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Share the love

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for grownups – there’s more than enough love to go around. This Valentine’s Day craft for kids helps your budding Romeos and Juliets share in the love. It’s super easy to make – and guaranteed to put a twinkle (cough) in daddy’s eye. Onwards!

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All you need is love…and:

  • A paper towel roll
  • A paper cup
  • Clear plastic
  • Paint
  • Felt pens
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • Transparent tape

Shoot for the stars

Prepare your materials

Prepare your materials

Line them up as if they’re marching in a procession! (You don’t actually have to do this, just make sure you have everything ready).

Step 1

Step 1

Use your craft knife to cut the bottom out of a paper cup. Parents: watch out for little fingers. This bit’s for you! (Warning: the cup won’t be quite so beverage-ready afterwards.)

Step 2

Step 2

Stick the cup to the paper towel roll with a smidge of masking tape on the inside. Ta-da! You’ve got the structure of your telescope. Sing it with us: “When two become one…”

Step 3

Step 3

Paint the telescope a base color, inside and out. We went for the most romantic of colors, ‘galactic black’. But feel free to experiment.

Step 4

Step 4

Time to prepare the lens. Using the end of your telescope as a guide, cut a circle out of the clear plastic sheet. Trim a tiny bit off the edge of the circle so it’s slightly smaller than the end of the telescope. (It needs to fit snugly inside – think of the telescope as the big spoon and the clear plastic as the little spoon.)

Step 5

Step 5

Now it’s time for your young Shakespeareans to write their miniature star-crossed love note on the clear plastic circle.

Step 6

Step 6

Put little bits of transparent tape on the sides of the clear plastic and stick it to the cup end of the telescope. Make sure the side with writing on is facing the eyepiece so it’ll be the right way round when the target of their affections looks down the telescope. (‘yddad uoy evol I’ doesn’t have quite the same effect.)

Step 7

Step 7

Use the pens to give your telescope a final flourish. Top tip: add four gold rings with metallic paint to make it look extra professional.

Step 8

Step 8

It’s time to give daddy (or mommy, grandma – whoever the lucky person is) an astronomical surprise. Hand the telescope over and ask him to look through the eyepiece. Cue much swooning and gooey-eyed gazes. And maybe watery eyes.

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