I am in love with today’s little Valentines craft! We made these adorable milk carton Valentines houses last week, and I just can’t get enough of them.
A Valentines house is similar to a gingerbread house (in fact the inspiration came from these milk carton gingerbread houses), but the colours… oh my! The pinks and purples and reds, and the doily rooftops and glittered, ribboned walls…. they just look so pretty and dainty all lined up on our dining room table.
Every time we walk through the room we have to stop and oooh and ahhh over them.
All ages will enjoy making these Valentines houses. The 3 year old and I made several one morning, and later that day, Miss 8 year made a couple of her own. Over the weekend, some in-between aged kids helped me make a few more, and everyone (myself included) loved the process.
If your kids love all things pretty – ribbons, glitter, gems and jewels, they’ll adore this project.
Let me show you what you’ll need, and how to make some of these pretty houses with your kids.
To make your Milk Carton Valentines Houses, you’ll need:
- empty milk cartons, washed and dried
- red and pink paint
- paint brush
- primer (i.e. Gesso) – optional
- tin foil, coloured paper
- sequins, buttons, gems,
We started by painting our milk cartons. I set out several shades of pink and red acrylic paint for the hooligans to dip into and blend as they painted their milk cartons houses.
I had primed a few of the milk cartons with Gesso before-hand but you don’t really need to do that.
The primed houses only required two coats of acrylic paint to cover up the print on the milk cartons. The cartons that weren’t primed required three 3 coats of paint.
Let each coat of paint dry before adding the next. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. I love that trick. That way, you’re painting your second coat minutes after applying the first. 🙂
When our acrylic paint was dry, we added our decorations.
We cut windows out of tin foil, and doors out of card stock.
We glued lengths of yarn around doorways, and around the bases of the houses.
I think one of my favourite things was the doily rooftops that we added.
To make our doily rooftop, we cut a doily in half, and then we glued those halves to the top sides of the milk cartons, and we tucked any leftovers up under the edges on the sides of the carton.
We glued buttons and sequins and sparkly gemstones all over the walls of our houses,
and we finished with a dusting of glitter!
Of course! What Valentines house would be complete without glitter?
Who knew a milk carton could be so beautiful?
I hope you and your kids will be make some Valentines houses this year too!
Feel free to use whatever odds and ends you have on hand to decorate your houses with if you don’t have what we used.
Some suggestions: ribbon, paper strips, fabric scraps, stickers… Whatever you use, your houses are sure to be beautiful, and your kids will have enjoyed another fun round of crafting and creating for Valentines day.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.