This week, I had the task of coming up with a Valentine’s Day classroom craft for one of my girls and her 30 classmates. I wanted something that was quick to put together, and required nothing messy i.e. no glue! I came up with these Foam Heart Lockets, complete with each kiddo’s picture on the inside, that they could decorate on the outside with stick-on elements. You can make these just with your kiddos, but they are easy enough for a whole class (mine are 2nd graders) to do with a little bit of assistance from grown-ups.
My hearts were about 2×2 inches. I cut them out in my Cricut from foam sheets, but you can find them ready-made. Then, I punched a hole in the corner with a standard hole punch. I provided four colors, and let each kiddo choose two.
Then I stacked one heart on top of the other, and threaded some baker’s twine through the holes and tied knots next to the hearts, as well as at the ends to form the necklace. The twine should be long enough to throw over a kid’s head. I allowed the kids to choose their twine color as well.
Now the lockets are ready to embellish. The girls and I made two in advance as samples for inspiration to show the rest of the kids. One was a face using stick-on wiggle eyes and stick-on moustaches (I made those with adhesive-backed foam with my Cricut Explore but you may be able to find them ready-made). The other option was to just use stick-on gems. I bought several types at the craft store. Most stickers stick well to foam so you could do pretty much any type.
For the inside picture, I used my heart punch and the class picture we received along with our yearly school photos to create a heart photo sticker of each of the kids. If you don’t have this, you could ask your teacher to give you pics of each kiddo (printing them out on regular printer paper is fine). I made them into stickers using my 1.5-inch Xyron Create-A-Sticker. So for the entire class, I fed all of the little heart pictures into my Xyron, and took the whole Xyron strip to school.
Finally, open up the locket and center the pictures onto the inside, i.e. the 2nd heart.
You can decorate the inside cover as well, or even around the photo. These are cute keepsakes for the kids to keep for themselves, or they can be gifts for parents or grandparents.
It was so fun putting this craft together and I think the kids liked them. There were a few stations at the party and the kids seemed to finish in good time before going on to the next activity. The teacher and parents also seem to approve of them (phew!). So keep this in mind if it’s your turn to come up with a classroom craft, or just do this at home with your little ones! Happy Valentine’s Day!