Valentine’s Day Fun – Without Food

in Food Allergy
Published: February 8, 2013

For food-allergic kids, Valentine’s can feel like a minefield of forbidden chocolate. But now they can get their hearts into the day too – with Allergic Living’s creative crafts.

Is Valentine’s Day is all about chocolates and candy? No! Valentine’s Day is about expressing your affection for others. What better way that to create something far more personal than a store-bought goodie?

Just let your imagination go. So gather up those craft supplies, like ribbons and wadded up tissue paper, and pull out your cookie cutters. There’s no telling what you might make.

My daughter and I spent a wonderful few hours creating the following. We hope they will inspire your own creations.

Heart-Shaped Crayons

– wax crayons
– muffin tin or silicone pan

  • Preheat the oven to 270° F
  • Break up crayons into small pieces about ½-inch in length or smaller and place pieces in a heart-shaped muffin tin or silicone pan.
  • Put the tin into the oven for 7-8 minutes until the wax has melted. Be careful!
  • Remove and let cool completely before taking the crayon hearts out of the pan.

Tip: If you use bright-colored crayons, you will end up with sensational-looking hearts to give to friends.

Heart People

– scissors
– heart-shaped cookie cutters
– glue
– craft foam
– 8 ½ x 11-inch paper
– googly eyes

  • Using various sizes of cookie cutters, create your people by cutting several different sized hearts out of craft foam. Glue a medium-sized one onto a larger one to create a frame effect.
  • To create the arms and legs, cut 8 strips of 8 ½ x 11-inch paper lengthwise. You’ll need two strips per arm or leg.
  • Apply glue to a small section of the end of one strip of paper and attach another strip in a right angle position to form an “L” shape. Fold the first strip over the second; the second over the first and so on so that you end up with a stack of accordion-like squares.
  • Finish each of the arms and legs by gluing a small heart-shaped foam piece to the bottom.
  • Add glue to the top of 2 legs and attach them to the bottom of the heart. Do the same for the arms, attaching them to the towards the middle of the heart.
  • Googly eyes and a smile complete the look.


Love Bug

– glue
– toilet paper tube
– red or pink tissue paper
– googly eyes
– craft foam
– party picks
– paper (for banner)

  • Cover a toilet paper tube with red or pink tissue paper. Now glue on some googly eyes.
  • Use craft foam to create wings that can be glued onto the back of the roll.
  • Antennae can be made from party picks.
  • Add a banner with a sweet or funny Valentine’s message.


Tissue Paper Heart

– scissors
– heart-shaped cookie cutter
– white glue
– pencil
– cardstock paper
– tissue paper (various colors)

  • Trace around a heart-shaped cookie cutter on cardstock paper and then cut out the heart.
  • Get tissue paper of various colors and cut into 1-inch squares.
  • Now place the point of a pencil into the center of your first tissue paper square and twist the tissue paper around it. Dip the point of the tissue paper/pencil into some white glue and press it gently onto the cardstock heart.
  • Remove the pencil and repeat until the entire shape is covered with tissue.

Next: More great craft ideas