I am sure anyone who reads this blog knows that I decorate my home with my kids in mind. A lot of times that includes getting them involved in the decorating, this Valentines day kid craft idea I am sharing today is all about those little ones.
I spoke last week about how we incorporate my kids into celebrating this holiday of love along with sharing another simple Valentines day craft. This idea is along those same lines, I love to have my kids get involved with crafts, and finding ways to decorate our home with them is even better. Yes this means things will get messy, and a whole lot of glitter was used in this process. But, it was fun, my kids enjoyed the freedom, and they take such pride in something they made being used as decorations in our home. It is worth the mess!
I always try and keep a few canvas’s on hand, just in case. Yes, I am that kind of person.
This is where the sneakiness comes in with parenting. I wanted to give my kids full control with this Valentines day craft but I still want to have it blend in with the rest of my home. So that is does actually feel like decorations. So I pre-selected colors that would work with my home. Adding the pink….. because… Valentines day!
Using painters tape and letting the kids dictate where I put it. The goal was for each of them to make a big heart and then decorate it. Two of my kids wanted to put a bunch of lines in the heart, and one wanted it without any lines. It was fun to see each of them with their own opinions. They all had a vision for this and I was just here to help them make it happen.
When using painted tape it is pretty simple, just be sure to push it down flat. So no paint can seep through.
Hearts are done!
Now the kids get to paint! Again, I let them lead on the paint combinations. I am sure if you have ever been a kid or been around kids you will know how exciting it is to paint. I think it is the excitement of a mess, but also seeing something all on their own that they are creating come together. My kids get really into crafts, and I simply try to give them even more ideas for them to choose from. A lot of times kids get stuck in their ways and do not think of new ones. Of course it is all dependent on the child. I have one that knows from the start what she wants to create. The other two I always give a few ideas and they choose from there what to do with them.
As you can see, the paint the kids used was paint samples I had.
It can be tempting to push the kids more into what will be “perfect” or “Pinterest ready” when it comes to crafts. But, I can guarantee they will enjoy them more if left just the way they want. You will also cherish them so much more!
Once the paint was dry it was onto the next step, adding some fun texture and color to this! I used a bunch of washi tape for this portion.
Again, letting the kids dictate exactly how they wanted this to go. I had to help put the washi tape on the canvas, otherwise it did not stay on long. But as you can see, my tiny dictators told me exactly how they wanted it to be.
My youngest was all over the place with the taping, but I let him have his chaotic 4 year old self ways.
“Alright, alright, I will put the tape there. Geesh!” My kids can be bossy creative people.
Then it was time to take the painted tape off. If you have older kids they can do this part. My kids have zero patience so I pulled the tape of for them.
The hearts with the tape all over it were a little bare.
Kids or an adult can trace around the heart to make it be more defined.
Then of course my kids wanted to fill in the blanks spaces with something, which of course meant lots of glitter! I put the glue down, this way the glitter would be in just the blank lines. My kids are lots of things, but slow and steady is not one of them.
Then it was glitter time! One child chose gold glitter.
The other chose white and sparkly glitter. This is the perfection of letting the kids lead with crafts, even though they are technically the same craft each one turned out differently. Showing off their perfectly imperfect personalities.
It was a masterpiece! Worthy of any wall in my home!
My daughter Nora, who went with the more subtle fully pink heart wanted writing on it. She asked for me to write these words on her art.
Then outlined the words in glue and topped it off with more glitter. She was not going to be left out of the glitter fun.
What we ended up with were 3 uniquely beautiful DIY Valentines day wall art.
I know I see kids crafts all the time on the internet, and some I seriously side eye. Psh, kids are not neat, precise, clean, or organized. A perfectly executed craft with no obviously smudges or mistakes had to have been helped out a lot by adults. Or we are using the term kids craft very loosely. Not shading anyone who has crated a kids craft, but you can usually recognize a fully child created craft. My kids are wonderful, creative, loud, they lose interest fast, they have big ideas, and they are messy…. so very messy.
These Valentines day kid craft idea are just what I will cherish years from now. I will happily display them on my wall, maybe eventually adding my grand kids and their creations into the mix too. At the end of the day any kids craft should be about the experience, the creativity and most importantly the fun! Kids are the best excuse for fun, they demand it almost 24/7.
Having kids create something like this is helping them again their independence. Give them options and give them time to decide. I loved seeing how each of them, given a similar task went about it all in very different ways. All with different results.
So, this may not be the more perfectly executed Valentines day kid craft idea to ever exist. But to my kids, and me they are pretty dang perfect. The idea, the fun, and the results are what you make of it. Just like what Valentines day should stand for, it is all about love and making the people you love the most feel special. When I decorate my home with things my kids made they love it. Their pride for their creations is wonderful, them seeing my show off their hard work is special, and it makes our home feel even more “ours.” So when it comes to kids crafts enjoy the process, celebrate the results, and encourage their individuality. I should mention that these would be really sweet gifts for a parent or grandparent. They can be decorations for your home, or gifts for someone else. From the heart, with actual hearts… cannot get much better than that for Valentines day!
Do you have any favorite kids crafts your family has done? Have you DIYed a Valentines day gift?