Valentine’s day Crafts are always super cute and fun for little ones. It’s an easy theme to work with and there are lots of options, but as with all toddler crafts they’re not always do-able for toddlers, so I’ve made sure these can be done by little ones with the help of some contact paper!
I am going to show you how to make 6 simple contact paper heart crafts using just wool, foam shapes, sequins, tissue paper, glitter or ribbon! You can choose which craft you want to do based on what you have already at home (or have a go at them all if you want!)
Once you’ve made your hearts, we’ve got some fun ideas for ways to display them too to show off your little ones work! But first let’s get into what you’ll need to make these super cute hearts!
What you will need to make cute contact paper hearts
For the Sticky Heart Base:
Sticky Heart Filler Ideas:
- Strands of wool
- Foam shapes (we just cut up a sheet of foam)
- Sequins (buttons would be fun too!)
- Tissue Paper balls
- Strips of Ribbon
How Do You Use Contact Paper For Crafts?
I think contact paper crafts are such a great idea for little ones, but if I’m honest it took me a while to get my head around how to actually use it in crafts! So if you’re wondering the same thing, don’t worry I’ve got you covered!
Contact paper is sticky on one side, which makes it great for little ones instead of glue – but it can be a little tricky applying the contact paper the first few times. So let me show you how and save you the time working it out 🙈
How To Make A Heart Frame
To make your ‘sticky’ heart, you will first need to make a frame.
You can download the free template below to create a few different size hearts (all can be printed on A4 paper)
Free Heart Template Printable for making a Contact Paper Heart Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers!
Cut out the template that you want to use and then draw around it onto either card or foam (foam works well as it is thicker).
Then cut out a slightly smaller heart leaving you with a foam template like this:
To add the contact paper, simply draw a heart just a bit smaller then the biggest heart, cut it out and check it fits before peeling.
Peel the backing off and stick to the back of the heart
Contact Paper Heart Filler Ideas
Once you have made your heart shaped frame, it’s time for your little one to have all the fun sticking stuff to it!
I have 6 different suggestions as to what you could stick onto your hearts – but really you can use whatever you can find and whatever works for the age of your child (always supervise and watch children with small parts!)
1. Toddler Friendly Tissue Paper Hearts
Scrunching up pieces of tissue paper in varying shades of pink or red makes an easy task for toddlers and fun to do!
Alternatively you could not scrunch up the tissue paper and lay them onto the contact paper – this would look beautiful in a window with the light shining through!
2. Make Spiral Heart Patterns
We created some patterns with the wool for a fun effect but to make this more toddler friendly you could cut up strips of wool for them to stick on.
One of the great things about contact paper is you peel and stick as much as you want, so if that’s all your little one wants to do then this is perfect!
3. Sprinkled Sequin Hearts
You will need to carefully supervise your child with small sequins as they are a choking hazard. Try sprinkling them on to your heart or individually placing them on (great for fine motor skills practice for little ones!)
4. Ribbons Scrap Hearts
I don’t know about you, but we have a ribbon scrap bag in our house and this is the perfect way to use some of those bits and pieces that are just not long enough for anything else!
5. Foam Shapes Sticky Heart
For this foam heart, we just cut up some of the foam we used for the frames and added them onto the middle – but you might have heart shaped foam pieces or other foam shapes that you could use.
For preschoolers, you could have a go at sticking a name across the front of the heart too using foam lettters!
6. Glittery Sparkly Hearts (Messy one!)
This last one is a little messy but it was a lot of fun! You could try doing this in a Tuff Tray to contain the mess (or a deep foil tray).
You could try mixing colours or goig for a rainbow effect if you wanted!
How to Display Your Child's Valentine's Hearts
Once you’ve finished creating your contact paper hearts together, you might want to display them for the world to see! Here are some ideas on how you could do that:
- Put them in a window (some of them look really pretty when the light shines through!)
- Blue tac them to your child’s bedroom door for a lovely display
- Hole punch the tops and tie some string through them to make some bunting to hang up in your house or in the window
- Use them to make Valentine’s day Cards by sticking the hearts to the front of a card!
- Use small hearts to make a frame for your child’s photo
We popped out in the window to brighten it up a little one a gloomy day 🙂
I hope you enjoy having a go at these crafts – we’d love to see what you get up to and have fun celebrating with your little ones!
Louisa | Mum’s Creative Cupboard
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