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Valentine Hugs – Crafts by Amanda


This Valentine Hugs project is a classic. This has been around for years and years and I probably even made one when I was a little girl! This cute bouncy accordion is a great project for preschoolers with arms.

Man with accordion arms Child holding paper valentine heart

Why do we like this project?

Because this is such an easy craft, young children can enjoy making it. Preschoolers can work on their dexterity by bending arms and legs as well as using scissors.

This makes a great housewarming gift to give to parents or grandparents. That’s why we call them Valentine Hugs!

valentine hugs man with accordion arms

Useful project information:

  • Age Level: 4 and up
  • Dirt Factor: Low
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Completion Time: Less than 30 minutes
  • Cost Estimate: Less than $1.00

Craft Materials You Will Need

You can print the heart pattern here.

supplies for valentine crafts
Find the full list of supplies and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.

How to draw valentine hugs

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to print out the instructions!

  1. Using the heart pattern, print one large and four small hearts in red construction paper, You can also print on white paper and use as a template.
  2. Cut out the hearts.hearts cut out of red paper
  3. Cut white construction paper into 4 strips about 1.5 inches wide. Cut the two straps (sides) into 2 inch pieces.
  4. Fold the strips in an accordion style back and forth pattern.folding paper accordion style
  5. For the arms, glue a white accordion strip to the back of the left side of the heart. Repeat for the right side.
  6. For the legs, glue a white accordion strip to the lower left side of the back of the heart. Repeat for the right side.pasting white paper on a red heart
  7. Glue two small hearts to the ends of the arms and the remaining two small hearts to the ends of the legs.Red heart attached to white accordion paper
  8. stick both googly eyes Use black marker for the larger heart and to add a smile.set eyes on heart
  9. If you want some sparkle, pipe pink glitter glue For cheeks.adding glitter glue
  10. Let the glitter glue dry completely.

Expert Crafting Tips

  • For a group setting it may be easier to make several copies of the pattern to hand out to each table of children.
  • For some sparkle, use a bottle of pink glitter glue to create a glitter border around the hands, feet, and head.
  • If construction paper doesn’t fit properly in your printer, print the heart template on regular paper and trace onto construction paper.
  • You can add a magnet to the back of the big heart to hang it on the fridge!
Man with accordion arms Child holding paper valentine heart

These cute Valentine Hugs crafts are easy to make and kids love making them! We hope you enjoy this project.

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Paper Valentine Heart Man with Accordion Arms

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valentine hug

These cute Valentine Hugs crafts are easy to make and kids love making them! Teachers – This is a great classroom project that kids can give to loved ones!

prep time10 minutes

crafting time15 minutes

total time25 minutes

supply

  • red and white construction paper
  • 2 big googly eyes
  • pink craft foam or construction paper
  • heart pattern
  • pink glitter glue optional

Instruction

  • Print one large and four small hearts on red construction paper. You can also print on white paper and use as a template.

  • Cut out the hearts.

  • Cut white construction paper into 4 strips about 1.5 inches wide. Cut the two straps (sides) into 2 inch pieces.

  • Fold the strips in an accordion style back and forth pattern.

  • For the arms, glue a white accordion strip to the back of the left side of the heart. Repeat for the right side.

  • For the legs, glue a white accordion strip to the lower left side of the back of the heart. Repeat for the right side.

  • Glue two small hearts to the ends of the arms and the remaining two small hearts to the ends of the legs.

  • Glue two googly eyes onto the large heart and use a black marker to add a smile.

  • If you want some sparkle, pipe pink glitter glue on the cheeks. Let the glitter glue dry completely.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • For a group setting it may be easier to make several copies of the pattern to hand out to each table of children.
  • For some sparkle, use a bottle of pink glitter glue to create a glitter border around the hands, feet, and head.
  • If construction paper doesn’t fit properly in your printer, print the heart template on regular paper and trace onto construction paper.
  • You can add a magnet to the back of the big heart to hang it on the fridge!

This post originally appeared here on January 11, 2021.

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