I don’t usually “get into” Valentine’s Day that much, but my kids were asking me if we were going to decorate for Valentine’s Day, so I figured we’d better at least do SOMETHING, ha!
So here are two quick, last minute, yet honestly very beautiful heart crafts you can use for Valentine’s Day or just as a lovely decoration for your windows at any time of the year!
1. Marbleized coffee filter hearts
The first one is made from coffee filters
What you need:
Water based paint
First, I flattened the coffee filters, cut hearts out of them, then I dotted them with 2 different colors of paint (Note: Don’t worry if they don’t flatten all the way. Once the paint and water are all over them, they will be nice and flat)
After they did a couple of hearts each, we set them on a towel to dry. It took nearly all day for them to dry sufficiently
We hung them up with tiny dots of white glue around the edges
Don’t they look just gorgeous?
2. Faux stained glass using paper, wax crayons and oil
The next day they wanted to make some more Valentine’s Day crafts, so I decided on these stunning stained glass hearts made from just normal paper, crayons and one secret ingredient which you have right in your kitchen: oil!
What you need:
oil (baby oil smells nice, but any oil will do)
cotton (for rubbing on the oil)
I started out by drawing a variety of heart designs meant to look like stained glass ornaments, windows and images. I just used normal paper and used black permanent marker as the outline.
Next, the 2 girls (ages 4 & 7) got busy coloring them with wax crayons
Then they rubbed baby oil all over them until they were saturated (no pix, but I think you get the idea!)
Just for fun, we dried them with a blow-dryer
It takes quite a few hours for them to dry (note that they will not dry completely, since they have oil on them)
We put them up on our windows, and boy did they look pretty!
These hearts come out looking like stained glass images on windows, and of course look especially spectacular when the sun shines through them!
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!