Makerspace Monday: Family Valentines

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home this year with these simple makerspace activities. Create art for the ones you love or make treats to share. 

Fingerprint Love Canvas

After cutting letters from a cereal box to spell “LOVE,” tape them on a canvas and press fingers dipped into paint all around the letters with these directions from Sarah at The Farmwife Crafts.

Love Birds

Lisa Longley at Simple Joy makes a birdseed valentine heart with ribbon, cookie cutters, and a mix of flour, water, gelatin, corn syrup, and birdseed. They set overnight. No baking required. 

No-Bake Valentine’s Day Desserts

At Country Living, Erin Cavoto rounds up 29 no-bake Valentine’s Day desserts. Make chocolate raspberry tartlets in 20 minutes with raspberry pie filling and a homemade cookie crust or Valentine’s marshmallow pops with marshmallows and candy melts.

Paper Plate Heart Wreath

Scissors, colorful paper, ribbon, and glue turn a circle cut from a paper plate into a heart wreath with Kim at The Resourceful Mama. (Download the printable heart pattern here.)

Paper Plate Yarn Hearts

Cut a heart shape out of the center of a paper plate, use a hole punch around the edges of the heart, and sew yarn from hole to hole to make a yarn heart with Rachel from I Heart Crafty Things on Red Ted Art.

Salt Dough Conversation Hearts

Kim at The Best Ideas for Kids shares a recipe for conversation hearts made with salt dough, letter stamps, acrylic paint, and Mod Podge.

Anastasia Suen reads, edits, and writes books for all ages from her makerspace at home in Northern California. She has been teaching children’s book writing workshops since 1999, writing for Booklist since 2004, and managing the Carnival of Children’s Literature since 2010. The new 2021 children’s book cohort is #write5minutes. Follow her on Twitter at @AnastasiaSuen'

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