Is it just me, or does it seem like Christmas just ended? Here we are, already preparing for Valentine’s Day. The days have been unusually cold and drab (especially for Florida), but this little Valentine’s Day project is exactly what we need to add a little bright pick-me-up to our daily routine. Bonus: Your children will love this as much as the recipients of these Valentines.
This veggie flower Valentine’s Day card craft is super simple because, frankly, ain’t nobody got time to get crazy with “all the things.” All you need to do is take a quick trip to the grocery store; there’s also a good chance you will already have some these items at home.
You will need:
- White cardstock
- Fresh baby bok choy, okra, bell peppers and celery stalks
- Craft paint (colors of your choice)
- Paintbrush or sponge brush
- Canvas (optional)*
- Ink stamp pads (optional)*
Start by preparing the “stamps” by cutting the vegetables. If you’re using bok choy or celery, cut them near the base of the bunch. You can just slice the okra in half so it gives you enough room to hold the veggie to use as a stamp. Look at how cute these “flower stamps” are! Nature makes the best art!
Next, just add some paint to a sponge brush or paint brush, and fully paint the cut end and stamp it onto your cardstock in any design you would like. Alternatively, you can use a stamp pad if you don’t want the kiddos getting messy with paint.
After you’ve added your veggie flowers, let your child dip their finger in the green paint to add a little personal touch with fingerprint leaves. Finally, add a sweet Valentine’s message, and you have a special gift that anyone would love to receive. My two kids had so much fun with this craft, and it was just too easy and adorable not to share!
You can make cards or even stamp this out on a canvas for a beautiful, personalized piece of art. You can also experiment by using different vegetables such as bell peppers and lotus roots. Your kids will have fun picking out what veggies they want to use for their special Valentine. Who knows, you may even get them to eat a new vegetable (air high five)!
We definitely didn’t want to waste the goods and turned our leftovers into an amazing vegetarian stir-fry (cut off the painted ends, of course). Now that’s a double win!