Hearts and Crafts

Hearts and crafts - cute activity ideas for kids for every age

Celebrate love with these delightful - yet easy - craft activities.

Heart crafts are perfect for Valentines Day ... or any day of the year that you feel like indulging. 

Whether you're making gifts or just enjoying play, here is a roundup of gorgeous 'heart art' projects that are appropriate for kids as well as enjoyable for adults. 

Let's start with activities recommended for younger children and then amp it up for older kids. 

3 years and older: Make ice hearts with berry juice

Make ice hearts with berry juice

Use red ice hearts as icy-poles and snacks, or to decorate a drink. 

Making ice hearts is suitable for any age with a little help from an adult. 3 year olds particularly love this activity because they're fascinated with water play, including pouring and mixing liquids. 

You can also make these ice hearts with water and pop in your favourite candy or edible flowers. 

You will need:

  • Red fruit juice such as cranberry, cherry or grape. You can also use water with a dash of red colouring (for a natural colouring try a dash of beetroot juice).
  • A heart-shaped mould, such as an ice tray, chocolate mould or silicon cupcake mould. 
  • A freezer. 

How to make the ice hearts:

  • Prepare a flat surface in the freezer big enough for the mould. 
  • Pour the liquid into the moulds. 
  • Carefully place the mould into the freezer. 
  • Leave it for a few hours, or ideally overnight, until the hearts have frozen. 

 

4 years and older: Fill the garden with paper hearts

Fill the garden with paper hearts

Make a visual impact - art en masse, if you will. 

This activity is terrific for many 4 year olds because placing the hearts around the garden space is easily within their physical skill capability, but they will find that the outcome is more impressive than they were expecting!

Confidence is gained by exceeding our own expectations, and this activity does just that for younger kids. 

To add an extra bit of joy, why not make the display as a surprise welcome for a family member or a visitor.

What you will need:

  • Coloured paper.
  • Skewers or food sticks.
  • Scissors and tape.

How to fill the garden with paper hearts:

  • Cut the paper into hearts about the size of a child's hand. You will need quite a lot of hearts - at least 25 though the more hearts the better. 
  • Stick the hearts onto skewers using the tape, by placing the top of a skewer along the back of a heart and then tape it down. 
  • Place the hearts around the chosen garden space. They could be placed across a lawn to create a field of hearts, throughout pot plants, or amongst a vine Bachelorette-style!

 

5 years and older: Put together a banner of hearts 

Put together a banner of hearts

A banner of hearts is a lovely addition to a fancy dinner or a special occasion. If it brings you joy it might stay hanging up for a while!

By 5 years old most kids will have the physical abilities to apply liquid glue effectively, making this a rewarding activity as they 'graduate' from glue sticks to craft glue. 

What you will need:

  • Fabric or coloured paper, cut into hearts of different sizes.
  • Ribbon - the wider the better.
  • Craft glue - if this is not readily available consider double-sided tape or mini pegs.

 How to make the hearts banner:

  • Roll out the ribbon and cut it to your preferred size.
  • Glue the hearts onto the ribbon and let the glue dry. 
  • Hang the banner from hooks or using a removable adhesive like Blu Tack. 

 

6 years and older: Cut out linked hearts to decorate

Cut out a linked hearts paper chain to decorate

This activity is about creating, not perfecting ... no heart is perfect! Once a child has mastered how to cut these linked hearts they will want to make another and another. 

Scissor skills will be developing nicely for many 6 years old. Practice those scissors skills with these cute hearts. 

The linked hearts can be used to decorate a room, furniture or a book. 

What you will need:

  • Paper, preferably coloured paper.
  • Scissors.

How to cut a hearts banner

How to cut out linked hearts:

  • Fold the paper like a fan i.e. the first strip folded towards you, the second strip away from you, the third towards you and so on, like the picture above. 
  • Make 2 cuts as shown in the picture above. Firstly, cut a curve across the folded paper. Secondly, below the first cut but leaving a gap between the 2 cuts, cut a line across the folded paper on an angle.  
  • Unfold the hearts and enjoy your banner. 

 

7 years and older: Make a family appreciation card 

Make a family appreciation card

Kids will really connect with this project, though give them plenty of time to form their thoughts. It's worth the time to find the right words.

7 year olds are learning two important life skills: how to put their feelings into words, and how to write. This project captures both of their new abilities. 

What you will need:

  • A blank card, or paper folded in half.
  • Coloured paper hearts, stickers or craft decorations.
  • Pen(s).

How to make a family appreciation card

  • Decorate the front of the card.
  • Write a note to a family member explaining how they make your life better.
  • Present the card to the family member ... they're likely to keep it amongst their favourite possessions!

 

8 years and older: Design and glue a fabric artwork 

Glue together a fabric artwork

Win hearts with a fabric artwork that expresses the beautiful things in life. 

8 year olds have a good sense of colour schemes and they love art. Cultivate that creativity with this craft project that can be as big or as little as you like. 

Will you keep the artwork for yourself or give it as a gift?

What you will need:

  • A fabric base, such as a painting canvas, cushion or clothing.
  • Fabric pieces, such as scrap fabric.
  • Fabric glue and scissors. Craft glue will be suitable if you don't plan to wash the artwork. 

How to design and glue a fabric artwork:

  • Get inspired! Look through the fabric options, or draw out a plan, or search the internet for interesting examples.
  • Cut out the pieces and place them on the fabric base. 
  • When you are happy with the arrangement, glue the pieces in place one by one. Use a paintbrush to spread the glue to the edges of each piece.
  • Allow the artwork to dry.  

 

9 years and older: Link a long paper heart chain 

Link together a long paper chain heart

Endless love! This is the chain of hearts that never ends.

9 year old kids have developed the abilities to focus on an activity for an extended period and they love a good challenge!

At this age, they think getting a Guinness World Record is completely achievable and they will go for anything that they set their minds to. 

Linking a paper heart chain is not just a craft project, it's can be a wonderful opportunity to see how long they can make it, making it perfect for this age group. 

What you will need:

  • Paper.
  • Double-sided tape, or you can also use a stapler or other adhesive.

How to link a long paper heart chain:

  • Cut the paper into strips at least 20cm in length, or the width of A4 paper. Make all of the strips the same size
  • Fold the first strip in half, then curl the loose ends inwards together to form a heart shape. 
  • Fold the next strip in half and insert that fold between the loose ends of the first heart shape. Secure it in place with the double sided tape or a staple. 
  • Continue linking each heart together in the same way until you are satisfied with the length.

 

10 years, tweens and older: Hand-stitch a felt heart

Tweens can hand stitch a felt heart

How wonderful are these little hearts? They will last many years. 

Felt hearts can be used as decorations, gifts, tooth pillows, bag tags and much more.

Our tweens have the fine motor skills to use a needle and thread. They may not have stitch perfection that's okay as these hearts can benefit from a rustic look. 

What you will need:

  • Felt or thick fabric.
  • Filling, such as wadding or scrap material.
  • Needle and thread, preferably thick thread in a different colour to the felt.
  • Scissors.

How to hand-stitch a felt heart:

  • Cut the felt into 2 heart shapes of equal size - cut them a bit larger than the size that you want the finished heart to be. 
  • Place the filling in the centre of one of the hearts and fashion it into a heart shape, leaving a thick border with no filling over it. 
  • Place the second heart shape over the top. 
  • Thread the needle and line up the two ends of thread, tying them together with a knot. 
  • Stitch around the border of the heart, joining the 2 heart shapes together with the filling in the middle. The type of stitch is up to you. You might like to straight-stitch 1, 2 or 3 rows, or wind the thread along the border for example - just stick with one type of stitching per heart. 

 

Did you like these hearts and crafts ideas? Leave your thoughts below in the comments section below. 

If you need any of the materials mentioned, you can find many of them in the arts and crafts section of our shop

 

Whether it's Valentines Day or any day, remember:

"The most important relationship in your life is the one you have with yourself." 

  


 Lisa Wiese - Incredible Kids Activities

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa is the founder of Incredible Kids Activities. Working previously in designing activities that positively impact families within visitor centres and children's hospitals, her goal is to help kids to grow their aspirations. As part of Incredible Kids Activities she now gets to accomplish that every day. Lisa resides in sunny Perth, Australia with her family.

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