Want to make a fun valentine’s crafts with your kids? Learn how to make this heart shaped dog valentine craft- it’s super simple and fun for toddlers or preschoolers to put together!

My youngest son loves to craft, but like many younger kids, his attention span doesn’t always match his imagination. 

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He will start a craft full of excitement, only to lose interest halfway through. 

This super cute heart-shaped valentine’s dog is simple and easy. And it’s quick to do before even the smallest attention span loses interest!

 

heart shaped dog valentine with brown paper heart dog with red heart tongue and black heart nose and ears

 

How to Make a Heart-Shaped Dog Valentine

 

Animals are one of my favorite ways to make Valentine’s, and here’s an easy heart shaped dog valentine that’s quick and easy to make!

Here’s the supplies you will need:

Depending on the age of the child you are working with, you may want to pre-cut the hearts out before you start- or let them get some cutting practice in!

 

red, brown, and black paper hearts for a dog valentine craft

 

From the construction paper, cut the following shapes out:

  • One large brown heart
  • One medium black heart- cut in half
  • One small black heart
  • One small red heart

Note: I recommend making the brown heart “fatter” and the black heart “taller”. It makes for a more dog-shaped face.

Now it’s time to assemble your dog-shaped valentine!

 

brown heart dog with black heart ear and nose with a red heart tongue

 

Start with the large brown heart. This is your head. Place it pointed side up on your work space. 

Next take the 2 halves of your medium black heart and glue them along the top of the brown heart. They should be situated with the cut side along the outside edge of the brown heart and pointed sides facing each other as shown in the pictures. 

These make your floppy ears!

Glue your small black heart, pointed side down,  at the bottom of your face. This is your nose. 

Finally, the red heart tongue. Glue the heart, pointed side up, onto the underside of the brown heart, just underneath the nose. 

 

brown heart dog with black heart ear and nose with a red heart tongue

 

Now all that’s left is the eyes! 

Attach your googly eyes in the center of the face between the ears and the nose. 

My son drew brown “spots” all over his dog once we were done with it- but that’s totally optional!

This is a super easy, paper heart animal that is perfect for younger kids to make!

 

Got extra paper? Here’s what to do:

I hate to see all of the paper scraps go to waste after making Valentine’s crafts (or any crafts!). Here’s some ideas on how to reduce the paper waste:

  • Use the scraps for cutting practice!
  • Fill up a scarp box- and be sure to check there before grabbing a new piece on your next project
  • Cut more hearts (or other shapes)! You never know when you might need paper shapes for a craft!

I love cutting a million hearts out of the paper scraps. I have a box full of shapes and hearts of all sizes in our craft cabinet.

It reduces waste and it also encourages my kids to use their own imaginations and come up with their own paper heart valentine creations!

 

More Valentine’s Fun:

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The Best Sugar Cookies (Great for Valentine’s Day decorating!)

6 Adorable Heart-Shaped Animal Crafts for Valentine’s Day

 

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