Fabulous Crafts & Party Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so we have been searching for festive DIY craft and party ideas for this red-hot holiday. In addition to a few Art Truck favorites below, we created a Pinterest Board to share fabulous projects from crafters around the globe that are guaranteed to add creativity and fun to your celebrations at home, school or even at the office – without breaking the bank.

 

Valentine’s Robot Snacks that Kids can Make

You probably know that we have a sweet spot for all things robot, so we couldn’t resist these adorable  Valentine’s robot snacks from Crafty Morning.  Kids at Art Truck parties love making sculptural robots, so we think they’ll have a blast making – and eating – these tasty artworks.

 

 

Painted Flutes make a Party
Fill Painted Flutes with Bubbles

 

Paint + Bubbles = Love

Are you looking forward to toasting your sweetie with bubbles on Valentine’s Day? Add extra romance by painting your own pair of champagne flutes covered with hearts, kisses and love notes. Or make them to give as gifts to a special someone. This project is inexpensive, easy and takes about an hour. It’s a great way to enjoy some creative, quiet time and is also fun with a group.

Champagne flutes come in many sizes and shapes. Dollar Tree stores carry several nice flutes. Best part? They are only $1 each. We like them because they are sturdy and easier to handle while painting. Ikea also offers reasonably priced higher quality flutes that we like, but they are much more fragile. Or consider repurposing glasses you already have on hand for a truly unique artwork.

The palette is key to your success. A simple three-color Valentine’s palette of hot pink, red and gold will make shopping a breeze and ensure that your glasses are Valentine hot.  We recommend using Decoart paint pens to simplify the whole project. Why bother with paints and brushes? These pens work great freehand or to fill in self-adhesive stencils from Plaid or Martha Stewart (our favorites).  Find all supplies at Michaels stores.  For permanent designs follow curing instructions.  Not in love with your flutes? Put them in the dishwasher and wash your art away.

Fun and Frilly Photo Props

Fun and Frilly Props
Fun and Frilly Props

 

 

 

 

 

Guaranteed fun. This instant party is a cinch. Visit a local Party City or Dollar Tree for a fantastic assortment of wearable, posable Valentine’s Day props. We love hot pink and bright red boas, heart shaped or over-sized red glasses, glittery head-bobbles, and lips on sticks. Add self-adhesive red moustaches for endless smiles and giggles. Smile for the camera and instantly share your photos with family and friends on your favorite social network.

Or take instant photos to make unique and adorable Valentine’s Day cards.  We just love Fuji Instax Mini 8 cameras available for $59 at Walmart and Michaels stores. Be sure to buy a twin pack of film because kids will love snapping photos.

Edible Art is Sweet

Edible Art is Sweet

Marshmallow lollipops make terrific edible Valentines. Use food markers to paint messages on marshmallows – we love the supersized marshmallows if you can find them!

Or buy some pretty Pizelles to color with sparkle gels to create shimmering discs of love.

 

We invite you to attend one of The Art Truck’s Valentine’s Day workshops or host your own party with us.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Maura

20 Great Ideas for Goodie Bags that Inspire Creativity

Goodie bags and kids birthday parties go hand-in-hand. Kids love getting them, but figuring out what to put into them can be challenging, pricey and time-consuming for moms. So we thought we’d share some of our favorite party favors to help you create your own goodie bags with minimal effort and maximum satisfaction for everyone.

Most of these wallet-friendly items can be purchased online at Oriental Trading, or at your local Dollar Tree and Party City stores.  All items are guaranteed to inspire creative thinking and play for children 5-8 years old. We especially love mini treats!

  1. Mini watercolor paint sets – These adorable paint kits require minimal water and are great for travel.
  2. Mini canvases – Kids can use mini paints, pencils or crayons to make professional looking miniature artworks to decorate their rooms.
  3. Mini note pads – Kids will love drawing pictures and keeping track of ideas in their very own note pads.
  4. Novelty pencils – Pencils in different colors, shapes and sizes make fun writing and drawing tools for kids.
  5. Novelty erasers – There’s no end to the variety of erasers available – robots, flowers, footballs, Disney figures and more for kids to make lines disappear.
  6. Pencil sharpeners – As with erasers, novelty erasers are fun and practical.
  7. Washi tapes – Easy-to-tear tapes come in a variety of colors and patterns that kids love to use to decorate pages, note pads, boxes, and more.
  8. Clay – Non-hardening clay sticks in multiple colors provide endless possibilities for creating  3-D artworks.
  9. Wiki Stix These waxy, colorful sticks are loads of fun for making figures, spelling names and so much more.
  10. Crayons – A classic coloring tool for young kids.
  11. Glue sticks – A grown-up art/office supply with lots of creative uses.
  12. Mini tapes or scotch tapes – Kids just love taping things together.
  13. Glitter tattoos – Kids also love a little wearable sparkle.
  14. Novelty rings – Smiley face, super-hero, and googly-eye rings are not just for girls.
  15. Jelly and friendship bracelets – These are especially popular with older kids who enjoy trading, collecting and wearing novelty bracelets.
  16. Bouncing Balls – They come in lots of colors and are a hit with boys and girls alike.
  17. Adhesive moustache – Kids love (and adults) love sporting felt moustaches that come in may colors.
  18. Mini bubbles – Who doesn’t love blowing glistening bubbles into the air?
  19. Classic paper blow outs – Younger children love to make a little noise while watching colorful paper rolls unfurl.
  20. Pom poms – The glittery ones are especially fun!

5 Fun and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

Time is the thing we need most during the holidays. Keeping kids entertained while keeping up with holiday preparations is challenging. So, here are a few of our favorite low-mess, no-stress holiday crafts to entertain kids with minimal supervision while you prep for festivities.

As always, all of our crafts are kid-tested and approved. Plus, you probably have most of the supplies around the house. If not, they’re inexpensive and easy to find at your favorite stores like Dollar Tree, Michael’s, and Walmart.

1. Snowflake Chandeliers

Supplies:

  • Fun wire
  • Beads
  • Gems
  • Foam or paper snowflakes
  • Curling ribbon

How:

Cut wire into 12″-16″ legnths and loop one end.

Place beads in a bowl. Kids will love searching for beads to string onto wire.

Add a snowflake with some gems to the bottom using tape or poking through foam.

Hang in a window or on a tree!

2. Marshmallow Snowmen

Supplies:

  • Marshmallows – one bag each of jumbo, standard and mini
  • Food markers
  • Coconut flakes
  • Pretzels
  • Blue food spray or blue sugar
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper plates
  • How:

Place marshmallows on plates.

Kids select marshmallows and assemble snowman using toothpicks.

Add pretzel arms and marshmallow mittens.

Draw a face and clothing using food markers.

Speinkle cocunut on plate, add blue spray (or sprinkles) for color.

3. Pom-pom Jewelry

Supplies:

  • Pom-poms in assorted sizes and colors
  • Spiral wire bracelet

Create a loop at one end of wire bracelet. Carefully push pom-poms onto wire – the trick is to get the wire through the center of pom-pom. Continue varying sizes. Loop the other end and tuck into pom-pom.

4. Painted Pizelles

  • Pizelle cookies – store-bought or homemade.
  • Sparkle gels in assorted colors

How:

This is a favorite Art Truck party activity – kids love it! Note that Pizelles have two different designs on either side, so kids can paint several cookies. Simply place cookies on plates and let kids paint in the shapes using sparkle gels. Encourage them to create wreaths, stained glass windows and snowflakes.

6. Scribble Ornaments 

  • Sharpies in assorted holiday colors
  • Plastic ornaments with silver, gold or white coating.
  • Ribbon

Simply arrange Sharpies and ornaments on a table using paper plates as work stations and watch kids delight in scribbling and swirling abstract designs using all the different colored markers. Add a ribbon and hang on a tree or in a window.

Happy Holidays!