Robot Valentine Craft

It is always challenging to try to find crafts for boys. Especially kid Valentine crafts! Honestly, it is not an easy task. I couldn’t really find what I was looking for so I decided to make one instead.

I like crafting, though I don’t get the time to do it too often anymore. I did, however, find a bit of time to make this Robot Valentine Craft for Boys.

I have a website about raising boys who love to learn and I share activities for boys that are fun and include a learning twist to them.

Use this robot as a guide, but let your boy make the decisions on how his robot should look and what shapes he would like to use to decorate the control panel (that is the best part!)

This cute robot is fun to make and your kids will learn about shapes while making him.

Learn shapes with this easy to make Robot Valentine Craft

Activities for Boys: Robot Valentine Craft:

It looks like there are a lot of directions here but this is super easy to make.

You will need:

  • Cardstock (65# works best)
  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 Pipe Cleaner (Chenille Stem)
  • Construction Paper in various colors
  • Scotch Tape
  • A Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • paper punch

You can make your robot whatever size you like. Ours is around 22 inches long and was made to hang on the wall. With younger boys I like to work big as it is easier for their little hands to position bigger pieces.

I will give you approximate dimensions of the pieces we used to make our robot. Use the picture as a guide to make a robot your little guy would enjoy.

Valentine's Day Robot Craft

Robot Body:

  • Cardstock Square. 7 ½ X 7 ½ inches.  Cover in aluminum foil. I laid the square on a larger square (9-10 inch) of aluminum foil, folded it over and glued the foil to the back of the cardstock.
  • 3 X 1 inch small rectangle for the neck. Cover in aluminum foil.
  • 2 – 7 inch X 1 ¾ inch legs. Cover in aluminum foil.

Robot Head:

  • 4 ½ inch square of colored construction paper for the head (we used blue.)
  • 2 – 1 inch squares for the eyes (we used yellow.)
  • 1 ½ inch triangle for the mouth (we used green) Have your boy cut a square in half to make the triangle.
  • 3 ½ inch piece of pipe cleaner (we used green.)
  • 1 ¼ inch colored construction paper circle (we used orange.)

Zig-Zag Arms:

  • 8-9 inch long colored construction paper arms (we used orange.)
  • Make the arms zigzag by folding them back and forth. This is what makes the heart stand out from the body.

Hearts and Control Panel:

  • 3 inch red construction paper heart and 2 – small hearts for the feet.
  • 6 X 6 inch colored construction paper square for the control panel (we used green.)
  • 4 red dots that I used a paper punch to make and used for the rivets on the robot.
  • Various colored construction paper shapes for decorating the control panel.

Robot Craft directions

Most of the construction is pretty self-explanatory, just attach the pieces as shown in the photos, but I will share a few tips to make things go easier.

I used glue and tape to attach the body parts together so it would hold better.

Tape the pipe cleaner to the back of the head and tape the circle to the pipe cleaner. Using glue doesn’t work well.

Gluing on aluminum foil works just fine but can be a little slippery. One thing you should do is put the piece on, press straight down and let it sit for a bit without moving it.

Attaching the arms:  I taped and glued the arms to the back of the robot (see arrow in image above) and then wrapped them to the front and glued down one zigzag to the front of the robot. This is what makes the arms stand up nicely. You then connect the arms together in the center and attach the heart in the middle. It stands out and is bouncy. Cute!

Learn your shapes with this fun robot craft

You can talk about the shapes as you are making this together if you like. I would mention in passing that I am adding squares for the eyes but I never “taught” shapes as it is something kids are naturally drawn to and they tend to learn most of them on their own.

I hope you enjoy making some fun robots.

If you are interested in more Valentine posts try these:

I have some DIY and Printable Valentines for Boys on Brain Power Boy.

Crystal shared this 12 Kid Valentine Crafts post that has a lot of neat ideas.

If your boy likes to read, don’t miss Funny Valentine Books for Boys.

and Crystal has a whole bunch of other Valentine Crafts on her site as well.

12 Kid Valentine Crafts

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Are you looking for kid Valentine crafts that you and your little one can create together? I have a list of 12 ideas.

Many of these have crafts include a free printable which make for perfect Valentine card exchange ideas at school and preschool. These are adorable for homeschool Valentine parties too!12 AMAZING Kid Valentine Crafts

12 Kid Valentine Crafts

  1. Heart Crayon Valentines- this free printable makes the cutest valentine goodie for classmates.
  2. Blow Me Away Bubbles Printable- what child does not love bubbles? These are perfect preschool Valentines!
  3. Valentine Mailboxes for Kids- these are so precious and you will have fun creating them together.
  4. I am a Sucker for You- add a dum-dum sucker and you have the cutest Valentine card.
  5. Heart Shaped Soap- use this easy tutorial to make heart shaped soap for your Valentine. Free printable for gift giving too!
  6. Cupid Poo- get Valentine colored M&M’s for this fun Valentine craft.
  7. Valentine Spa Sock Cupcakes- these make the perfect teacher gift.
  8. Valentine Marshmallow Pops- what kids does not love marshmallows? Have fun creating these pops together.
  9. Valentine Bark- make this delicious pink and milk chocolate bark and decorate it with candy heart. Then, use the printable to give it as gifts.
  10. Valentine Popcorn- melt pink candy wafers to drizzle over popcorn for a fun treat. This is perfect for snacks, school parties and gifts!
  11. Mod Podge Vase- give your teacher or special love flowers in a homemade crafted vase. Kids will love helping you create this.
  12. Decorate with Heart Candy- this simple craft makes the perfect center piece for your Valentine party or dinner table.

Valentine Dessert Recipe

strawberry refrigerator cake

On the hunt for the perfect Valentine dessert idea? This Strawberry Refrigerator Cake has gone viral on Facebook and has been viewed 27,000 times TODAY alone!! This is a must have sweet treat for your Valentine dinner!

25 AMAZING Kid Valentine Crafts

I don’t know about your kids, but my children love to do arts and crafts. I doesn’t hurt that we homeschool, so we are home all day and always looking for more fun activities to create during the day.

If you are on the hunt for kid Valentine crafts, we have pulled together another collection of 25 amazing ideas!

25AMAZING  valentine crafts for kids

While you’re here, check out all of my Valentine crafts. We have tons of things to keep you and your little one busy.And, what I love about this collection is it’s great for many different ages and an excellent way to spend time together as a family.

paper valentine craft

25 {{More}} Kid Valentine Crafts

1. Baby Footprint Heart from Jany Claire
2. Love Bugs from Little Family Fun
3. Sweetie Glasses from Mom Tried It
4. Valentine Heart Leis from MAKE
5. Valentines Dump Truck from No Time For Flash Cards
6. Toilet Paper Heart Stamping from In Lieu of Preschool
7. Valentine Bottle Basket from Ramblings of a Crazy Women
8. Valentines Love Cup from Easy Crafts for Kids
9. Cupid Arrows from Craftaholics Anonymous
10. Heart Cone Tree from I Gotta Create!
11. Shaving Cream Marbled Hearts from The Chocolate Muffin Tree
12. Valentine Treasure Rocks from Growing a Jeweled Rose
13. Valentine Scratch Heart from Putti’s World
14. Plastic Bottle Vases from Hands on as We Grow
15. Puffy Hearts from Scrumdilly-Do!
16. Black Glue Hearts from Mess for Less
17. Valentine Pets from Learn Create Love
18. Message in a Bottle from FSPDT
19. Crayon Heart Valentines Cards from Endless Acres Farmtiques
20. Valentines Countdown from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
21. Love Bug Valentine Cards from Mom on Timeout
22. Handprint Cards from Rosy~Posy
23. Kiss Me Treat from Kids Activities Blog
24. Valentine Sensory Bin from 3 Boys and a Dog
25. Handprint Craft from LaughPaintCreate

Which valentine crafts are you most excited to create with your kiddos this year?

Printable Valentine Cards for Kids: I am a Sucker for You

Have you seen all of the printable Valentine cards for kids we have here on Crystal & Co.? They are perfect for helping you celebrate a class party or Valentine’s Day with friends, neighbors and family!

Many of my crafts include free printables that make awesome goodies!

Today’s printable goes perfect with a Dum Dum sucker. The message is perfect- I am a Sucker for You!

printable valentine cards for kids: I am a sucker for you

These are perfect for your kiddos to hand out at school. I just adore them!

You Will Need:

  • Sucker for You Free Printable  <<—— click to print
  • card stock
  • craft knife
  • paper-cutter or scissors
  • marker for filling out the to and from
  • dum-dum suckers

Print out your free printable.

Kelli from 3 Boys and a Dog makes all of my printables. She does awesome and affordable design work.

There are four cards on a page. Cut them out using a paper-cutter or scissors.

valentine crafts for kids

 

Fill in the from and to area of the cards.

Aren’t these adorable?

I love that we have two different designs on one sheet, don’t you?

free printable

Gather your suckers.

dum dum sucker valentine printable

Using a craft knife to cut  slits where the white lines are on the big heart.

printable valentine cards

Feed the sucker stick through the slits.

valentine printable

printable valentine day cards for kids

And you’re done!

I heart Valentine’s Day!

More Valentine Crafts:

Olaf From Frozen Christmas Craft

We are in love with Olaf from Frozen. He is just the cutest little snowman.

I am going to show you how you can make this fun Olaf craft that is perfect for Christmas. It can go on your mantle, on a shelf, or work it into any of your Christmas decor.

You will not believe what I made this out of.

Wait for it….

It is a re-purposed coffee creamer container!

Let me show you how I did this.

olaf christmas craft

Right now you likely have an almost empty container of International Delight’s Frosted Sugar Cookie coffee creamer.

Oh my word, have you tried this in your coffee?

FROSTED SUGAR COOKIE.

Get some! Perfect for your breakfast coffee.

Now for he craft….

Do you want to build a snowman? (Sorry, I could not help it,)

Let’s watch it transform!

international delight sugar cookie coffee creamer

Supplies:

 

    • 1 empty International Delight Coffee Creamer container

 

 

 

    • scissors

 

    • orange, white and black felt

 

    • 2 black pipe cleaners

 

    • 2 small sticks from your yard

 

 

 

Remove the wrapper from the coffee creamer.

Spray paint the entire container white, including the lid.

Once dry, add a coat of the glitter blast spray over the white spray paint.

Let it dry 100%. You will have a sparkly snowman!

Meanwhile, take a sheet of orange felt.

Cut a triangle with the felt.

Follow the images below to create a nose for Olaf.

Notice in picture one, the bottom of the triangle is cut flat.

Use hot glue to seal the cone shape and stuff with Poli-Fil.

Set it aside.

how to make a nose for olaf from frozen

Use black felt and cut out two circles that are one and a half inches in diameter.

Next, cut out two white circles that are one and a forth inches in diameter.

Then cut out five more black circles that are three fourths of an inch in diameter. Two will be for eyes and three of them will be for the snowman buttons.

Cut out two arched eyebrows out of the black felt. Super easy.

felt to make an olaf craft

Hot glue the eyes in layers to the dry coffee creamer container.

Glue on the nose and eyebrows.

Glue on the black circles that are buttons.

One at a time, glue on the sticks for arms. You will have to hold them in place while the hot glue dries.

olaf from frozen

Use the two pipe cleaners and cut them down to make three pieces of Olaf hair.

One hair is taller than the other two.

Hot glue them on the back of the coffee creamer cap.

olaf frozen christmas craft

And there you have it. Olaf from Frozen as a Christmas decoration.

Perfect decor for your cookie party too!

olaf from frozen craft

How have you re-purposed a coffee creamer container and made it into something awesome?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

No Sew Teenage Ninja Turtle Costume

I am going to show you how to make this super simple, no sew, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume in less than half an hour.

Who knew that you can take an aluminum roasting pan and turn it into a turtle costume?!

Let me show you how quickly this comes together.

I am serious when I tell you that you can create anything with felt and a hot glue gun!

While you’re here make sure you check out my 31 days of easy DIY Halloween costumes from other bloggers all over the internet.

teenage ninja turtle costume

Supplies:

Take green and brown spray paint and paint the outside of the roasting pan.

Interchange the colors to make it look camo-like if you want. That is what we did.

Let it dry 100%.

use a roasting pan to make a teenage turtle costume

Once it is dry, use a couple of pieces of felt and hot glue to make a holder on the back of the pan for a sword.

how to make a turtle costume with a roasting pan

Use an xacto knife to cut slits in the side of the pan to run the ribbon through as shown below.

roasting pan

 

Now you will be able to place the pan on the child’s back and tie the ribbon in the front.

Use velcro and to connect the shirt and the frying pan just for extra hold.

 

teenage mutant ninja turtle costumes

Cut out the piece of yellow felt in an rectangle-oval shape.

Place it on top of the shirt and start to hot glue the felt edges down into place on the shirt.

This will serve as the belly of the turtle.

Leave one small section open so you can fill this felt area up with Poli-Fil, which is like pillow stuffing.

Then use the hot glue gun to seal the felt up.

Use the marker to draw lines on the felt that resemble the belly of the turtle. You can see how we did this below.

Next. cut a 2 inch circle out of black felt.

Hot glue it onto the yellow felt.

Use white felt to cut out the first initial of your child’s name.

Hot glue the letter onto the black circle.

Outline it with puffy paint if you want. This is totally optional.

teenage mutant ninja turtle costumes

Grab the foam mask.

Spray paint it whatever color you want it. We did green.

Whatever color you spray paint it, hot glue felt strips to the sides of it so you can give the mask the tied look for the costume.

Gran your shreds of fabric, we cut up green fabric squares from the craft store, and cut them into strips. These can be tied on the pant legs of your child.

teenage mutant ninja turtle costume

And now your little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is ready to trick or treat!

how to make a homemade teenage turtle costume

When was the last time you made a homemade Halloween costume? We had so much fun this week making costumes. I have more to share over the next few days!

While you’re here, make sure you check out my Olaf costume that you can make for $10 and my Homemade Lego costume you can make for free!

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Check out our video below to see all 8 of the awesome costumes that were all created for $20 or less!

Easy Olaf Costume on a Budget

The Dinsey movie Frozen is one that  kids love right now. If you’re looking for easy DIY Halloween costumes this year, I have a tutorial that can make this idea come together in a flash for you.

It is so fun to make your own, but it defeats the purpose if you over-spend.

Let me show you how to make an Olaf costume on a budget. This tutorial will cost about $10!

This is a great dress up costume for any time of year, once Halloween is over. My kids love to use their imagination and do dramatic play all year long!

how to make an olaf costume on a budget

Supplies:

Check your local craft store for these supplies. The hat and felt will be much cheaper there than ordering it online.

This time of year you can usually find felt on sale for 5 sheets for $1.

The hat is the main part of the costume and it is super easy to assemble.

For the eyes, cut out two, 2 inch, circles from the black felt.

Then, cut out two, 1 and 3/4 inch, circles from the white felt.

Finally, cut out two, 1 1/2 inch, circles from the black felt.

Using hot glue, glue the larger black circles onto the hat for the eyes. On top of that, glue the white circles and then on top of the white circles glue the smaller black circles.

Using the black felt, cut out two thick, arched eyebrows. Glue the eyebrows above the eyes.

Take some orange felt and cut out a large triangle. The larger the triangle the larger the Olaf nose will be.

Roll the felt to make a cone. Seal the edge with hot glue.

Stuff the inside of the cone with Poli-Fil. Use hot glue to attach it to the hat.

Finally, take three stems of black or brown pipe cleaners. Cut a small slit in the top of the hat. Feed the pipe cleaners up through the slit. Hot glue the ends to the inside of the hat. Shape the three pipe cleaners to look like sprigs of Olaf hair that are coming out the top of the hat. I left the middle pipe cleaner longer in length and cut the two end pipe cleaners to be a bit shorter.

Finally, cut  a 3 and 1/2 inch piece of white felt into a rectangle for the teeth. Cut a vertical slit in the middle of the rectangle so the felt will resemble teeth. Hot glue this to the brim of the hat.

homemade olaf costume

Cut out three more 2 inch circles from the black felt.

Hot glue them to the white shirt as shown below.

Pair this with some black sweatpants or jeans and you have a DIY Olaf costume on a budget!

use felt to make a homemade olaf costume

My little Matthew had so much fun with this costume earlier this week when we were invited to Good Morning Texas to share easy DIY Halloween costumes on a budget in a fun segment.

This is such an affordable way to create a trendy costume that all of the kids will love.

DIY Olaf Costume for Kids

And remember, this is something they can dress up in all year long as they pretend play and use their imagination!

This is super simple and literally takes about 15-20 minutes to makes!

olaf halloween costume

Make sure you check out my Homemade Lego Costume that you can make for next to nothing. All you need is a big box.

Are you making homemade Halloween costumes this year? I would love to know what you’re creating!

8 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes on a Budget

Oh, and check out our fun segment on the local morning show. We shared 8 easy costumes you can make for no more than $20 each (some for free)!

Homemade Lego Costume

Are you making Halloween costumes at home this year? Don’t you miss doing this as a kid? I remember my mother making ours for many years of our childhood.

I have the simplest tutorial  for making a homemade Lego costume.  This literally can be made in about 30 minutes and costs next to nothing.

I am not sure if you remember or not, but last year we shared 31 days of easy DIY Halloween costumes from other bloggers all over the internet. It was such a fun way to share simple costume ideas with other moms. Ever since then I have wanted to make a Lego costume for my boys.

Let me show you how simple this was.

homemade lego costume

(I do not have pictures of us making this during the process because we did it in a hurry after getting an invite to a local morning show segment to talk about DIY Halloween costumes. But this is an easy one. )

Supplies:

Take a regular large box (we used one that large air conditioning filters come on) and stand it up in a vertical position.

Cut the back off of the box with scissors  or an xacto knife.

Then cut a half moon shaped opening out of the top and bottom of the box as shown below so that the child has a place to step into the box.

diy lego costumes

 

Cut arm holes out of the box.

how to make a lego costume for halloween

 

 

At this point we applied a layer of red spray paint evenly over the box.

We (ok, my husband)  also lined up 8 clear disposable drinking cups. Spray paint them as well.

Once they are dry, cut them down to about 1/2 the size salvaging the bottom portion of each cup to glue onto the box.

Line the cups up and hot glue them, bottom end of the cup facing out, to the box. Do this in four rows of two cups.

Now, spray another even layer of paint onto the box and the cups for an even look.

diy lego costume

Let it dry 100% before letting a child use it.

lego costume

Your kiddo can easily step into the box and place his or her arms through the arm holes.

I had our son wear a red thermal shirt, since the Lego is red.

Black jeans and regular play shoes went along perfectly.

 

lego halloween costumes

 

This is how the costume looks from the back when the child is in the box.

make a lego halloween costume

This literally costs nothing to make.

It is super light and easy for your kiddo to wear.

how to make a lego costume

 

Did you see our DIY Olaf costume that you can make in 15-20 minutes for $10?

When was the last time you made a homemade Halloween costume? We had so much fun this week making costumes. I have more to share over the next few days!

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Check out our video below to see all 8 of the awesome costumes that were all created for $20 or less!

Free Halloween Silhouette Printables

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine.

Are you planning a Halloween party or a Fall Festival of some sort?

Do you need budget friendly decoration and party ideas? Dollar Tree’s Value Seekers Club and I have the perfect solution for you! on for you!

I am going to show you two ways to use the Value Seekers Club’s free silhouette printable. We are going to make spooky picture frames with them and we are going to decorate your Halloween party cups. (Perfect for classroom school parties too!)

free silhouette printables for halloween

Have you been to Dollar Tree lately? They have stocked up on Halloween decor and remember everything there is just $1.

For $2 you can make a picture frame AND 12 party cups. Let me show you how.

Supplies:

    • Value Seekers Club Scary Halloween Silhouette Printable
    • black picture frame ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
    • 12 pack of white party cups ($1 at Dollar Tree)
    • copy paper and printer
    • scissors
    • glue

Print out your favorite silhouette. The Value Seekers Club gives you three printable options – step one is to print out your favorite silhouette! You will see a witch, a spooky tree and a monster. We love the witch. My boys said it was super scary!

If you want to print all three grab three frames at Dollar Tree.

(Have you checked out The Value Seekers Club online? They have tons of cute projects and delicious recipes. All of them use supplies from Dollar Tree.)

dollar tree free printable for halloween

These make awesome mantle and tabletop decorations for you party or your holiday decor.

See that black crow? Another $1 decor idea at Dollar Tree. Go get one!

Scary Silhouettes Printables

Another fun party decor item…. the glittery skull.

It lights up and the eyes turn colors.

Again, just $1 at Dollar Tree.

dollar tree halloween decorations

Now let’s make the cups.

Just use the Value Seekers Club printable silhouettes and minimize them. You can do that by opening the link.

printable Silhouettes from dollar tree

How adorable is this?

Perfect for a spooky Halloween party!

DIY party cups for halloween

Look at how cool these are! I love that I can make 12 of them for $1!!

free printable Silhouette party cups

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Are you hosting a Halloween party or looking for affordable decorations?

Hop over and check out all of the Value Seekers Club ideas over on the Dollar Tree website.

Come back and leave a comment telling me what your favorite Halloween decor,recipe or craft idea is. Leave your email address in the comment too so I can get in touch with you if you win. This will enter you to win the contest. This contest will end Friday, October 24th at 11:59pm.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine.

DIY Chalk Paint Pencil Holder

If you are a coffee drinker what do you do with the creamer containers when you’re done with them? I have a couple of these containers in my refrigerator right now.

Instead of tossing them, have you ever considered repurposing them?

This Fall as you enjoy a homemade pumpkin spice coffee, save that container and let’s turn it into a pencil holder! And don’t be limited to just storing pencils in it. Make a couple. One for markers, one for map pencils, one for pens and on and on.

Being a homeschool family we have tons of supplies we can store in them! Let me show you how easy this is to create.

diy pencil holder

Supplies:

  • empty International Delight coffee creamer container
  • spray chalkboard paint
  • scissors
  • chalk

repurpose coffee cream container

Cut the top off the plastic coffee creamer container leaving about 3/4th of the container for storing items in.

plastic coffee creamer container

Grab your spray paint and evenly coat the plastic container with the paint.

Let it dry 100%.

If you need to speed up the drying process, you can use a hair dryer.

use chalkboard spray paint to paint the coffee creamer container

Once it is dry it will look like this.

I love the flat surface on the front of the container. It is perfect for writing on with chalk.

Unless, of course, you mess up when you’re writing and need to take a picture…. not that this is exactly what happened to me.

chalkboard spray paint

Add the markers or pens or pencils to the container.

diy pencil cup

Use your chalk to label the front.

We labeled this one for markers.

(Again, I would write on the other side where the container flattens out a bit. Just make sure your container is 100% dry before you write on it with chalk.)

diy marker storage

Look at how precious this is. And super easy to create.

Makes a perfect teacher’s gift, perfect for mom’s desk, homeschool table tops and more!

chalkboard paint

Have you ever repurposed a coffee creamer container?

What did you create?

chalk paint pencil holder

Have you tried the Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee creamer from International Delight?

It is perfect for crisp Fall mornings which have finally arrived in the Dallas area!

from this to this

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.