Updated January 21, 2024
Are you looking for an adorable Handprint Valentine’s Day craft for kids?
We’ve got an adorable Valentine’s Day Handprint Snowy Owl Craft for toddlers and preschoolers!
My kids loved making this!
Even though I forgot to cut out and give them the feet for their owls until we were all done!
I love doing handprint crafts with kids.
It is a snapshot in time and I love looking back on how their little hands have grown over the years.
Whoo’s Ready for Valentine’s Day? Snowy Owl Craft for Kids
This Valentine’s Day, let’s create something ‘owl-some’ together!
Our Snowy Owl Valentine’s Craft is perfect for little hands and big hearts.
With a free printable template and easy-to-find materials, you and your little ones can bring these adorable owls to life.
What You’ll Need:
- Free snowy owl template (downloadable from the blog)
- White cardstock (for printing the template)
- Cotton balls (for that snowy feather effect)
- Colored cardstock or construction paper (for the heart shapes)
- Scissors (safety scissors for the kiddos!)
- Googly eyes for a touch of whimsy
- Optional: Crayons or markers for extra decoration
Crafting Your Snowy Owl with Handprint Wings:
1. Prepare the Template:
Download our snowy owl template from the blog and print it onto white cardstock.
2. Cutting and Shaping:
Carefully cut out the template pieces with your little ones.
Those little hands might need a bit of help with the scissors!
3. Creating the Wings:
Trace your child’s hand on colored cardstock or construction paper to create the wings.
Each handprint will form one wing, so you’ll need two per owl.
4. Assembling the Owl:
Start by gluing the cotton balls onto the owl’s body to give it a fluffy, snowy look.
This is where your child can dive into sensory play and enjoy the softness of the cotton.
I did not add feathers to the body, but when my kids made theirs they did and it looks so cute covered in cotton balls!
When I created the sample I only covered the wings.
5. Adding the Heart and Beak: Cut out a colored cardstock heart for the owl’s tummy and a smaller yellow or orange heart for its beak.
6. Attaching the Handprint Wings: Glue the handprint wings on either side of the owl’s body, fingers pointing outwards to mimic feathers.
7. Googly Eyes for Personality: Stick on googly eyes above the beak to bring your owl to life.
8. Extra Touches: Use crayons or markers if your child wants to add some extra color or designs to their owl.
9. Final Flair: Once everything’s in place, let your owl dry completely before it takes flight around the house or into the hands of a Valentine!
Customization Ideas for Your Snowy Owl Craft
Who’s ready to put a personal twist on our feathery friends?
Whether you’re crafting with a classroom full of eager kiddos or spending some quality time at home, here are some fabulously fun ways to make each snowy owl as unique as a snowflake!
- Color Their World:
Sure, we love our snowy owls white, but who says we can’t mix it up?
Grab those colorful sheets of paper and let the kids decide what magical colors their owls should be.
Neon pink? You got it!
Rainbow wings? Why not!
They can also color their owl before or after they assemble it!
- Glitter Galore:
For those who love a bit of sparkle, a sprinkle of glitter can make your owls shine bright.
A dab of glue, a dash of glitter, and voila – your craft just went from wow to WOW!
- Pattern Play:
Stripes, polka dots, or stars? Use patterned paper for the wings or draw designs with markers.
It’s a great way for older children to express their creativity and practice their design skills.
- Wise Accessories:
Does your owl wear glasses? Does it have a bowtie or a cute hat?
Let the imagination soar and accessorize your owl with cut-out paper glasses, a drawn-on scarf, or whatever tickles your fancy.
- Feathery Fun:
If you want to skip the cotton balls, try feathers for a more realistic texture.
You can find craft feathers in all sorts of colors at your local craft store.
- A Message of Love:
Have the kids write a special Valentine’s Day message on the back.
It’s a heartfelt way to spread love and joy to friends and family.
Additional Crafting Adventures!
Finished with your adorable snowy owls and looking for more creative fun? Keep those crafty vibes flowing with these related projects that are perfect for a full day of artistic exploration:
- Heart-filled Animals: Check out our collection of heart-themed animal crafts. From love-struck penguins to cuddly cats with hearts, we’ve got a whole zoo waiting for you to color, cut, and create!
- DIY Valentine’s Cards: Why buy when you can DIY? Check out our easy-peasy homemade Valentine’s card ideas that kids can make and personalize for friends and family. Stickers, stamps, and lots of love – that’s what our card-making station is all about!
- Paper Flower Bouquets: Step into spring early and craft a bouquet of paper flowers. They’re perfect for decorating your space or gifting to someone special.
- Pom-Pom Love Bugs: Get ready to fall in love with these fuzzy little critters. Our pom-pom love bugs are not only cute but also a blast to make. Pom-poms, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners transform into the cutest bugs you’ve ever seen.
- Homemade Playdough Hearts: Keep those little hands busy with our homemade playdough recipe. Once you’ve whipped up a batch, use heart-shaped cookie cutters to create playdough hearts that are perfect for pretend play or even as cute paperweights!
Don’t forget to share your masterpieces with us by tagging our blog on social media or sending us a message.
We love seeing the creativity of our crafty community!
Happy crafting, everyone!