Valentine’s Day cards for kids to make – easy and fun!

I had a lot of great feedback on the Christmas card craft post for kids that I shared back in December, so I thought why not make another aluminum foil collage craft for Valentine’s Day. These Valentine’s Day cards for kids to make are super easy and super fun and honestly, stress free for both your sanity and your kids. It’s that perfect card crafts for all the school teachers out there looking for something for your class to make for Valentine’s Day. My younger daughter never got a chance to do the Christmas ones so I thought now was a good a time as ever. 

One caveat – it is a messy craft but it is suitable for kids of all ages, which is a huge bonus when you’ve got kids of all ages to entertain and the results look like a fancy schmancy adult card that you think an artist spent hours on finessing a paper mache technique with.

And the best part is the base starts with something I am sure you have in your kitchen drawers.

Valentine’s Day cards for kids to make – easy and fun!

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THE VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

– Aluminum Foil
– Tissue paper in red, pink, white, fuchsia or your choice
– Glitter, washi tape or any embellishments that you can cut through easily
– School glue ***that dries clear***
– Pencil
– Scissors
– Heart shape cookie cutter or heart stencil

STEP 1

First thing you do is  cut out a whole bunch of random squares of tissue paper.

Kids Valentine Craft Step 1 - northstory.ca

STEP 2

Then you rip out a giant strip (or strips of foil depending on how many kids are doing the craft) and get your kids to drip school glue all over it in a swirly type of pattern.

STEP 3

After the glue is all over the aluminum foil, have them start decorating the foil by placing the tissue paper all over it randomly.

Kids Valentine Craft Step 2 - northstory (2)

Kids Valentine Craft Step 3 - northstory.ca

STEP 4

After the collage is covered with tissue paper, add more glue randomly all over it. Then add washi tape, sprinkle glitter and any other embellishments of your choice.

IMPORTANT TIP

Please note that if you do this, DO NOT cover it with sequins or any hard to cut materials on top of the foil as you will be cutting shapes out of collages after it is dry. You do not want to try and cut through gem stones or sequins are this will really hurt your hands. If you want those, add them at the end.

Kids Valentine Craft Step 4 - northstory.ca

Kids Valentine Craft Step 5 - northstory.ca

STEP 5

Shake off excess glitter and let the collage dry. We did this overnight just to be safe.

STEP 6

Flip the collage over to the other side and using a stencil (or in our case cookie cutters) trace the heart shape out. I made the mistake of doing the first couple with markers.

Kids Valentine Craft Step 6 - northstory.ca

DO NOT USE MARKERS TO TRACE YOUR COOKIE CUTTERS.

Why? Because they smudge. And you will get ink all over your hands and can accidentally transfer it to the front of your beautiful collage. Use a pen or a pencil just to lightly imprint the shape onto the foil.

STEP 7

Then have your kids cut out their heart shapes.

Kids Valentine Craft Step 7 - northstory.ca

FINALLY

Glue the hearts to cardstock and suddenly your kids will have turned this aluminum foil collage…

Aluminum Foil Collage for Valentine's - northstory.ca

Into these beautiful Valentine’s Day Cards!

How’s that for a simple but pretty fancy end results for a Valentine’s Day card craft?

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Valentine's Card Craft Aluminum Foil Collage - northstory.ca

Aluminum foil.

Tissue Paper.

And glitter.

Who knew?Valentine's Day Card Craft for Kids - northstory.ca

If you like this card craft, I have a lot more on this site including:

How to make felt Valentine’s Cards

DIY Easter Cards

How to make Glitter Christmas Cards in less than 5 minutes!

12 Comments

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    [email protected]
    February 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I love these Alex! They’re so fun and I love that they truly are a craft you can do with the kids – the more sparkles the better!! Pinning!

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    the home tome
    February 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Wonderful! I do have a fear of glitter but I can see myself getting over it for this…

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    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    February 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I love these!!!!! I’m SO doing this with Kash this weekend! Now I won’t be the sad Mom who feels terrible when her kid comes home with BAGS full of Valentines from every kid in the class when her kid didn’t make any. For anyone. Not even store bought. Cause….that TOTALLY didn’t happen last year. :-S

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    February 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    This is seriously one of my most favorite Valentine projects that I’ve seen this season. Simple fun you can have with your kids… love it!

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    Cara McKee
    February 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Fabulous, you could do this with so many funky shapes. Thanks.

  • Reply
    jodi
    February 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

    These look great! Just wondering why do you make the collage on aluminum foil instead of regular paper?

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Great question! I think aluminum foil was used by a lot of preschool educators as a sensory project for kids to give them an alternative to paper so they could work with different materials to make art. In the original Christmas card post I mention that I didn’t invent this method and found it when I came across a similar project (not for cards) and that’s how this craft came about. I do like how the foil helps contain all the insane amount of glue and glitter vs having it seep through traditional paper onto the table (as the project can get very wet and messy the more layers you add to it) but I don’t see why anyone couldn’t use regular card stock for this so by all means try it out and let me know how it goes! 🙂 The aluminum does however give it that extra kick of shine and texture which is really great for Holiday crafts.

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    February 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Extra credit to your daughter with the green nail polish!!

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    Thalita @ The Learner Observer
    February 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I love it! This is so great because kids of different ages can enjoy it – believe me, I know some 13 year olds that would enjoy throwing down some tissue paper and glitter! Good call on the aluminum foil – and it looks nice and shiny when you cut out the hearts 🙂

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    Laura
    December 8, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Love this project. We had some trouble with the glue not holding when the card was exposed to cold. What type of glue would you recommend?

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