If you want a super easy craft you can do with your kids with the end result being awesome art you’ll want to use for years to come, you’ve come to the right place! This one is specifically for Valentine’s Day, but you can do this for any holiday or occasion with just a few simple tweaks! This craft is good for kids of all ages, and different ages can be involved in different ways.
First, have your kids paint on some paper. This is the part that every kid can do. My daughter was 13 months old when she did this with me, but she would’ve been able to do this even at 6 months. Just make sure to use age-appropriate materials (like non-toxic or edible paint for little ones that like to explore with their mouths!). For this Valentine’s Day art, I had my daughter use red, pink, and purple. You could use any colors you want, and the colors can be changed for different holidays, occasions, or preferences. Below, I have included a picture of my daughter’s artwork.
Once their artwork is completely dry, its time to cut out the shapes. I used heart shaped cookie cutters to trace hearts on the back of the paper, making sure to place them where there was paint. Then I cut out the hearts. You can do this step, or if your child is old enough to use scissors you can have them cut out the shapes.
Then place the shapes on your canvas to see how you want to arrange them. I used an 8″ x 10″ canvas that I had painted lavender. Either you can paint the canvas or you can let your child(ren) paint the canvas.
Once you figure out where you want your hearts to be placed, it is time to glue them to the canvas. Make sure your canvas is completely dry before you glue your hearts on. I recommend using Mod Podge or a similar glue. It is designed so it does not affect the texture or color of your paper or paints, and it also acts as a sealent.
Generously coat the back of the paper hearts with glue.
Place the heart on the canvas and smooth it out. My paper was pretty rippled from where my daughter painted it, so I had to push and smooth the paper out quite a bit to get rid of bubbles.
Once you have all the hearts glued in place, you can use the Mod Podge to coat the entire canvas. This really ensures the hearts stay in place and are protected.
I did a generous layer of Mod Podge so I could make sure to seal the edges of the hearts. I do not want the edges getting caught on something and getting ripped. This takes some time to dry since it is a thick coat, but mine was almost completely dry within an hour.
You have completed artwork!
I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!!
The best thing about this craft is that it is COMPLETELY customizable! You can use any colors and any shapes you want! I personally plan on making one for Easter as well. Maybe even St. Patrick’s Day and the 4th of July. The possibilities are endless. I think it would also be a perfect birthday craft every year, letting the kid pick out their favorite shapes and colors at the time. It would be a little time capsule into their personalities at each age.
Let me know if you enjoy this craft, and if you have any ideas for updates or future crafts! I’d love to hear from you!