :) x

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  2. how sweet are those, you'll leave them up all year now won't you!

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  3. These are so sweet! My girls would love them x

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  4. These look great, might try to make them with old sweet wraps from our Christmas chocs

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  5. Oh I love this! Will give this a go with the boy. Am pinning :)

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  6. They look just gorgeous - really pretty x x

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  7. Great idea! Not sure if my windows would like it though :)

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  8. I've got to try making one with my Little Man now, thanks for sharing :-)

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  9. Thanks for linking this up with the Pin It Party :)

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  10. Lovely idea! Will deof have a go with my little one. Popped over from the pin it party xxx

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  11. These are great! A part of our valentine craft list now, and I've pinned it up!

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