Festive Valentines Crafts
for Seniors and Elderly

These festive valentines crafts are easy to make! and made with inexpensive craft supplies.

Any are great Valentine's Day activities for seniors and elderly. They're also easy to modify for those who need more help. So see what you can do with them to fit your needs.

(For more general activities to do during the month of February, see Fabulous February Senior Activities).

About Materials

As usual, we always recommend using items you have around your home for making easy crafts – remnants or wrapping paper, greeting cards, magazine pictures, fabric, beads, candles, candies, clay pots, vases, jars and plates, etc. Or buy items inexpensively from thrift stores and dollar stores.

You'll see that many of our ideas are easy to modify so are suitable as crafts for the elderly who may need more help.

Valentines crafts often involve candy! (Sugarless candies are easy to find now, as well). Using candles, especially flameless battery candles, add ambiance too. Many of these can be used as fancy ways to give a valentine, as a centerpiece, at a place setting, or as a give-away. Whatever fits your needs!

And if you need a basic heart template for any of your projects, see ours below.

Our Easy Valentines Crafts

Spiral Candle Centerpiece

This eye-catching candle centerpiece is really easy to make -- it's one our our really easy craft ideas. You can use so many items that you may have at home. A pink color scheme works well too. Try setting several of these valentines crafts in a row down your table or on a mantle.

You will need:

  • Craft glue
  • Tall glass vase (I like a straight shape)
  • Curly valentine garland
  • Pillar candle
  • A CD for the base
  • Valentine stickers to decorate CD edges
  • Strip of red ribbon to lay across CD base
  • Two small artificial flowers for ends of ribbon on base
  • Round doily to set it on

It’s simple to see how to assemble this, just from the picture. First, stick the stickers around the edges of the CD base. Then glue on the strip of ribbon across the CD, with flowers on the ends. Place the glass with candle onto the CD. Cut the appropriate length of coil from the garland, and wind around the vase. Place it all on top of the doily. When you light the candle, it casts interesting shadows from the garland against the wall or on the table.

Valentine Hearts Candy Dish

Valentines crafts are not complete without a creative candy dish. And this fun candy dish decoration has many possibilities. You can use printed or floral paper cups, perhaps to match the print in the hearts-on-a-stick, which were cut from matching wrapping paper.

Any valentine candy will work for this, as well as whatever plate or dish you may have around.

You will need:

  • 2 round doilies for bottom base, and for on top of cup
  • Dish to put candies in
  • Paper cup for holder
  • 3 long wooden skewers
  • Colorful paper to cut for hearts
  • Gum drop or other candy to place on tops of skewers

Note: -- I happened to have party cups and wrapping paper to match (as well as paper plates). But you can do any mix-and-match with red or pink, plain or print.

Poke 3 holes through the cup bottom (which, since it’s turned over, is now the top).
Cut out 2 hearts for each skewer, back to back, so you have print on both sides of the heart. Glue it around the edges, but leave it open at top and bottom, so you can slide the skewer through.
You can also glue a small valentine in the middle of the hearts too, with a message, if desired.
Next, place the round doily on the top of the cup.
Run the skewers, from underneath the cup, through the holes in the cup; and also through the doily.
Slide each skewer into a heart so it comes out the top of the heart.
Poke the candy onto the top of the skewer.
Position the skewers the way you want them in the cup.
Place the cup into a dish, then fill with candy. Put it all onto the doily base.

The Hearts on a Stick

These two-sided hearts (as shown with candy dish above) can be made large or small, attached to skewers or colored toothpicks. Then use them for all sorts of other valentines crafts...

* Hang them from the ceiling, mobile style
* Stand one up in a candy dish
* Insert a small one into the top of a cupcake or cake
* Poke into a flower arrangement or a plant, as a planter stick
* If you make really large hearts, laminate and use as placemats!
* Make long, tall hearts; laminate, and use as bookmarks



Angel Valentine and Candy Holder

Valentines crafts often include an angel or cherub. This cute angel valentine is a really popular craft to use for giving something as a gift.

Use her to hold a valentine, candy (truffles, lollipops, or candy hearts are perfect too), a small box (with a surprise in it of course), or perhaps a piece of keepsake jewelry you’d like to give away. Or do you prefer a boy angel valentine? We have ideas for that too.

This angel is inexpensive to make, and you can use items you may have around the house. I used a pink paper cup for this one, but bright prints or floral paper cups look great too. Don’t want pink? Do the whole thing in reds. To learn the details, just click on this link. Angel Valentine and Candy Holder.


Pink Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

See how easy it is to create cute characters with strawberries dipped in white chocolate tinted pink. Use strawberry pieces for the details too. You'll get ideas for every season as well, on our make chocolate covered strawberries page.


Heart Picture Frame

Heart picture frames make really cute valentines crafts -- and they're made with a cookie cutter! Very simple -- just trace it onto your favorite photo. Hang some baubles from it, or in this case, painted wooden hearts. I found that it works best to attach the various components in a specific order, so that it hangs well.

You can use this craft for anniversaries as well. Decorate it whatever way you'd like -- we offer several suggestions. Or perhaps you'd like to frame a very much loved pet! Perfect to give as a gift or keep for yourself (like I did). These can be hung on a wall or even a Christmas tree.

Using cookie cutters for frames is really fun. There are many shapes and colors available for the various holidays and seasons. To see just how I made this one, go here to our Share Your Craft forum: Heart Picture Frame Crafts.


Hershey Kiss Mouse

You may have seen these little mice done in red and green for Christmas. But they're also very cute Valentines crafts when made all in red (you can also get pink Kisses during Valentine season).


Just glue 2 Kisses together, inserting a thread with loop in between, if you want to hang it. The ears are paper cut into the shape of hearts, also inserted between the two Kisses. Glue on googly eyes (or little candies) and a black candy or bead for the nose. Or use frosting as edible "glue" instead.  A marker is used for the smiley face. Very easy!



Valentine Decoupage

Decoupage is a very easy craft technique that's perfect for Valentines crafts. I like to use old wrapping paper, wall paper or fabric. Cut your piece to size for your project, then apply a decoupage medium under and over your material. Smooth it down and get out the wrinkles, then dry. Apply a couple more layers of medium for extra protection.

Decoupage work wonderfully on old chocolate boxes, on wooden shapes from the craft store, small boxes, collages made on canvas or canvas board, etc.

Lollipop Valentine Centerpiece

This whimsical lollipop valentine centerpiece is really two crafts in one. You can paint the clay pot too – we have full instructions. Make it as fancy or simple as you’d like. And there are many variations to decorate this project. Plus, you can eat the lollipops later!

You can use your favorite candy for the lollipop (something large and round works best) – we wrapped and skewered our own, and show you how. Of course, when the festivities are over, just turn the clay pot right side up and use it for whatever else you want. Just click on the link to learn how to make this fun valentine craft: Lollipop Valentine Centerpiece.

Hanging Candy Ornament Ball

This charming candy ball was submitted to us in our Share Your Craft forum, by one of our visitors -- Janelle in Arizona. She decorated it with Valentine's Day candy, but mentioned that of course it could use other types of candies as well, for other parties or occasions. In this case, Janelle used the jelly hearts that are so popular for Valentine's Day. She also added some artificial flowers to add interest. Take a look at her larger photo and the detail on how to make it: Hanging Candy Ornament Ball.

Bird Planter Feather Craft

This fancy feather craft is an amusing tropical bird that is actually a decorative planter stick. You can also change out the feather color for any holiday or occasion, as always. In fact, it also looks fabulous in all pink - like a flamingo. Great for gifts and give-aways too. Give it along with a plant.

You can also stick it into the corner top of gift-wrapped box (as long as it doesn't pierce the gift!). Or tuck it into the ribbon. See the full instructions on how to make this cute planter stick, it's so easy you can make several: Bird Planter Feather Craft.



Painted Apple Valentine Centerpiece

This apple valentine centerpiece includes a very unique hand-painted apple that’s easy to make! Can you guess how we did it? You can make it simple or complex, depending on your artistic abilities (or not). But you definitely do not need to be an artist to make one. We also point you to templates on our web site that you can use for ideas.

Learn how to create this special valentines craft, then use your imagination to make it as decorative as you’d like. We kept ours simple so you could see it more clearly and get the idea. See more at: Apple Valentine Centerpiece.


Here's another template that may be useful in your Valentines crafts designs.

Free heart-butterfly template

Hand Painted Wine Glasses

Painting on glass is one of my favorites. There are so many types of glass paint in craft stores that it's really simple to make a set. And you can use nice plastic-ware instead, if glass is not an option. I find really nice glassware at dollar stores, thrift stores and garage sales.

Get the basics and some design ideas (you could use hearts too). Then make a pair or a set. They're perfect for Valentines craft ideas. And are great for gifts! Plus try painting vases, bowls, mirror, and more. Go to how to paint glass (the easy way).

Fancy Decoupage Soap

Soap decoupage crafts make lovely gifts to give away, including for Valentine's Day, or something special to keep for yourself.

And they’re easy – you just need a few inexpensive supplies, some of which you may already have at home. See our page at Fancy Soap Decoupage Crafts.


Besides our Valentines crafts, also see:


Valentine's Day Desserts

Find a variety of creative and healthy desserts (we use lots of fresh fruit, natural ice cream and natural sweeteners like honey) for you festivities. And fun things to do with chocolate, like pink and white too.

Everything from apple-fruit bowl with a pink chocolate swirl, to a strawberry chocolate tower, to raspberry puff pastries, to brandy-chocolate custard. And a whole page with fresh strawberry desserts. Like my mom's awesome pie recipes. See them all at Valentines Day Desserts.



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