Valentines Craft - How To Make A Paper Hug

It’s that time of the year again - Valentine's Day! You know, the day when we're all supposed to be all lovey-dovey and shower our loved ones with chocolates, flowers, and cards that cost more than a three-course meal. But this year, why not do something different? Why not make something with your own hands? Yes, we’re talking about a Valentine’s Day craft. And before you start panicking and thinking that you need to be the next Picasso or you need the nimblest of fingers, don’t worry - we’ve got a craft so simple that almost anyone can do it.

This craft is perfect as something to do with your children in the lead-up to Valentine's Day. It can make the perfect little gift for them to give to your partner or they may even have a little playground crush that they want to give it to.



How To Make A Paper Hug




1. Begin by selecting a piece of glitter cardstock in your preferred colour.
2. Fold the glitter cardstock in half gently, ensuring a crisp edge for symmetry.
3. On the folded side, draw half of a heart shape. This ensures that when you cut it out, you'll have a perfectly symmetrical heart.
4. Use scissors to carefully cut along the line you've drawn. Once cut, unfold the card to reveal a full heart shape. This will be the body of your Valentine's craft.
5. Take the two wiggly eyes and place them on the heart, positioning them near the top and centre of the heart.
6. Apply a small amount of PVA glue to the back of each eye and press them onto the heart. Allow a few minutes for the glue to dry.
7. Take your A4 cardstock, and with a ruler, draw horizontal lines that are one inch apart across the entire sheet.
8. Use scissors to cut along these lines, creating several one-inch wide strips.
9. Select four strips for the arms and legs. Fold each strip accordion-style (back-and-forth folding) to create a zig-zag pattern. These folds give the arms and legs a playful, springy look.
10. Apply glue to one end of each folded strip and attach them to the back of the heart, two at the top as arms and two at the bottom as legs. Allow the glue to set.
11. Stick these EVA stickers to the ends of the accordion strips to represent the hands and feet of your craft.
12. With a marker pen, draw a smile on your heart character. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you like.
13. Once you're satisfied with your drawing, your Valentine's Day craft is complete!

Feel free to add additional decorations like glitter, sequins, or ribbons to personalise your craft further.



And there you have it. A Valentine’s Day craft that is so easy that those of us who can barely hold a Pritt Stick can master it. We’ve taken some card, googly eyes, and foam shapes and, with a bit of elbow grease, turned it into a charming Valentine's Day gift that is sure to bring a smile to the face of whoever you or children choose to give it to.

And the best part? You’ve made this together, spending some quality family time with each other in the process. So give yourself a pat on the back, and bask in the glory of this Valentine's Day craft.

If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day crafts inspiration you can check out our post on how to make a Heart Shaped Wreath, or you can check out some of our Valentine’s Day Origami Ideas.

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