Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Hi Friends!

Hope you had a great weekend! Ours was busy, busy, busy with friends and parties galore! We'll share some photos with you soon! In the meantime, we're in a Valentine's Day state of mind around here. Still looking for a Valentine's Day gift for the grandparents or to bring to your child's class? We've got you covered! We've scoured the web for fun craft activities you can do with your kids and we did one of them at home with gorgeous results!

Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

We did something like this first idea at a birthday party last fall, when we used painter's tape to make each child's first initial on a canvas and then let them paint over the entire canvas. Once the tape was removed, their initial remained white. This post from Momista Beginnings does something similar, but with a Valentine's Day spin! The resulting posters or canvases from this project are cute enough to display year round (and you know the grandparents are going to do just that!).  

Need a super simple craft idea? Simply Shellie has a cute idea for a handprint heart card that is quick and easy. You may want to help with the cutting part to make sure the thumbs and index fingers stay attached! ;-)

We use our salad spinners a lot already, but here's another use for them! And for those of you who have one tucked back in a cabinet that hasn't seen light since Debbie Gibson was on the radio (if you are too young to get that reference, we can't be friends. sorrynotsorry.), bust it out and put it to use! 

Last, but certainly not least, was our favorite craft idea. We liked it so much, we had to try it out for one of our kid's school Valentine's Day goodies. For this project, you need crayons - lots of crayons. The good news is that you can repurpose all of the sad, broken crayons floating around your home that are too short to use for coloring. Alternatively, you can snag a box or two of 64 crayons (Target had the best pricing) and you'll be set. We used this silicone mold and it needed about 3-3.5 crayons per heart. Obviously this number will vary depending on the size of your mold.

Valentine's Day Crayon Craft - OhSoFancyParty.com

The project is pretty simple. First, you'll want to pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees and place a rack in the center.

Next, strip the paper off of your crayons. If you soak them in water (hotter seemed to work better), about 90% of the wrappers will peel right off with little to no effort. For whatever reason, there were a few colors that were a little more stubborn, but a little bit of elbow grease and dish soap got those wrappers to play nicely!

Then, once the crayons are all naked, break them into chunks. We typically tried to get 4-5 pieces from each crayon, since that size fit nicely into the molds. Then group the crayons with similar/complementary colors (pinks and reds, yellows, greens, blues, etc.) and start mixing and matching and filling the molds. 

Place the silicone mold on top of a cookie sheet - this ensures wax doesn't drip into your oven if you overfilled your hearts and makes it easier to take the mold out once all of the wax is melted without spilling hot wax all over you/your oven/your floor. Bake for 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye on them. You want to pull them out as soon as all of the bits are melted - if you wait too much longer, the wax and the color start to separate and you'll have a 1/8 inch white wax strip on the bottom of your hearts. We definitely don't know that from experience. 

Almost melted - just a few "globs" left!

Almost melted - just a few "globs" left!

The end result is beautifully marbled crayons that your kids (and, let's be honest, you) will love!

Valentine's Day Crayon Craft - OhSoFancyParty.com

Let us know if you try any of these or share your favorite Valentine's Day craft in the comments or drop us a line!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah

Hooray! Someone Special Turned 2!

Last week was Sarah's younger daughter's 2nd birthday! Happy birthday, sweet girl! We celebrated with an adorable Hooray-themed party (check out the Pinch we used here). This is the handmade invitation we designed to coordinate with the Pinch:

Hooray Pastel Balloon Birthday Invitation - OhSoFancyParty.com

We are gaga over this set of decor and tableware and jumped at the chance to use it ourselves. It's so. darn. cute. Here are some photos from the party so you can see how we set everything up. 

Our latest obsession is washi tape. The designs are gorgeous and it's a really easy way to dress up, well, just about anything! Sarah used coordinating mint green washi tape and wrapped the milk glass bottles, then stamped each one with "Cheers" and "It's A Party!"  So easy and cute!! 

And who was it who said utensils are the life of the party? OK, fine, no one ever said that...until now! We found a great way to dress them up and make them more fun - stamping! Yep, Sarah stamped the wooden forks and spoons with "Happy Birthday" and a small cake and two candles. Would you believe that everyone was asking where we found these utensils? Ha ha! We made them, of course!

We used some of our new cupcake toppers and mixed together the balloons (stamped with tone-on-tone confetti and a number 2) and the banners (proclaiming: "cake time!") to add lots of color and fun to the dessert table. The cupcakes were made by our new friend Micki, who owns The Petite Cakery - local folks should check her out - so yummy!! We'll let you drool over the flavors we devoured: red velvet with cream cheese buttercream, chocolate with salted caramel buttercream, dairy-free vanilla with white chocolate buttercream (neither of us are dairy-free, but we both think that cupcake is one of her best flavors! So moist you won't miss the dairy at all), and almond cake with almond buttercream. Feast your eyes on a photo and feel free to salivate. We are. 

Hooray Pastel Balloon Birthday - Cupcake Toppers - OhSoFancyParty.com

To keep the little ones entertained, at least briefly ;-), Sarah bought 5"x7" canvas boards from the craft store for them to paint. She marked off each child's board with his or her first initial in painter's tape. Then we watched our little group of Picassos paint away. Most of the paint ended up on the canvases...sort of. Once the paint dried, we could peel off the blue tape and each kid had his or her own personalized art! Simple, inexpensive, and they loved it. These also fit perfectly in a 5 x 7 frame, which can be a perfect way to display your child's artwork or a great gift for grandparents ;).

We didn't want anyone's cute party attire to get ruined during the painting session, so Sarah found these inexpensive paint smocks. With a little puffy fabric paint, these were easily personalized for each kid and a great party favor! The kids loved finding their spots at the table and creating their little masterpieces (with washable paint, of course!). It was smiles all around!

Sarah kept the food simple and went with the theme "foods my kid might eat." We'd bet many of you can relate! The menu included: veggies and hummus, popcorn, crackers, watermelon, corn on the cob, and homemade mac and cheese. It was certainly a hit with the kids (and adults!)! These treat cups are also a great way to serve up more than just sweets. Sarah filled them with veggies and the kids even grabbed a few. We will do anything to get those kids to eat their vegetables!

Yellow Treat Cups and Food Labels - OhSoFancyParty.com

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into this adorable 2nd birthday party! 

Sarah and her adorable family! 

Sarah and her adorable family! 

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah