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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 Snug

We 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

We 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.

Pencil Tin Story Snug

This would also be a great Valentines Day present for Buster in Bunny Loves to Write.

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Valentines Day biscuits

Robber dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam inspired us to make Valentines Day biscuits.

Heart biscuits Story Snug

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 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.

Ella headband Story Snug

Owl BabiesThe Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark placemat

We 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!

Owl placemat - Story Snug

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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38 responses to “Book inspired Valentines Day crafts”


  1. Stacey Guilliatt avatar

    Fab craft ideas here, love the caterpillar ones! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      The caterpillars are really easy to make, they’re breeding around here 😉 !


  2. Samantha @ Stir the Wonder avatar

    I love crafts that go with books! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you’ll join us again next week!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Often books stimulate my daughter’s imagination. She’s just made a house for Teddy Robinson after she received the book on International Book Giving Day.


  3. AJ Irving avatar

    So much fun! I love all these craft ideas and so will my kiddos!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Have a great Valentines Day AJ 🙂


  4. Reshama avatar

    Cuteness galore! Valentine’s day crafts are the best! 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      Valentines Day crafts are fun to make, so full of love 🙂


  5. kidGLloves avatar

    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


    1. Catherine avatar

      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 🙂


  6. Sharon Powell avatar

    A lovely mixture of crafts and books. I also love the Hungry Caterpillar Bookmarks x


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! I was just thinking that maybe you could also make an Elmer one using rainbow coloured hearts and an elephant head 🙂


  7. Boo Roo and Tigger Too avatar

    Some wonderful craft and book suggestions, my son learned all about Owl Babies at pre-school last term he loved that book #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! Owl Babies is a classic 🙂


  8. Iona@redpeffer avatar

    I love your activities and Owl Babies is one of my absolute favourites-such a beautiful book 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      Owl Babies is a great story isn’t it. It’s the story that I recommend to parents whose children are suffering from separation anxiety.


  9. chantelle hazelden avatar

    Love the bookmark!!! Some fab activities thanks for sharing with #readwithme x


    1. Catherine avatar

      The bookmarks were really easy and fun to make 🙂


  10. Emma I My Book Corner avatar

    I am LOVING those Hungry Caterpillar bookmarks. So cute!
    #readwithme


    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      They do seem to be the favourite of all the crafts 🙂


  11. Stephanie avatar

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


    1. Catherine avatar

      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.


  12. Verily Victoria Vocalises avatar

    These are all brilliant ideas 🙂 I particularly love the caterpillar bookmarks – SO cute 🙂 Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you! The caterpillar bookmarks are so easy to make 🙂


  13. Tarana Khan avatar

    This is a good list, and very creative too! Sharing 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you Tarana 🙂


  14. Sarah James avatar

    I love your craft ideas, the Hungry Caterpillar bookmarks are my favourite. Thanks for sharing #MMWBH


    1. Catherine avatar

      We enjoyed making The Hungry Caterpillar bookmarks 🙂


  15. Louise avatar

    Brilliant crafts – I particularly love the hungry caterpillar bookmarks and the ladybird headband 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you Louise. The ladybird headband was fun to make, one day we’d like to make some other ‘bugbands’!


  16. Jamie avatar

    How adorable – it’s always great to see what each other has for the fun day!!



  17. L. E. Mastilock avatar

    love this! early literature woven into a fun valentine and art activity. Thanks for sharing on the Love to Learn hop


    1. Catherine avatar

      We enjoy combining books with crafts 🙂


  18. Karen Bell avatar

    Lots of fab craft ideas. I love those bookmarks! Great to bring books to life.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids


    1. Catherine avatar

      The bookmarks were really easy to make, we enjoyed making them.


  19. Eileen Teo avatar

    I love how you make reading book more interesting by making craft! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials


    1. Catherine avatar

      We have fun with the crafts and it’s great to have a story to inspire them.