We've been doing Valentine crafts since mid-January. We found some Valentine books at the library and got an early start.
First I took old Valentine's cards that we've been sent over the years and DD colored them and stuffed them into envelopes, then gave one to Daddy. She loves the concept of mail, so anything in an envelope is just thrilling to her.
Then we colored wax paper and cut out hearts to make sun catchers
. This didn't work very well because the wax paper is so slippery that it gathers up while you're coloring and rips. We managed to salvage enough for a few decorations though.
I also used old Christmas card envelopes to cut out symmetrical shapes. This turned out really cool because the side with the flap ended up having two smaller shapes that you could tape together (or use the envelope's seal) to make even cooler designs than you originally intended. We added these to the window.
Finally, with so many shapes on the window we had to put the rest somewhere, so I clipped them to her artwork line to make a garland.
We also did some glittery heart cutouts.
I read that St. Valentine was loved by children and they wrote him letters and brought him treats to show their love to him. Also, young adults would put their names in a jar to draw out the name of their sweetheart, which may be where the tradition of paper Valentines came from. I think Valentine's is just another way to celebrate love and winter, regardless of its origins.