Valentine’s Day is in the air – as I’m reminded by every store I walk into. While we don’t usually make a huge ordeal out of it, I do love the warm spirit it puts everyone in. I feel like it’s a great reminder for all of us in what a little extra appreciation and attention can do for those we love. Plus, who doesn’t love all the adorable crafts and Valentine’s Day cards our kiddos get to make?! This year we tried out a new simple way to make a Valentine’s Day Heart Tree and Sierra had a blast making it, so I’m sharing it with all of you!
Oh! And I also wanted to share these scratch off joke Valentine’s Day cards that we’re probably going to get for Sierra’s class. How stinkin’ cute are those??
Valentine’s Day Heart Tree Craft
Here’s What You Need
- Colored Paper (we used blue, green, brown, and two different shades of pink)
- Pencil or Pen
- Glue (liquid not a stick)
- Tape or stapler
- Paper plate or bowl
How to Make It
First you need to set up the background for the tree. Take the green piece of paper and out a grass shape (picture below of what we did). Then glue that cutout to the bottom of the blue paper.
The Tree Trunk
Next it’s time to make the tree trunk. Place your child’s hand and arm flat on the brown paper. Have them spread their fingers and then trace with a pencil or a pen. Once traced, cut it out and glue it on top of the grass and sky background. *TIP – if the tree is too long, you can always cut a little off the bottom to make it whatever size you’d like.
Now it’s time to make the hearts. Start out by cutting the pink paper into strips. We cut ours along the shorter side (cutting them along the longer side will make the heart too big). Once you have the strips cut out, it’s time to fold them into hearts, which can be done one of two ways.
The first way is to take each end of the strip and tape or staple them together to make the bottom point of the heart. Then take the top of the heart and fold in to make the top point. **We originally made the hearts this way, but were having a hard time getting them to keep their shape in the next step.
The second way (which we discovered after we were already done *face palm*) is much easier in my opinion. Instead of connecting the ends of the strips to make the bottom point, they connect to make the top point (see picture below). Then you just pinch in the bottom of the heart to make the bottom point. *TIP – after doing the project this is a MUCH better way to go.
Making the Tree
All of the heart leaves are made and it’s time to put them on the tree (you can always make more if you need to). Take your paper plate or bowl and squeeze a good mound of glue in there. Then take a heart and dip one side in the glue. *TIP – make sure to coat it really good. Once there is a good amount of glue on the heart, stick it somewhere on the tree.
Repeat this step with the hearts until your tree is completely filled in to make the leaves.