Heart Art Projects

With love in the air, we’re turning our arty crafty hands to Valentine’s Day-themed activities and today I have the pleasure of showing you 18 brilliant Heart Art Projects for kids, that use a variety of processes and mediums to encourage creative freedom and exploration.

And while we have labelled them as ‘Valentine’s Art’, in reality, these projects are great for any occasion and if gifted, they’ll certainly warm hearts.

They say that variety is the spice of life and as with all ’round-ups’ featured on Arty Crafty Kids, I aim to appeal to all age groups and abilities to ensure that you’ll find something inspiring for your Arty Crafty Kids.

So without further ado, let’s take a look!

18 Heart Art Projects for Kids 

To learn more about any of the Heart Art Projects featured, click the links provided to be diverted to the full instructions.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art for Kids | Valentines Heart Art Projects for kids #valentinesday #hearts #kidsartThis wonderful abstract heart art process from Nurture Store is perfect for very young children.

Simple and effective Optical Illusion Art from Pink Stripey Socks.

I adore how this Scandanivan Inspired heart from Fireflies and Mudpies is formed (it’s easier than it looks and includes a template!).

Watercolours and Black Glue works beautifully together. Discover how to make your own Black Glue Heart art over on Red Ted Art.

Perfect for young children, Flash Bugs Studio have created this amazing tissue and newspaper heart collage that children will love.

Gorgeous Watercolour Heart Handprint Tree from Arty Crafty Kids.

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This Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art idea from Arty Crafty Kids looks amazing displayed on the wall!

Combine art with maths to create this fabulous geometric heart by Kids Steam Lab.

I love how these puffy hearts (by School Time Snippets) add some fine motor threading to the design.

Simply beautiful Rainbow Heart Suncatcher by Fireflies and Mudpies.

This grass heart creation by Mother Natured is perfect for getting creative outside.

Beautiful Rainbow Puffy Heart art by the fabulous Art Bar.

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Pop over the Meri Cherry to discover how to make this mixed media cardboard Heart Hanging.

And continuing with the mixed media theme, Make It Your Own has a beautiful fabric and cardboard heart that’s perfect for crafting with recycled materials.

Combine Newspaper and Watercolours to make a torn Heart Collage (by the Pinterested Parent).

Squiggle heart art becomes more interesting with this yarn technique by Arty Crafty Kids.

Use fingerprints to create this beautiful heart shaped tree by Easy Peasy and Fun.

And finally, we’ve used our fingerprints to create hearts around a lovely handprint tree!

 

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Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting

Today we’ve swapped our white crayons and oil pastels with a hot glue gun to create this amazing Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting.

I simply adore how the painting turned out, with the designs appearing lifted from the page.

It’s a process that can be enjoyed by an incredibly broad age group, from toddlers to teenagers (and I’m sure a few adults would a welcome play too!).

Resist art never fails to engage my own kids. There’s an element of intrigue – What will the paintings reveal? – to a calm and considered approach as they fill in, cover and bring their designs to life.

And while we’ve used a hot glue gun to create a type of 3D effect, ordinary PVA glue from a squeezy bottle would also work or failing that, simply use a white crayon as a ‘resist’ medium.

Whatever resources you have at home, this a do-able and easy art project to recreate at home or within the classroom.

MATERIALS: Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting 


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White Stock Card
Hot Glue Gun
Watercolour Paints
Pencil

DIRECTIONS: Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting 

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Using a soft pencil, gently draw a design onto the white card.

Be creative – draw hearts, flowers, stars, sun and moon or create a cool underwater scene.

Using a hot glue gun, follow the drawn lines and dispense glue.

If you do not have a hot glue gun, you could buy one here or simply substitute it for PVA glue from a squeezy bottle – just be aware that PVA glue takes longer to dry and may overflow.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting

The glue from a hot glue gun should take minutes to dry!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting

Next, add the watercolour paint by mixing water first and then colour.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting

As you can see from the concentration of my little ones face, she was totally absorbed in this process and took great care to colour in each individual heart.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Watercolour and Glue Resist Heart Painting

And that’s the basic method we used to create our heart paintings.
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My 6-year-old completely through herself into this watercolour and glue resist heart painting process to create the featured piece that brought you to this post.

Isn’t it beautiful?

For more resist art inspiration take a look at our incredibly popular spider web and snowflake!

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16 Kids Valentine Heart Craft Ideas

From an arty crafty perspective, Valentine’s is one of my favourite seasons –  I just adore the excess of hearts and today I intend to share that love with a gorgeous collection of unique and colourful Valentine Heart Craft Ideas for the kiddies to enjoy this Valentine’s.

You will find a fabulous range of techniques and styles to explore, along with a few ideas that you may want to try yourself!

16 Kids Valentine Heart Craft Ideas
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1. Introduce the kids to a basic sewing technique with this adorable heart mobile  (Sew Yeah).

2. Get crafty with nature to create a gorgeous Twig Canvas (Red Ted Art).

3. I adore how effective these accordion hearts are (Krokotak).

4. A fun and easy Handprint Heart tree idea that’s perfect for kids practicing their cutting skills (Arty Crafty Kids).

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5. I love the simplicity of this heart shaped tree idea (Easy Peasy and Fun) – it’s perfect for little ones!

6. These paper plate hearts ( Red Ted Art ) are perfect for developing fine motor skills!

7. An absolutely beautiful paper heart garland ( Ribbons and Glue) that I would happily have hanging all year round!

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8. Make awesomely trendy paper heart bags (Krokotak).

9. A super stamping heart craft for toddlers and preschoolers ( Happy Hooligans).

10. Beautiful heart suncatchers using wax crayons and a surprisingly simple technique (Martha Stewart).

11. A sweet and pretty paper heart rainbow mobile (Buggy and Buddy)

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12. I LOVE this heart mixed media process art project ( you are my favee) – simply gorgeous!

13. Stunning Glitter Clay Handprint (Arty Crafty Kids).

14. Can you image a window full of these cheerful suncatcher hearts? (Fireflies and Mudpies)

15. This love monster certainly has the cute factor!

16. A simple heart resist art idea for kids ( Mama Papa Bubba).

And concludes our top Valentine Heart picks – 16 Kids Valentine Heart Craft Ideas!

What do you think, do you have a favourite?

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Paper Plate Heart Crown

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Angel declared herself a queen the other day and since every queen needs a crown, we created our rather super Paper Plate Heart Crown! with just a few materials, this craft couldn’t be easier.

Great for imaginary play and a simply perfect kid craft for celebrating Valentine’s Day!

Paper Plate Heart Crown: Materials

A Paper Plate
Red Paint
A Pen
A pair of Scissors

Paper Plate Heart Crown

With the rough side of the plate on the outside, fold the plate in half.

Draw the outline of half a large heart directly onto the plate, leaving 2-3cm at the bottom from the centre fold.

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Cut along the outside of the heart from the centre point and continue following the circular outline of the plate.  I would advise starting off small and then cut a little more if you need to, to ensure a snug fit on your kids head.

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Unfold the paper plate and pop the heart out.

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Now for the really fun bit – The paint!

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Once the crown is dry, your crafty kids could add sequins, gems or anything else they desire before wearing it.

I hope your kiddies love their Paper Plate Heart Crown and had lots of fun making them!

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Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

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As a mummy to girls with a three and a half year age gap, I’m well aware that time passes quickly and as such, I love to create everlasting keepsakes. Cakes is 14 months old and this Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake is for her. I love how tiny and imperfect her prints are, if you look closely, you can see a fingernail dent too!

To make your own Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake at home is very simple and will take less than hour (including baking time of 30 min) to make.

Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay
Red Glitter
Heart Cookie Cutter
Baking Paper
Ribbon or String
Red acrylic paint

Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

Start by kneading the red glitter into the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay  and roll into a ball.

Arty Crafty Kids - Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

Roll the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay out to about 5mm in thickness (or to a desired thickness) and then apply pressure to the Heart Cookie Cutter to cut through the clay.

Arty Crafty Kids - Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take photos of Cakes actually doing the prints (not enough hands!), but it’s pretty easy and I used one thumb to create both sides of the fingerprint heart.

If you would like to hang your heart, add a threading hole using a straw.

Pop the clay onto baking paper and then into the oven, following the instructions of the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay  packaging.

It took around 30 min for the clay to harden. Watch out for discolouration of the clay, if this occurs then it’s time to come out!

Arty Crafty Kids - Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

To make the print prominent, I added red acrylic paint. Once dry I finished off with some matching ribbon to hang on the wall.

I hope you love your Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsakes as much as I do. As can you see, I added my daughters name onto one of the hearts, with a date and age on the back.

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Handprint Heart Kid Art

I love process art, you never quite know how it’s going to turn out or how it will be received by the arty kids. Angel took complete control of her Handprint Heart Kid Art and I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s rather pretty!

I love how she explored blending colours and used the negative space for her handprints.

Our Handprint Heart Kid Art is the perfect project turned keepsake for the season of love.

Handprint Heart Kid Art: Materials

A sheet or two of white paper
Card (could use an old cereal box)
Paint – Red, White and Blue
Sponge

Handprint Heart Kid Art:

To create a symmetrical heart, I simply folded the card in half and drew half a heart, ensuring it would be large enough to fit a little hand inside.

Arty Crafty Kids - Handprint Heart Kid Art

Next, I created an ‘invitation to create’ by preparing the paint and sponge, as well as positioning the heart onto the sheet of white paper.

Angel, being four, often gets impatient if she has to wait whilst I prepare an activity, so getting it all ready and creating an ‘invitation to create’ often leads to a high level of interest and inevitable excitement!

Arty Crafty Kids - Handprint Heart Kid Art

Handing over to Angel, she mixed a few colours and used the sponge to dab around our heart template, alternating colours as she worked her way around the heart.

Arty Crafty Kids - Handprint Heart Kid Art

Once your arty kid has finished their heart, gently lift the template off the paper.

Arty Crafty Kids - Handprint Heart Kid Art

Continuing to with the sponge, fill in the white space around the heart and then use the sponge to apply a thin layer of paint to the hand and print, creating a ‘heart’ within a heart.

Arty Crafty Kids - Handprint Heart Kid Art

I hope your kiddies have enjoyed the creative process, as well as getting a little messy! Angel had so much fun creating her Handprint Heart Kid Art, with the simplicity of the art process enabling her to take control and create freely.

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Valentine Heart Suncatcher

This year, for some unusual reason I cannot explain, Valentine’s day has captured Angel’s imagination (maybe it’s do with all the lovely crafts about!), she’s requested to make everything from Valentine’s cards to Valentine’s Jewellery; her ideas inspiring our very pretty Valentine Heart Suncatcher.

I have to admit,the combination of clay and pony beads left me dubious. I wasn’t sure it would actually work! But, I am absolutely thrilled that it did, with the beads capturing the light better than I had imagined.

Valentine Heart Suncatcher: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay
Colourful Wooden Round Beads
Transparent Glitter Plastic Pony/Barrel Beads 150pk approx
String/ Thread
Heart Cookie Cutter
Red Glitter
Baking Paper

Valentine Heart Suncatcher

To start, we kneaded the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay until soft into a ball, mixing it with red glitter.

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We rolled the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay flat to approx 5mm thickness and then positioned our Heart Cookie Cutter , pushing down firmly.

Before removing the Heart Cookie Cutter, we pushed three pony beads into the heart. By leaving the cookie cutter in the clay, the heart will not lose shape when the beads are added.

A little tip: Select the transparent beads as they catch the light beautifully!

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

When adding the beads, we not only pushed down firmly but gave each a little twist too, to ensure they cut through the clay.

Pierce a small threading hole into the heart. I used the bottom of a paintbrush, but a straw might be better!

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentines Heart Suncatcher

Place the hearts onto a baking tray and pop them into the oven (gas mark 7, 160/140c) for around 15 minutes.

Keep a close eye on the hearts, looking out for clay discolouration. Remove immediately if this occurs.

Once baked, allow to cool.

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

Once the hearts are baked, allow them to cool before adding the thread. For decoration, we also added a cute coloured wooden bead.

You may notice that one of our hearts was left in the oven too long 😉 I quite like the pinky tinge, but if you’re aiming for vibrant white, I would keep a closer eye on them during the baking stage!

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

The hearts could be left as they are or linked up with a simple knot, as we have.

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

All that’s left is for your gorgeous Valentine Heart Suncatcher to be hung by the window.

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

 

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