Sometimes, when making crafts with preschoolers, the crafts turn out so cute that I just can’t wait to share them. This Valentine’s Day Banner is one of those times. The banner is fun and simple to make, and looks adorable. An added benefit is that this Valentine’s Day Banner also helps preschoolers develop fine motor skills through cutting, gluing, and creating.
So, let’s talk about how to make this super cute Valentine’s Day banner.
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Or any other fun craft embellishments readily available.
Hot glue and glue gun
First, print out at least one of the free heart templates on card stock, for each of the children participating. We used white card stock, but other traditional Valentine’s colors could work too. I gave the smaller hearts to my older children, and the larger hearts to my younger children.
Next, fill the crafting table with all sorts of paper, foam, felt, pompoms, ribbon, and buttons – any type of Valentine ’s Day craft embellishments. Don’t forget to make sure there are scissors and glue available for the children to use, and that the glue will stick the embellishments to the card stock. I recommend using hot glue for adhering pompoms, and Elmer’s gel glue for the other embellishments. Things just seem to stay better. But if hot glue is being used, be sure it is being used by the adult, and to watch the children closely to avoid burns.
Let the children decorate the hearts anyway they want. Encourage them to create their own decorations, patterns, and look for their hearts. Also, don’t have the children cut their hearts out until after they are done with the decorations. It might be necessary to remind them that they need to decorate only inside the heart. Also, if a child finishes faster than the others, let that child decorate another page of hearts.
When making the example of this craft, we used tissue paper to make a 3D heart, foam to make a woven heart, tissue ropes to make a textured heart, felt and pompoms to make a cookie-like heart, and tissue squares to make a checkerboard heart.
Once everyone has had a great time decorating the hearts, set them aside to dry. After the hearts have dried, let the children cut the hearts out of the card stock. Some children may require help using the scissors, so stay close by during the cutting portion of this activity.
Finally, with the hearts all cut out, it’s time to assemble the banner.
First, find some ribbon that will complement the children’s creations. We used burlap ribbon. Cut varying lengths of the ribbon, so the hearts will hang in a staggered way.
Next, glue the hearts to the ribbon with hot glue. After gluing, select another ribbon that complements the hearts and contrasts with the first ribbon in some way. I choose a burgundy, narrow, satin ribbon to contrast with the burlap.
Tie a simple bow around the first ribbon, right at the top of the heart. Now, all the hearts should be on ribbon hangers. They could be hung from the ceiling or in windows this way, but I wanted a banner for my fireplace. So, I picked one more ribbon and hot glued the burlap hangers to the ribbon.
There, the banner is finished and ready to use as a Valentine’s Day decoration. My preschooler was so proud of her banner that she hung it up immediately.
This fun, cute, creative craft is easy to facilitate and uses the craft items already on hand. Your kiddos are going to have a blast making this Valentine’s Day banner craft. And, I’d love to see photos of their creations. Post them to my Facebook page at http://facebook.com/mommycrusader.