Valentine Crafts for Kids: Upcycled Votive Holder
Kids love to help decorate and make gifts for Valentine’s Day. Having a few ideas up your sleeve for inexpensive and easy Valentine crafts for kids is always helpful. The one we have to share with you today is nothing new but rather a tried and true craft of the ages.
Even better, this project uses one or two recycled items.
Start with a clean jar (ours was from pizza sauce) and tissue paper. It doesn’t matter if the tissue paper is crumpled, actually it’s better. So you can use recycled tissue paper, left over from a gift you or your family received.
Cut the tissue paper that will cover the jar into squares. We used white. 1 1/2 inches are a good size. Once cut crumple them up. This adds texture. Then in a coordinating color, we used red, cut or punch out one large heart or several small hearts.
Punches won’t usually punch through tissue paper. They end up tearing instead. But there is a way around this.
Tip: To use a punch on tissue paper, place the tissue paper between two sheets of regular paper. I used printer paper. In other words, make a tissue paper sandwich.
Depending on the age of the kiddos you’re crafting with they may or may not be able to work the punch. Sometimes they can be pretty tough.
Now you’re really ready to get started. The next step is to cover the jar with the tissue paper squares. We used Matte Finish Mod Podge because we had it on hand. If you don’t you can water down some regular white glue. The easiest way to cover the jar is to paint the Mod Podge or glue mixture onto a small portion of the jar and then stick the squares of tissue paper on. You want them to go on in random directions and overlap. You may need to add more Mod Podge/glue mixture when one piece of tissue paper overlaps another.
You also might want to put a small portion of the Mod Podge or glue onto a paper plate so you avoid accidents like this.
When the entire jar is covered, then you can adhere the heart(s) the same way.
Once the jar is dry, wrap a ribbon around the mouth of the jar to cover up the ridges. Then you can add the candle of your choice. I’ve been using a lot of those electric tea lights. Much safer with kiddos and pets around.
If this project is a little too much for your younger kiddos we’ve got fun for even the tiniest crafters. Check out our Preschool Valentine Crafts: Fruit Loop Heart Bird Feeder.
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