Vintage Valentine’s Day Craft
Valentine’s Day crafts are perfect for your whole community - from children to retirement age adults. The holiday projects are also easy to tailor to everyone’s tastes. This ensures that your craft is one that all ages will enjoy.
One way to keep everyone entertained is to incorporate vintage Valentine designs, clipart, and other unique elements in your projects. Vintage valentines are known for offering clever rhymes and messages, while also adding an element of nostalgia. You can use them as stand-alone cards, or mix vintage elements with modern embellishments like glitter glue and pretty scrapbook papers.
You can easily find pre-made vintage valentines online to use as templates. You can also search Pinterest for relevant vintage valentine images and ideas.
Consider pre-printing out vintage children’s valentines designs for residents to glue to cardstock and embellish with stickers, glitter, or and personalized messages. Dover even offers book and CD-ROM with digital clip art designs that you can print out for your residents to use on their handcrafted cards!
The website Vintage Holiday Crafts also has a fantastic collection of vintage Valentine elements including cherubs, hearts, roses, and Victorian designs.
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***TIP*** To round out your vintage Valentine-making stations, consider purchasing a sample pack of patterned valentines-themed scrapbooking supplies, stickers, and tapes from your local craft store. Have lace and paper doilies on hand as well. These extra supplies will help your resident’s add a three-dimensional collage feel to their finished cards.
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***TIP*** If you have a family-oriented resident community with lots of kids, make sure you keep the activities tailored to the abilities of the children. Ensure card craft is quick and easy for little hands: keep elements simple to put together and offer glue sticks for easy assembly.
***BONUS*** Organizing a making your own valentine craft with predominantly pink and red crafting supplies is one way to keep residents entertained, but you can also offer outside-the-box alternatives, colors, and supplies that will help your residents make truly unique card designs.