DIY Wednesday: Valentine’s Day Art (Toddler Edition)

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Happy DIY Wednesday, friends!

This week, we are craft-crazy and gearing up for one of my favorite holidays: Valentine’s Day.  I’m not really sure why I love Valentine’s Day so much — I’m a firm believer in showing your love for someone (everyone) EVERYDAY, and not just one day a year — but, something about the hearts, the colors, the sweet messaging — I just love LOVE. 🙂  Ella was a huge help this week by assisting in decorating our foyer for the season, as well as helping pick out the flowers to make our Spring wreath.

 

We also worked on a special gift for the Grandmas — which is our DIY Wednesday treat for you to try at home! Ella’s new favorite activity is painting — either with her hands or these larger paintbrushes we bought her.  Last week, Michaels had a sale on blank white canvas 2/$7.99 with a 40% off coupon. We bought 2 packs, and were going to make a special painted canvas for each of the Grandmas to enjoy and hang up!

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First, I took a heart shaped foam piece to use as a stencil (or you can make your own stencil out of construction paper).  Then, I traced this heart onto the canvas to give me an outline for our art piece.

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After all the hearts were traced, I placed pieces of masking tape (or painters tape will work too!) to fill the entire heart outline/cutout.  This was the most time consuming part of the process — but I had to keep reminding myself that it would be worth it in the end! Make sure every piece of the heart is covered with tape — this is very important to achieve the end result.  Double up on taping, if necessary!

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After each canvas was taped out, I placed all four canvases side by side on our kitchen table.  Then, I poured a little bit of pink, red, and white paint onto a paper plate for Ella to dip either her hands or paintbrush into.  I used Crayola’s Washable paints for this — which was super easy to clean up, trust me — you’ll want this, because as we know, toddlers definitely know how to make a mess! 🙂 After her workspace was all set-up, I let her paint to heart’s desire (yes, pun intended).  And paint she DID — paint was all over my table and on the floor, but more importantly, she had a BLAST covering these canvases!

After she was finished, we cleaned up, and I let the canvases dry COMPLETELY!  This took a few hours, but I recommend letting it dry as much as possible before attempting to take the tape off.  This will prevent you from having wet paint get on the cutout heart section. Once you feel your paintings are dry, carefully take off the tape pieces.  If you use washable paint, you can use a damp cloth to fix any imperfections that may have shown up in the white area.  Lastly, I took a black Sharpie and wrote the word “Love” in the bottom corner of the heart — but you can write anything you want, or leave it blank.

End Result: a really cute hangable wall piece that the Grandmas are sure to love — especially knowing it was hand-painted by their little Ella Grey (young, aspiring artist!).

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Try it out, and if you do, drop me a comment!  I would love to see what different ideas you can come up with.

Have a great day!

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