Easy Valentine's Day Heart Stencil Craft


Valentine's Day is coming soon.  Kids of all ages will love this easy Valentine's Day craft!  Using homemade heart stencils your little ones will each make a unique art print.  Try this Valentine's process art activity with preschoolers and/or Kindergartners.  This easy craft also sneaks in some learning about symmetry and overlapping, too!

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Easy Valentine's Day Craft

My two oldest kiddos especially love creating with markers, paint, glue, string.... whatever they can get their hands on! And truth  be told, with 5 kiddos and 10 hands trying to get into things, I am not as quick to pull out the art stuff anymore, but this easy Valentine's Day Craft is fun for all involved! 

This Valentine's Day craft was inspired by a printmaking project we saw in the Home Art Studio DVD's.  We switched it up to make a festive pink and purple heart craft instead!  

Enjoy making your own easy Valentine's Day craft using homemade heart stencils.  It's a fun process art activity for the holiday.  

Easy Valentine's Day Craft


How to Make Heart Stencils for Easy Valentine's Day Craft:

Begin with a quick little lesson on symmetry.  

Fold a piece of paper in half and along the folded side, draw half a heart.  Cut along the line.  When finished, open of the piece of paper and show your child the shape; it's a whole heart!  If interested, practice making other shapes with your child.

With the piece of paper that you cut a heart from, trim it up a bit because you will use that heart, too.  I don't know the "artsy" terminology, but you now have two hearts; one "filled" in and a heart template.  Isn't this called something like positive and negative?!?

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Designate a paint color for each heart.

My 6 year old chose to use pink and red; pink was used around the heart shape and red was used to fill in the heart template. 

Easy Valentine's Day Craft Using Heart Stencils

Choose one of the hearts to work with and place it somewhere on another sheet of paper.  Dab the sponge into the paint and sponge either the inside of the heart template or the around the edges of the heart shape.

heart stencils for easy valentine's day art

Continue creating heart shapes by either sponging paint around the heart or inside the heart template.  Make sure not to leave any white spots when sponge painting either heart.

Also, introduce the concept of "over-lapping" by having the hearts over-lap each other all over the page.

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Continue until your child is satisfied with their latest Valentine's Day craft!  I love that there is no right or wrong way to do this Valentine's Day craft AND it introduced the idea of symmetry and overlapping to my 6 year old.

She was thrilled with the way it turned out!

Easy Valentine's Day Craft

It turned out to be a fun and easy Valentine's Day craft!  It didn't take long to create, but gave my art loving daughter a chance to create and play with art supplies!  <---- That is a sure way to her heart! 

If making yet another Valentine's Day craft isn't your jam, try this stencil craft with other shapes! 

Your child may enjoy this easy Valentine's Craft so much, you may end up with several prints; if so, turn these pretty heart prints into cards for friends & family. 

Easy Valentine's Day Craft

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