It’s true that there’s no shortage of Valentine’s Day decor in stores now. But while the licensed character cards and candy hearts are plentiful, there’s just nothing special about them. With time still on your side, make this a DIY holiday with your little ones. With a handful of broken crayons, create heart-shaped faux stained glass or a brand new crayon shape. And if you have a party planned, choose one of the kits below to let kids create their own decor. It’s hours of fun for very little (or absolutely no) money. After all, it’s more than a little amazing to see what a kid can do with candy, a doily or two, construction paper and some glue.
Includes 8 necklace packs.
Chinaberry’s Valentine Card Making Kit, $17, chinaberry.com
Makes at least 30 small Valentine cards.
Shrinky Dinks I Heart You Tree, $12.40, target.com
Dino Valentine Card Holder Craft Kit, $7, orientaltrading.com
Crayon Hearts, free tutorial, familyfun.go.com
An excellent tutorial to create heart-shaped crayons using crayon pieces from around the house.
HearthSong Valentine Making Kit, $20, amazon.com
Create Valentine cards and decorations with this huge kit.
Crayon Hearts, free tutorial, marthastewart.com