Wax Resist Valentine's Card
Make a multicolored wax resist Valentine's card with heavy card stock. Draw a design on the front of the card with crayons, such as hearts, candy and flowers. Add words if you desire, but make sure each area is thoroughly covered with crayons. Paint the surface of the card with watercolor or thinned tempera paint. The paint will stick to the paper but not the design. Make the card look tie-dyed by dripping several colors of paint on the card's surface. Use the same process on the inside and back if your teen desires.
Handmade Paper Valentine
Recycle pieces of colored paper into a handmade paper Valentine. Tear the paper into 1-inch squares. Place the squares in a blender until it is half full. Add three cups of water and blend on liquefy. Pour the liquid through a metal strainer. Remove the pulverized paper and press it onto a piece of white felt in the shape of a heart. Press the pulverized paper until it is 1/8-inch thick. Repeat the process until you have enough pulverized paper to complete the heart. Allow the handmade paper to dry, then carefully peel it from the felt. Write your teen's Valentine's greeting on the surface. Glue a bow on the top left hump of the heart.
Scroll Valentine's Card
Show your affection with a special scroll Valentine card. Make a certificate on an 8-by-11 1/2-inch piece of paper. Have your teen add words such as "You're Special to Me," "I Love You" or "To My Special Someone." An alternative to making a certificate is to buy pre-made certificates at local hobby and craft stores or print one online. Roll the certificate into a scroll. Wrap a piece of origami paper around the center. Secure the origami paper with a 12-inch long piece of ribbon. Cut out a 3-inch heart from red or pink construction paper. Write your teen's special someone's name on the heart, then attach it to the piece of ribbon.
A simple yet cute Valentine uses a 2-by-3-inch white rectangle, a 2 1/2-by-3 1/2-inch red rectangle and a quarter. Glue the white rectangle in the center of the red rectangle. Glue a quarter in the upper right hand corner of the white rectangle. Write "I Have an Idea" on the left hand side of the quarter. Draw a line under the words and put an arrow head on the end to point toward the quarter. Write "Let's flip for it -- heads you're my Valentine, tails I'm yours" under the arrow.
Candy Heart Picture Frames
Keep your kid from eating the whole bag of candy hearts by using them for a craft project. You'll need a plain picture frame with at least a 2-inch border all around. Add craft glue to the candy hearts and glue them to the picture frame. Put a photo of your child in the frame. She can keep it or give it away to a family member or friend. Of course, remind her that the glued-on candy hearts are not for eating!
Textured Valentine's Card
For this project, fold a piece of red construction paper in half like a card, then open it back up. Help your 5-year old draw and cut out a heart on the left half of the construction paper. Fold it over again. Glue textured items such as cotton balls, crumpled tissue paper or colored sand into the space where the heart was cut out, so that a heart shape is created on the right side of the card. Allow your child to get as creative as he likes decorating the rest of the card.
Valentine's Heart Wreath
Invite your kid's friends over to create a friendship Valentine's wreath. Have each child cut out three or four hearts from pink and red construction paper. Help the kids write their names on one heart and then write friendship values on the other hearts -- words like "sharing," "nice" or "funny." Use glitter glue to write on the hearts. Cut out the center of a large paper plate and have the kids glue the hearts around the rim to create the wreath.
Pick up brightly colored card stock and small lollipops for this project. Draw heart-shaped flower petals and flower centers on the card stock and help your 5-year-old cut out them out. Fold the flower petals in half to create a crease. On green card stock, cut out two leaves for each flower. Place the flower centers in the center of the flower petals and poke a small hole through both. Stick a lollipop through the hole, so it is now the center of the flower. Tape the two leaves on the underside of the flowers to secure it. Have your child hand out the lollipop flowers to her closest friends.