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Give the Gift of Homemade

February 4, 2019
Homemade Valentines Day Craft for your toddler to make as a gift.

The perfect homemade gift to your spouse, partner, aunt, uncle, grandma or grandpa: The Picture Frame!

Homemade Valentines Day Craft for your toddler to make as a gift.

Homemade Valentines Day Craft for your toddler to make as a gift.

Those precious mementos your parents have all over their house had to start somewhere!  It’s fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple but it’s also a sweet holiday for parents from their children (or another family member or friend).  Instead of buying something for your child to give as a present to your spouse, something handmade goes a long way and is so much more fulfilling for both parent and child.  We just finished this adorable picture frame that will be from both my kids to their Dad (i.e. my husband:)).  This was an activity both my kids enjoyed and now serves as a present they are proud of!

*If you haven’t done so already, check out this blog post to ensure your activity box is stocked for craft essentials!

Supplies:

  • 4 large popsicle sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun
  • Any decorative item you want (we used markers, pom poms, stickers, colored buttons, and glitter)
  • Family photo
  • String, yarn, or ribbon
Homemade Picture Frame: Valentines Day Gift from Kids

Homemade Picture Frame: Valentines Day Gift from Kids

Directions:

  1. Since I have 2 children, each child got to decorate 2 large popsicle sticks.
  2. Letting each child run free with their imagination and decorating skills, I placed the popsicle sticks in front of each of them and put all of the decorating supplies in front of them.  My 4-year son decorated however he liked between coloring, gluing, and smearing glitter, I helped my 1-year old daughter by holding the sticks steady so she could color as well as smeared glue on each stick.  This was great for her fine motor skills as she grabbed whichever supplies caught her attention and placed them on the stick.
  3. Once both of the kids were done decorating, I hot glue gunned the 4 sticks together to make a square.  Let dry.
  4. Cut a 6-inch piece of string, loop it, and glue to the top of the frame (which will resemble a Christmas Ornament but will make it easy to hang).
  5. Once everything has dried, glue your family photo into the frame.  Once flipped back over, you have your perfect handmade picture frame from your kids!
  6. Make sure to write the year on the back of this frame because this will surely become a keep-sake!
Homemade Picture Frame: Valentines Day Gift from Kids

Homemade Picture Frame: Valentines Day Gift from Kids

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Homemade Valentines Day Craft for your toddler to make as a gift.

Homemade Valentines Day Craft for your toddler to make as a gift.

 

 

 

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