My daughter is a crafter-at-heart just like her momma! We often have craft supplies strewn from one end of the house to the next. There is always some type of project going on. So, as we approach each upcoming holiday, Emma starts planning crafts for them. She loves to decorate for the holidays as much as me. A few weeks ago, while killing time at Target, I found a treasure trove of Valentine’s Day craft supplies in the Dollar Spot. Who doesn’t love the Dollar Spot? Anyhow, I knew immediately that Em would love these supplies, and that she would have a blast creating a fun banner for our mantel. (This would also be the perfect way to decorate for your homeschool group’s Valentine’s Day party!)Each of the supplies I purchased was just $1 except the puffy heart ornaments. These are actually Christmas ornaments which were on clearance for 20 cents. Can’t beat that, huh! I gave her the supplies, and let her choose what her banner would say and how she would decorate it. I had her start by laying out the banner and planning what she wanted it to say. Once she decided on a saying, I had her write it out on a sheet of paper and number the letters to make sure she had enough banner pieces. This was an important step so that she could make sure she had the right number of banner pieces to fit her saying. This particular banner kit contained 18 triangles. Emma chose “Be*My*Valentine.”Some additional ideas for a banners include:
- Be Mine
- I <3 You!
- I Love You
- Happy Valentines Day
- Kiss Me
If you run out, or prefer to make your own banner pieces, construction paper and cardstock are great alternatives to purchasing the kit from Target. Ultimately, she ended up using the banner kit, glitter, red yarn, and the heart ornaments. She wrote the letters in pencil and then painted the glue on with a thin paintbrush. She covered the entire ‘spacer’ piece with pink glitter so the red puffy hearts would stand out.She’s very pleased with the results. I am, too! I think it makes a lovely addition to our Valentine’s Day mantel. What is your crafty kid’s favorite Valentine’s Day craft?
Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. Her children are 21, 16, and 11 – two boys and one girl. She is currently homeschooling her daughter – 6th grade. When she’s not blogging, Tara enjoys crocheting and snuggling up with a good book. She and her family recently moved from Texas to Ohio, and they’re having fun exploring their new surroundings. She blogs about homeschooling, motherhood, and family life on both of her blogs – Homeschool Preschool and Teaching with Children's Books.