Book inspired Valentines Day crafts

With Valentines Day coming up we decided to get crafty and some of our favourite books provided us with inspiration. We didn’t need to buy anything new for these crafts, we already had everything we needed at home – biscuit cutters make great heart templates!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar bookmark

Hungry Caterpillar bookmarks - Story SnugWe used craft foam (you could also use thick card), pipe cleaners and wiggly eyes. We stamped heart shaped biscuit cutters into the foam to make eight hearts then cut the hearts out (you could also draw round them but the stamping was fun!). We stuck them together in a line before flipping the book mark over to stick a larger heart on as a head. We made the antennae by sticking smaller hearts onto short pipe cleaners. Wiggly eyes and glitter glue completed the face. We had so much fun with this one that we made The Very Hungry Caterpillar a girlfriend!


The Day the Crayons Quit / Bunny Loves to Write pencil tin

Pencil Tin Story SnugWe thought that the unloved, neglected and warring crayons in The Day the Crayons Quit would appreciate a new pencil tin. We covered a tin with a double thickness of fabric, folded the excess over the top, glued it with a clear craft glue then did the same with the base. We stuck a card circle onto the base to hide the fabric edges. Then it was time to decorate. We found ribbon and buttons in our sewing box and felt hearts in the sticker box. My daughter decided where she wanted to stick everything and I helped her glue everything on. We finished with a ribbon around the top edge. This would also be a great Valentines Day present for Buster in Bunny Loves to Write.


Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Valentines Day biscuits

Heart biscuits Story Snug

Robber dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam inspired us to make Valentines Day biscuits. We made dough (200g flour, 125g butter, 1 egg yolk, 1 packet vanilla sugar and 50g sugar) then cut out circles and hearts. My daughter enjoyed cutting the smaller shapes out of the middle of the bigger shapes. We baked them (8 minutes at 200 degrees) and once they were cool we sandwiched them together with cherry jam. Our own Valentines Day jammy dodgers!


Ella ladybird headband

Ella headband Story SnugElla inspired us to make our own ladybird Valentines Day headband. We used red card for the headband then added a black semicircular face with wiggly eyes. We cut out black hearts for the spots, large pink heart wings and used small pink hearts and pipe cleaners for the antennae.


Owl BabiesThe Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark placemat

Owl placemat - Story SnugWe were originally going to make Sarah, Percy and Bill from Owl Babies but then my daughter decided she wanted to make Plop from The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark as he eats a lot in the story! I made some heart templates then we cut them out. First we gave Plop a branch then stuck the hearts together in an owl shape. A (very!) starry sky completed the picture which we laminated to use as a placemat.


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52 thoughts on “Book inspired Valentines Day crafts

  1. Wow, these are fantastic! What a perfect addition to a book gift for Valentine’s Day / International Book Giving Day ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the post and for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    • That was the idea, to combine books for International Book Giving Day with Valentines Day presents. We’re giving The Very Hungry Caterpillar bookmarks away some of our book gifts this year.

  2. Grace says – These are so brilliant. I have to say that the Ladybird headband is my favourite as I love the colour red. Awesome! Thanks for linking to #minicreations

    • Thank you! The ladybird headband is cute. We’ve paired it with a red cardigan covered in black felt spots and a pair of wings – easy fancy dress costume ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wow these are so clever! My kids love all of these books. Since Valentineโ€™s Day falls on a Sunday this year, we are trying to find fun things to do with the kids in the house. These are some great ideas!

  4. Oh no! I think my comment disappeared! Oh well if it did, I was saying that these are such clever ideas. Weโ€™ve been looking for some Valentineโ€™s Day crafts.

  5. Such fun crafting ideas. I do like a good book craft. The caterpillar bookmarks are a good way to show them how the bodies are segmented. My children loved both of the owl books you mention. They are good books. I like the look of your valentine biscuits. I might make some later! #mmbc

    • A lot of our crafts were inspired by books even if it was just drawing pictures after we’d read the stories. Our favourites were the baking activities ๐Ÿ™‚

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