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10 Valentine Craft Ideas for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
November 7, 2022
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Here are 10 Valentine craft ideas and gifts to make from kids’ process art projects, including cards, notebooks, garlands, and more.

Updated December 2022

If your kids are anything like ours, they love process art activities. And they produced endless amounts of artwork from those activities, too.

What to do with all of that artwork? You can display it or reuse it.

You can also turn a process art activity, such as shaving cream marbling, into the base for a seasonal or holiday craft, gift, or decoration. And if it happens to be February, you can turn it into valentines!

A few other kids’ process art activities that would work well being turned into valentines would be:

This time we started with shaving cream marbling and then used the beautiful, marbled paper to make 10 different Valentine crafts, including cards, notebooks, and garlands.

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

10 Valentine Craft Ideas from Process Art


Sew Paper Heart onto Blank Card for Valentines Day
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

1. Valentine’s Day Cards

Paste or sew your heart art onto blank cards or onto cardstock to make easy Valentine’s Day cards. Add a note, such as “Happy Valentine’s Day” or “I Love You” or “Be Mine” and sign your card.

DIY Notebooks for Valentines Day with Marbled Paper
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. DIY Notebooks with Marbled Paper

You can also make simple notebooks with the marbled paper. We’ve actually made similar DIY notebooks with marbled paper in the past and sent them to the grandmas as Mother’s Day gifts.

DIY Notebook Instructions

  • To make the notebook covers, cut a sheet of watercolor paper or card stock in half, then fold each in half like a book.
  • Sew a rectangle of marbled paper (or other process art) onto the front half of your notebook. Sew a paper heart to the center of your notebook as well, if you like.
  • Cut a stack of 10 or so sheets of printer/copy paper in half. Fold each stack in half like a book and fit inside your notebook cover.
  • Sew the pages to the cover along the center. All done!

Note: If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can glue the marbled paper to the notebook cover and then hand sew or even staple the pages into the notebook. Or buy mini blank books and simply glue the artwork to the front.

Paper Heart Garland valentine craft ideas
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

3. Paper Heart Garlands

Garlands, buntings, and paper chains are easy to make and a good way to repurpose any process art into seasonal and holiday decorations.

You can simply sew a number of hearts together to make this garland.

Or try this hearts paper chain over on Art Bar Blog. It is easy for kids to make with artwork strips and a stapler (great for stapler-obsessed kids!).

You can also make a heart garland (on Green Wedding Shoes) with your new marbled paper or make a simple hugs and kisses banner like this (on Simple As That Blog).

And, of course, you can simply turn your art into an artful bunting by cutting triangles out of the artworks, then sewing or taping them together.

Kids Art Book valentine craft ideas
Photo by Meri Cherry

4. A Kid-Made Art Book

You can make a kids’ art book for someone special, using a variety of artworks, including process art as Meri Cherry did with her kids.

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

6 More Valentine Craft Ideas to Make with Kids’ Process Art

You can also repurpose children’s process art into the following which can be used for gifts or decorations.

We hope you have lots of fun turning your process artwork into some sweet valentines!

More Valentine Craft Ideas for Kids

Want even more creative ideas?

Check out our Hearts Activities pack!

We think you’re going to LOVE this sweet collection of adorable heart activities! This 32-page printable eBook is full of coloring pages, drawing prompts, games, and more!

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