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Two Suncatchers to Make for Valentine's Day

Suncatchers are a fun, easy craft to make for Valentine's Day. Here are two different projects, one is great for toddlers, and one is suitable for older children.

Valentine's Day Suncatcher for Toddlers

Supplies Needed:

  • Red or pink construction paper
  • Red or pink tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Red glitter
  • Glue stick
  • Contact paper

This is the toddler version of a Valentine's Day sun catcher. This picture will need a front and a back, so take two pieces of construction paper and cut a big heart out of the center of both pieces. You can do this by laying one piece on top of the other, folding them both in half, and cutting out the heart. You want the front and the back to look the same (you can use the hearts you cut out of the center to make the toddler conversation heart craft or tissue paper heart craft).

Toddler Valentine Sun Catcher

Next cut out two pieces of contact paper that are slightly smaller than the construction paper.

Peel the backing off of one of the pieces of contact paper and place the paper, sticky side up, in front of your toddler. Let him arrange his tissue paper pieces on the contact paper, pressing them down so they stick really well. Then help your toddler sprinkle glitter on the contact paper.

Next peel the backing off the second piece of contact paper and place it on the artwork your toddler has just created, so the decorations are sealed between the two pieces of contact paper. Trim around the edges so the edges are even. Next glue the pieces of contact paper between the two pieces of construction paper (see photo).

Melted Crayon Valentine Sun Catcher

Melted Crayon Valentine's Day Suncatcher

Supplies Needed:

  • Red or pink construction paper
  • Waxed paper
  • Cheese grater
  • Broken red and pink crayons
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Dish towel

This craft is fun for older kids to make. You will still have to help them with the iron.

Give your child a paper towel and some small broken crayons. Have them peel the paper off the crayons and grate them onto the paper towel with the cheese grater.

Cut two pieces of waxed paper slightly smaller than the pieces of construction paper.

Have your child arrange the crayon shavings on one of the pieces of waxed paper and then place the other piece of waxed paper on top. Set the pieces of waxed paper on a kitchen towel and lightly press a warm iron quickly over the top of the waxed paper. It will only take a second to melt the crayon. Be careful not to get any crayon on the iron.

As in the first project, take two pieces of construction paper and cut a large heart out of the centers of the two pieces. Place the waxed paper between the two pieces of construction paper and glue in place.

That's it! My six-year-old twins had a great time making these. Grating the crayons and using the iron are a lot of fun for older kids! They loved the patterns the melted crayons made.

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