Every time my 5-year-old granddaughter comes to spend the day with me she asks if I have a craft for us to do. This week I was looking for something the kids could do as a Valentine craft and stumbled upon this one at Everything Preschool.
Supplies you will need:
- an old piece of clothing with a pocket
- fabric glue
- items to decorate your pocket:
- silk flowers
- glitter glue
- etc., etc
- Hershey Kisses
Cut the pocket out of the shirt, making sure to cut around the seam or stitching so that the pocket stays intact.
Iron the pocket flat.
Selecting their decorations
Encourage your child/grandchild to decorate their pocket in any way they desire and then watch them create!
Maggie carefully decorating her pocket.
Jacob adding generous amounts of glitter glue.
Zellene showing her unhappiness about sticky glue on her fingers!
Cut a piece of ribbon or lace and help the children to attach it to the two top corners of their pocket with the fabric glue. Use clothes pins to hold it securely until it dries.
The back of the pockets showing the ribbon attached.
Place some Valentine candy in the completed pocket. We chose Hershey Kisses and bite size Hershey Peanut Butter cups.
Adding candy to the pockets.
Optional: Use a hot glue gun to secure the ribbon to the pocket. (This should only be done by an adult, due to the high temp of the glue gun.) I chose to do this because I wanted a strong, quick drying glue to hold it tightly. I cut the ribbon then turned up the end, securing it with the glue gun. I then glued the ribbon, again with the glue gun, to each side of the back of the pocket. I also checked the buttons and glitter the grandkids had applied and if needed gave them a dab of hot glue to hold them securely!
As we were getting ready to take the kids home today, Maggie stated “I liked this craft Grandma”. I think one of the things she really enjoyed was being able to decorate her pocket in any way she chose. And in typical fashion, Maggie’s was a labor of love and Jacob’s was just “git ‘er done!” Such are the special differences between little boys and girls!
Pockets completed and stuffed to the brim….and happy children!
Download a printable of the instructions here! Pocket of Kisses printable