If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ll know that we love using old CDs for crafts. They can be used in so many ways and adds shine and sparkle to whatever it is. I have to say, though, this Valentine’s Day CD Snail Craft is one of my favorites!
Like our Love Bird CD Craft, our Valentine’s CD Snail Craft may be a bit slower but is also full of heart. And shine. And color, thanks to permanent markers. Make sure they’re permanent or else the color will settle into the cd and is more likely to smear. We used a mix of whatever we had available and they turned out fine without a lot of handling, but permanent is definitely the way to go. Though I really do like the transparency you get from the non-permanent.
But first, you need to trim the body shape of the snail on a piece of brown cardstock. It’s hard to describe what kind of shape this is, but it’s kind of like a fat, bent hot dog.
For the Valentine’s CD Snail Craft, you’ll also need large heart stickers or cutouts to cover the center of the CD. You can also use a circle of red construction paper with a smaller heart. Aside from that, you’ll need a heart paper punch, googly eyes, and a pencil.
- old CDs
- permanent markers in a variety of colors
- large heart stickers or cutouts
- brown cardstock
- construction paper in Valentine’s Day colors
- heart paper punch
- googly eyes
First, from the brown cardstock cut out a shape that resembles a snail’s body. One option is to lay the CD on the paper and lightly draw a body around it in easily erased pencil. This is what I did on our first batch. But you really don’t have to go through all the trouble. It’s fine to just cut out a shape freehand. Like a fat, bent hot dog, is how I think of it.
Position the CD on the snail’s body and glue in place. Also, glue a large heart cutout in the center of the CD to cover the hole. The kind we used were in bag called “heart confetti”. You can also use a large heart sticker. Or, if what you have isn’t quite large enough, cut a circle from construction paper and glue in place with a heart over. Draw a design around the heart using permanent markers.
Trim 2 thin rectangle from the brown cardstock and glue in place for antennae. Punch out 2 hearts in your choice of Valentine’s Day colors with the heart paper punch and glue on top of the antennae. Glue googly eyes, as well, and draw a happy mouth with pencil.
You could easily add a magnet on the back of these for a fun Valentine’s Day decoration. They’d also be really fun to pass out in a classroom. Be sure to check out all of the other Valentine’s Day crafts and recipe ideas at Kid Things!