Get your kids making this Valentine's

With the day of love almost upon us and the weather still a bit grey and miserable, what better time to get your kids making some love inspired gifts? We've found some ideas for stuff they can make to pass on to that special someone rather than spending all their hard earned pocket money at the local card shop.

String of hearts

First, you'll need to cut out a strip of paper that's about 45cm by 6cm and fold it, accordion style, into 6cm sections. Then draw a heart on the top layer and cut through all the layers of paper except where the sides touch the fold. If you want, you can then decorate the hearts with a pen, some pink glitter or some glued on pieces of pink and red paper.

String of hearts

 

Friendship rings

Cut a heart shape from a piece of craft foam or card. Using a small hole punch, make 2 holes in the centre of the heart. Then, cut a 10cm length of pipe cleaner, bend it in half and push the ends through the holes from front to back.

Place the ring on the finger of the person you'll be giving it to and twist the pipe cleaner ends together until the ring fits comfortably. Then take it off and trim and tuck any excess pipe cleaner to neaten it up. If you want, you can glue on some pretend jewels, buttons or other shapes to decorate it. Just make sure you don't glue anything to your beloved's actual finger.

Friendship rings

Gift box

Start with a facedown square or rectangular piece of card/scrapbook paper. With a plastic knife, score four lines that are an equal distance from the edges of the paper, as shown (A). Score four diagonal lines at the corners (B). Then fold up the sides of the box along the four straight lines, pushing in each corner along its diagonal score line. Punch a hole through each corner flap and the sides of the box, then use paper fasteners to secure these flaps to the box. Then all you need to do is fill it up with some nice things. Photos, treasures, their favourite biscuit and some fruit would all go down very well indeed.

Gift box 

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