The best valentines crafts for kids start with an inexpensive material which can easily be turned into a variety of fun shapes. In this case, I’d like to share some valentines crafts for kids using tissue paper. If you have some red tissue paper leftover from the holidays, this would be the perfect time to use it! Grab some tissue paper in red, pink and/or white and get ready for some great valentines crafts for kids.
Tissue Paper Valentines
Tissue paper valentines are fun to create, dimensional and can have many variations based on kids’ preferences, making them creative valentines crafts for kids.
- Tissue Paper
- Adhesive Craft Paper (such as new line made by Post-it) OR card stock and glue
- Pencil with Eraser Tip
Trace a large heart onto your paper and cut out using the scissors. If using adhesive craft paper, peel from backing and place adhesive side up. If not, pour a small amount of glue onto a plastic lid. Cut your tissue paper into small 1 inch squares.
Wrap tissue paper square around the eraser of the pencil, allowing the paper to crinkle. If using adhesive paper, you can then simply press the tip of the eraser onto the paper and lift the pencil off, leaving the tissue paper behind.
If using glue, dip the tissue paper into the glue and press onto the paper gently. Repeat placing tissue paper crinkles right next to one another until the heart is covered. Kids can outline the heart in one color and then use another color for inner rows, or they can alternate colors of tissue paper as they work. Fun!
Stained Glass Hearts
- Tissue Paper in Various Colors (pink, red and whites for Valentine’s Day)
- Black construction paper
- Heart craft punch (optional)
- Glue (must dry clear)
Cut out a large heart from a piece of black construction paper. For an easy shortcut that kids will love, fold a piece of construction paper in half and draw a half-heart shape. Cut out the half-heart shape and unfold. You will have a perfectly even heart!
Cut out shapes from the inside of the heart or use a heart craft punch. Kids can also randomly cut out shapes by folding the heart and cutting from the edges. The practice can be as precise or as random as you like!
Cut the tissue paper into small squares. Brush glue over the back of the heart, avoiding the cut-out areas. Randomly glue the various colors of tissue paper over the back of the heart covering the cut-out areas.
Glue a loop of red ribbon to the back of the heart. Let glue dry. Hang your stained glass hearts in the window for the light to shine through!
Tip: For a reversible stained-glass heart, cut out two identical black hearts. Line up the two hearts and cut out the same shapes in the same positions from both. A craft punch would make this quick and easy. Glue tissue paper to the back of one heart as explained above. Add a few dots of glue on top and place other black heart over the top. Your heart will look great from the inside and the outside!