Kids will love decorating these cardboard Valentines cookies with paint for icing and sprinkles made from yarn, pipe cleaners and paper confetti. It’s a fun and creative process, and the results look good enough to eat.
See all of our Valentines crafts for Tweens and Teens here.
Oh my gosh! We had so much fun making these cardboard Valentines cookies today! The girls who made them were 9, 12 and 13, so if you have older kids or an after-school program, this activity will be a huge hit with your gang. If you have younger kids, go for it. They’ll love it too.
You may also like our Paper Fortune Cookie Valentines Craft.
“Icing” and “sprinkles”…
We got so creative, painting our cookies a butter-cream colour and decorating each cookie differently. We used several different colours of paint for our icing, and we had fun making sprinkles from yarn, pipe cleaners and paper confetti.
They look so real!
This afternoon, I had them displayed on a plate for some of the photos you see here, and every time I caught a glimpse of them out of the corner of my eye, I thought they were real.
Aren’t they beautiful?
The inspiration for this cardboard cookie craft was this cardboard sugar cookie craft we made last month as a Christmas tree ornament. They were so beautiful, I knew then that we’d have to do a similar craft for Valentines Day.
Ok! Here’s how we made them!
- medium-weight cardboard
- heart-shaped cookie cutter or stencil (for tracing)
- paint and paintbruhes
- paint (we use acrylic craft paint)
- for the sprinkles: yarn, pipe cleaners, coloured paper and hole punch
How to make Cardboard Valentines Cookies
- Cut out hearts
Trace a heart on to a piece of cardboard and cut it out.
- Paint Cookie
Paint your cookie a cream colour, so it resembles a sugar cookie. We mixed DecoArt “Vanilla” with DecoArt “Butter” to get our cream colour.
Tip: If you want your icing to look puffy, add some white glue to your paint. Bonus: your sprinkles will stick without needing any additional glue.
- Apply icing paint
Paint any additional details such as lace trim, polka dots etc. The end of a paintbrush is great for dotting polka dots.
- Add sprinkles
Glue “sprinkles” to your cookies.
We made a variety of sprinkles for our cookies:
– yarn into small pieces
– cleaners into small pieces
– confetti we made with a paper punch and coloured card stock
And that, my friends, is all there is to making these scrumptious looking cardboard Valentines cookies.
What a fun way for kids to turn a few basic craft supplies into somethign spectacular.
Won’t these be fun for pretend tea parties in the days leading up to Valentines Day?
You may also like:
- Cardboard String Art Hearts
- Yarn Wrapped Pipe Cleaner Hearts
- Easy Folded Valentines Hearts
- Fortune Cookie Valentines
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