I am not the most crafty mama out there, but when my kids create with contact paper I feel oh-so-crafty. And I think it is partly because it I feel like I am getting away with something: no mess!
I can count on one hand the times I have let my little ones use glue or glue sticks because I am a little hesitant about the mess. But contact paper is wonderful for even really young ones because the paper is sticky without creating sticky fingers and a need for bath time following craft time. (We have done our fair share of messy, too!)
And as I said, contact paper is perfect for very young crafters because it is forgiving. You can stick and re-stick items on the contact paper and have lots of fun pressing and pulling, while working on fine motor skills. (NOTE: find out how to make cute videos (called GIFs) like this one here)
As a part of Craftulate’s Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Materials, I am sharing a new contact paper Valentine card we made using contact paper and construction paper (cardstock if you have it).
Contact Paper Valentines
- construction paper
- Contact paper
- A heart-shaped punch (or you can cut the heart out yourself)
- Cut cardstock or construction paper to the size you would like your card to be. I cut our 11 x 8 cardstock in half.
- Fold over one time to create a card.
- Use the heart-shaped punch to cut out a heart on the front flap of the card. Your little ones might really enjoy doing this – it is a fine motor work out!
- Use the punched out “heart” of cardstock to measure a large enough piece of contact paper to cover the hole left in the card. Cut to desired size.
- Open the card to the inside. Peel the backing off of the contact paper and press onto the back of the heart-shaped opening on the front of the card. You will want the sticky part of the paper to be visible on the front of the card when it is closed.
- Create confetti with your construction paper by tearing it into small bits. For a more uniform look, you could create confetti with a small hole punch.
- Show your child the sticky heart you created and ask her to decorate it with the confetti.
I love the way our contact paper valentine cards turned out and I can’t wait to write personalized messages on them and give them away. This project would be great for school-aged kids to make and give away during Valentine parties!
Looking for more fun with contact paper? Here are some other great contact paper projects and crafts we have done here at Simple.Home.Blessings.
Coloring with Toddlers (a mama tip)
Do you have some great ideas and crafts using contact paper? Please link them up so we can have the Ultimate Guide to Contact Paper!