With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it’s time to get out the paper, scissors and glue and get crafting with your little darling to make a simple Valentine’s Day card. St Valentine (the guy who brought us Valentine’s Day back in third Century Roman times) has confused scholars for centuries and nobody really knows who exactly he was. In fact, there are three Valentines said to be the Saint in question who died on 14th February on Via Flaminia in the north of Rome. Via Flaminia was an ancient Roman road that led the way over the Apennine Mountains to the beautiful city of Rimini on the Adriatic coast.
So, onto the Valentine Cards and Gifts – get your craft gear out and gather the children round the table to muck in and make their own Valentine favours.
Heart Fridge Magnets
You need to make up some salt dough for these:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt (cheapest table salt available)
Up to 1 cup of water
Mix the ingredients together adding the water a little at a time until you have workable dough that is not too sticky. Divide the mix into four parts and then colour one of the parts with red food colouring (or add some acrylic paint) until it is the colour pink that you like best. Add some red glitter to the rest of the salt dough until you get the right amount of glitter to suit your taste.
Roll out the glitter dough and cut into circles with a cookie cutter. Roll out the pink dough and use a small heart cutter to cut out hearts that will fit neatly into the circles. Moisten the middle of each circle and stick on a heart.
Now bake in the oven at 100˚C for up to four hours. Keep checking to make sure that the dough doesn’t become brown and keep turning the baking tray (and moving the circles) so that they all dry out evenly on all sides. Glue a small magnet (available in craft and toy shops) onto the back of each one and they’re good to go.
Pretty Flamingo Valentine’s Card
You’ll need card (in pink and whatever colour you choose for the background), pink pipe cleaners, pink feathers and some small googly eyes – all available from craft shops and toy shops. Fold the background colour card in half neatly to make the card itself – now the fun starts as you begin the decoration.
Cut out two matching heart shapes from the pink card and stick one onto the background card where you want the flamingo’s body to be. Cut out a beak shape and colour part of it black with a black marker (see photo for guidance), then glue on a wiggly eye.
Arrange two pipe cleaners at the bottom of the flamingo’s body and glue them into place (don’t forget to bend one as flamingos stand on one leg). Bend a pipe cleaner in half and twist to form the neck, then glue into place on the flamingo’s body.
Next glue the pink tail feathers into place at the flamingo’s bum. Then, take the second heart and glue it on top of the first one to cover the glued on legs, neck and tail feathers.
Write your Valentine message on the front of the card and send to your special someone.
You’ll need coloured card in reds and pinks, a hole puncher and a reel of red and white twisted cord. Cut out hearts from the coloured card (all the same size or a variety of sizes – that’s up to you. Punch a hole in each heart, then thread onto the red and white cord – you can tie a knot before and after each heart to keep them in place. Hang on the wall, around the door, on the mantelpiece – wherever you want your Valentine to see how you feel.