Are you looking for one of those gorgeous, intricate, complicated Valentine’s Day crafts that you find on Pinterest?
If so, then this is the wrong blog for you. I am HOPELESS at crafts and I have zero creativity.
So while I can’t offer you an impossible creation that looks like it was plucked from the pages of Martha Stewart’s Living, what I can offer you is a bunch of easy, low-stress ideas for making Valentine’s Day crafts with your kids.
All you need are some cheap heart-shaped decorations from the craft store, glue, and about five pounds of Smarties.
Okay, so maybe you don’t need five pounds, but you need a good amount. I was lucky enough to receive a huge box full of Smarties to facilitate my crafting. Thanks, Smarties!
Since you probably did not get a box of Smarties on your doorstep, just go to the store and buy all the Smarties you can find. Their light pastel colors and non-stickiness make them perfect for craft supplies that double as a yummy crafting snack!
Other benefits to Smarties:
♥ Excellent for sorting by colors
♥ Fun to stack
♥ Picking up the candies helps your child’s fine motor skills
♥ Smarties are gluten-free, vegan, and safe for children with peanut allergies
Okay, so Step #1 is BUY SMARTIES. (Here is a link to the Smarties Store, or just visit your supermarket.)
Step #2: Hit up a craft store like A.C. Moore or Michael’s and buy any and/or all of the little wooden heart-shaped decorations you can find. Just go to the Valentine’s Day section and you will find lots of plain heart-shaped things for you to decorate. (All very cheap, too.)
If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you may want to pick one of those up, too. (I did, but I just bought the mini-gun. Didn’t want to commit to the full size.)
Oh, and if you want extra crafty points, buy some Mod Podge. I had always heard those crafty types speak of Mod Podge, but didn’t know what it was. Well I saw some at A.C. Moore and I bought it! (I’m a professional now.)
Step #3: Collect any other crafting supplies around your house. I found markers, stickers, and some pink glitter glue.
Step #4: Start decorating!
Now, there are a couple different ways to work with the Smarties medium on an art project. There is the obvious, easy, and perfectly acceptable method of simply gluing the whole Smarties candies onto the object.
Another method to try if you have the larger Smarties is slightly crushing them so you can make mosaic art, as seen in the craft below. (My husband would like to point out that this was HIS IDEA.)
Finally, you can simply let your child obliterate the Smarties into Smarties powder and use it to decorate like that. (To crush the Smarties, we used the bottom of an ice-cream scoop and a ramekin.)
(Note: I do not have a picture of any Smarties powder art. There was an incident involving a large Smarties dust spill, a dog, a toddler, and many, many tears.)
Here is my favorite Valentine’s Day decoration we (I) made…a Smarties Heart Bouquet! All you need to find is a heart on a stick to make this one, then fill the vase with Smarties.
With regards to the gluing, use your judgment on whether you will need regular glue or a hot glue gun. Obviously, be careful with little ones if you are using the glue gun.
One more cute idea: fill up a little heart-shaped jar with Smarties to place on a mantle or bookshelf. This was lots of fun for my two-year-old!
Disclosure: Smarties provided me with candy to facilitate this post. This post contains affiliate links to help support The Naughty Mommy.