3D VALENTINE

What you need:

  • Scrap craft paper

  • 2-3 pages from a magazine

  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

  • Marker

How you put it together:

  • Using a marker and cookie cutter, trace 16 hearts from your craft paper and magazine pages. (8 from the craft paper and 8 from the mag work perfectly.)

  • Fold all the hearts in half. Make sure the pretty side is on the inside of the fold.

  • Lay one folded heart onto a flat surface and add glue to one side.

  • Lay another folded heart on top, press down to make sure they're secure.

  • Now, add glue to the top and stack on another heart.

  • Continue this process until you've glued all 16 hearts together. The heart-halves should match up perfectly with the straight edges all on one side, like an accordion.

  • Once the glue is dry, unfold the hearts and join the two opposite sides with more glue, forming your 3D Valentine.

  • Pull some of the hearts flat to write short, sweet messages.


BEE MINE

What you need:

  • Ferrero Rocher chocolates

  • Black tape

  • Hole punch

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Wax paper

  • Black marker

How you make a bee:

  • To make the bee's stripes you will need to cut thin strips of black tape. Try placing the tape on a piece of wax paper first, then cut it into strips. This trick makes it much less sticky.

  • Place two strips around one of the chocolates.

  • Most Ferrero Rocher chocolates are packaged with gold cardboard/foil labels. Use this packaging to cut out two small hearts.

  • Glue the hearts to each side of the chocolate. The hearts will be the bee's wings.

  • Use a hole punch to punch out a few rounds from the packaging.

  • Add black dots to the rounds to make eyeballs.

  • Glue on the eyeballs.

  • You can use stickers or markers if you want to give your bee a mouth.

When you give these to your Valentine be sure to say, "Bee Mine!"


VALENTINE FOR THE BIRDS

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening or lard

  • ¼ cup unsalted peanut butter

  • ½ cup birdseed

  • Handful of dried fruit (optional)

Materials:

  • Heart-shaped molds (craft stores have them)

  • Bowl

  • Spoon

How to put it together:

  • Combine shortening and peanut butter in a glass bowl.

  • Heat in microwave for 20-30 seconds.

  • Mix in birdseed and dried fruit.

  • Pour into heart shaped molds. If you don't have a heart-shaped mold, pour into two greased muffin tins.

  • Let them cool in the fridge or outside (if it's cold enough) until they harden up. This should take 2-4 hours.

  • Take them out of the molds, put them on a plate and place near a window.

Enjoy watching the birds feast on their Valentine!


BUTTERFLY VASE/CANDY JAR

What you need:

  • Clean jar

  • Construction paper or foam board

  • Straw

  • Glue

  • Tape

  • Markers

  • Candies or flowers (optional)

How you put it together:

  • Cut a strip from your construction paper. It should be 1/3 the length of your jar.

  • Wrap the strip around the top of the jar and attach with tape or hot glue.

  • Draw a face onto the strip of paper. You can also use googley eyes and other craft materials to make the face.

  • Cut a straw in half to make antennas.

  • Tape the antennas to the top, inside of the jar.

  • Cut two hearts from the construction paper.

  • Glue or tape the hearts to the sides of the jar so it looks like the butterfly's wings.

  • Fill the jar with candy or flowers!

Mom or Grandma will love to get this for Valentines Day!


HEART GARLAND

What you need:

  • Toilet paper tubes (3-4 is a good start)

  • Craft Paints (bright colors)

  • Foam brush

  • Scissors

  • Hole punch

  • Twine

How you put it together:

  • Paint your toilet paper tubes, with one or two coats of paint.

  • When the paint is dry, flatten the tubes and cut them into ¾ - one inch rings.

  • To make the heart shape, flatten out the rings. Push the top point in towards the center until it meets the bottom point.

  • Round out the sides and shape it into a heart.

  • Punch holes in the sides of each of the hearts.

  • String the hearts on the twine.

Hang your heart garland above the fireplace or over a window.


HERSHEY KISS VALENTINE

What you need:

  • Hershey Kisses

  • Cardstock or construction paper

  • Scrap pages from an old magazine

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Markers or craft paints

How to put it together:

  • Cut small hearts from the magazine pages. The hearts will be the flower petals for the front of the card. Four hearts per flower.

  • Fold your cardstock in half so it forms a card.

  • Glue down the hearts in a circular pattern.

  • Glue a Hershey Kiss into the center of each flower.

  • With markers or paint, draw a stem for your flower.

  • Write "HAPPY VALENTINES" on the inside of the card.

This makes a great Valentine for classmates!


To see "Crunchy" demonstrate more Valentine crafts with Annie Yu of Fox 5 morning news, click HERE.