Ribbon Heart Valentines Cards: Here’s a really cute Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers, and a great way to use up a lot of the ribbon scraps you’ve been hanging onto.
The hooligans and I were digging around in the craft cupboards yesterday, looking for stuff to make more Valentine’s cards with, when I came across the ribbon basket.
My ribbon basket is literally overflowing with full rolls, partial rolls and a bazillion strips of ribbon in various lengths. I have a hard time parting with leftover bits of ribbon because they’re so pretty. I’m always sure we’ll find a way to use them one day.
Today’s ribbon heart cards were the perfect way to use them up.
The hooligans love exploring materials and textiles because of the colours, patterns and textures. The ribbons we used today were lovely for little hands to explore. Some ribbons were slippery and smooth, others had a lovely gauzy texture, and the rick-rack that you see at the bottom of our heart was thick and bumpy. The one thing that all of our ribbon strips had in common was their colour: pink!
To make your Ribbon Heart Valentine’s Cards you’ll need:
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- one piece of 8 x 11 card stock, folded in half (this will be your card)
- 1/2 piece of 8 x 11 card stock (for the heart-shaped overleaf lay)
- ribbon scraps
- paintbrush (optional)
Making your cards:
Start by folding your 8 x 11 piece of card stock in half. This will be your actual card.
Cut strips of ribbon that are not quite as wide as your card.
Have your child glue the ribbon strips across the front of the card. A paintbrush and a small pot of glue is a great way for toddlers to handle glue if the glue bottle is too difficult to squeeze.
While your child is decorating the front of the card, you can cut out the heart-shaped overlay. For this you’ll need a half piece of 8 x 11 card stock. Make sure it’s exactly the same size as the front of the card your child is working on.
You’re going to cut a heart out of this piece of paper. To do this, I simply drew a rough sketch of a heart on the paper, poked my scissors through the middle of it, and cut it out.
When all of the ribbons have been glued to the card, have your child apply glue to the back of your heart-shaped overlay. Next, carefully position the overlay over the ribbons, lining up the edges of the overlay with the edges of the card.
Behold! A beautiful ribbon heart Valentines card!
And if you’re looking for a gift to give with that card, be sure to check out this collection of terrific Valentine’s crafts that kids can make!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Looking for more creative Valentine’s ideas for kids?
Check out Red Ted Art’s collection of 14 Valentines cards for kids to make!
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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.