A peek outside reveals that Brooklyn is cloaked in a thick blanket of snow – up to 12 inches in some places. Cue schools shutting, shops staying closed and a day when it’s perfectly acceptable to resort to a cartoon marathon. Because that snow ain’t stopping (even worse it’s turning to slushy ice-rain this afternoon – urgg!) To help fend off the inevitable apartment fever, we’ve rounded up some of the best crafty Valentine’s Day activities, which all utilize bits you probably have lurking in the back of your cupboards anyway – because seriously, who wants to embark on a glue gun expedition on a day like today.
Hannah and Kristie’s homemade heart-stamped banner is so simple that kids of all ages can get stuck in. All you need is twine, old fabric and a potato.
Rust & Sunshine kept little Abe occupied with just an empty toilet paper roll, tape and red paint to create a set of beautiful heart-stamped Valentine’s Day cards.
Show your kids how to write secret love notes (telling you what an amazing parent you are?!) by scrawling a message with a white crayon on white paper hearts. When it’s time to reveal the message, simply paint over with watercolors.
If you’ve got some Fruit Roll Ups in the cupboard, make them into circles with a cookie cutter and then fold in half. Slip in a note (tip: use parchment paper not plain paper) and pull ends backwards to make your own fortune cookies.
Mix up your own non-toxic paint using red food coloring and cornstarch and get creative with hands and feet to make hearts, lady bugs and (our favorite!) a love lobster.
A few weeks ago, the girls at DwellWell NYC gave us some advice on using jam jars as cute storage solutions. Now we’ve discovered yet another use: personalized snow globes. We love these mason jar versions but you’ll need some glycerin to hand if you really want to shake that jar!