Valentine’s Day decorations you can make with your kids

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Tissue Paper ‘Stained Glass’ Hearts

So easy, my 3-year-old could help!

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Clear, repositionable Con-Tact paper (I got mine years ago at Bed, Bath and Beyond.)
  • Tissue paper in shades of red, pink, and purple torn into small pieces
  • Blue painters tape
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn, ribbon, etc.

Trace a large heart on the back of the contact paper and cut it out.

Remove the paper backing and tape the heart, sticky side up, to a flat surface with blue painters tape.  The tape helps keeps the contact paper in place and keeps a border clear, which will be important later.

 

Cover the exposed sticky surface with tissue paper.  This is the perfect job for toddlers (and older children)!  I put my paper in an empty tissue box to keep it from going everywhere.

Carefully remove the tape from the heart and stick onto a sunny window.

You can also use this same technique to make hearts for hanging.

Tissue Paper ‘Stained Glass’ Hanging Hearts

Cut a large square from the contact paper and prepare it as you did the hearts.

Cut another square of contact paper the same size as the first.  Remove the paper backing from one side of the second square and attach it to the edge of the first square.  As you pull the backing from the rest of the square, press the contact paper firmly and evenly over the tissue paper.

Trace several hearts onto the contact paper with permanent marker.  Cut out the hearts.

With the hole punch, make evenly spaced holes along the edge of each heart.

Thread yarn, ribbon, etc through the holes, another job for toddlers (if they are interested; mine wasn’t).  Bulky and novelty yarns work best for this.  Cover the end of yarn with tape for easier sewing.

Hang in a sunny spot.

I hope you and your children have as much fun making these as we did.  Do you usually decorate for Valentine’s Day?

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