Heart Butterfly Valentines for Kids

Heart Butterfly Valentines for Kids

Heart Butterfly Valentines for Kids

These heart butterfly valentines were all Maia’s idea.

We were cutting out and folding tissue paper hearts yesterday to make these valentine doily suncatchers and she disappeared with one of the pink hearts.

When she came back to the table, the heart was glued to a wooden clothespin as butterfly wings. She had even drawn a face on the butterfly.

Maia asked if I would cut out some circles for her out of the red and white tissue paper. I did, and she glued them on the wings. (She actually made two; Daphne crumpled the first one.)

When her friend Stella came over, she made a heart butterfly as well, decorating hers with lots and lots of tiny black dots.

I love these butterfly valentines! They are quick to make, too.

You could easily make a bunch to give to friends or hand out as class valentines—maybe writing a Valentine message along the body of the butterfly.

I’m not good at catchy messages. I thought of “You make my heart flutter,” but would you really give that to your friends? This is why I stick to “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Heart Butterfly Valentines for Kids

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut a heart out of paper.
  2. Decorate your heart with collage and/or drawings.
  3. Glue the clothespin body to the center of the heart.
  4. Draw a face with markers.
  5. (Optional) Add pipe cleaner antennae.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Suzanne
    February 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Those are darling! And I love that she thought this up by herself.

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    Regina @ Chalk In My Pocket
    February 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I just love these! I’m going to file this one away for when the butterflies start arriving in the spring — I wish it would come faster, I’m freezing over here!

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    Amy Fields
    February 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    What a great idea! We are making tractor valentines this year due to my son’s obsession with John Deere. I agree with Mary I like you is what they want to hear!

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    Rachel
    February 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    so cute jean! reminds me of the coffee filter stained (with water color from droppers) we did back in the day in art grp, then put in clothespins for butterflies, do you remember those? i think we put them in the opening of the clothespin and then flaired them out.

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    Holly
    February 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Love these!!! When I was teching in preschool we made some valentine butterflies, but called them “Love Bugs”…I love love bugs :) Great idea Maia!!!!

  • Reply
    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author
    February 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I started laughing when I saw these. The clothespins are just so cute!!! You might even wrap some wire (smaller wire than pipe cleaners) around their necks to stick out above their little round heads as antennae. Or glue 2 little curls of paper on top if they want to.
    One thing I love about wood is that it “stains”, so you can easily color clothespins with liquid watercolors (I get mine from Discount School Supply.) Even MULTIcolor them.
    All just extra suggestions for your readers. Sometimes enough is enough, if you know what I mean. Enjoy it in the simple form!

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author
    February 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Messages. One of the most important thing (just ask any kid) that they want to hear or read on a Valentine is “I like you.”

  • Reply
    Alex
    February 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Perfect. My niece is coming over tomorrow and i was thinking of a butterfly project…and here it is. thanks Jean.

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    February 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I like the idea of painting/staining the wood with liquid watercolors! I think Maia would have a blast with that.

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    February 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Yes! Of course. SO MUCH better than “you make my heart flutter”! :)

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    February 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    We’ve made butterflies before with these clothespins, although it’s been a year I think since the last time. She must have seen the heart as good butterfly wings potential…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Love bugs – Awesome!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    February 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I hope you had fun with it!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    February 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    oh gracious… that was longer ago than i thought! justin was just over 3. i can’t even believe it! it’s so special to watch our kids grow up together through all these art projects and gatherings.

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