Recycled Valentine Card Craft for Kids

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If you haven’t noticed, I hoard toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and most recently because of the holidays, gift wrapping rolls. I know I know… but proud of it! Recently we made dolls out of toilet paper and ribbon rolls and a castle out of toilet paper and paper towel rolls. This time, with Valentine’s we made a Recycled Valentine Card Craft for Kids.

Here’s what you need:

  • Paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, or gift wrap rolls
  • Scissors
  • Washable Red Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper Cutter

Here is Mia attempting to show you the gift wrapping tube… my little goofball!


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I cut small “strips” from the gift wrap roll and shaped them into a heart as shown.

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Then, Mia carefully painted each one red. As you can see she’s completely focused! Make sure the paint you use is washable.  Also make sure you protect your work surface. With little fingers on such a small heart, we got red paint everywhere!

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While the hearts were drying, I cut out cards from scrapbook paper Mia chose. We made two cards, one vertical and one horizontal. She said she would give them to her two best friends for Valentine’s Day.  Inside the cards, I let her draw whatever she wanted. With a hot glue gun, I slowly and carefully applied a little glue and stuck them on the front. We were initially going to add ribbon but we liked them simple and as is.

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable,, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.