Mini Monets and Mommies: Heart Print for Valentine's Day

Friday, January 23, 2015

Heart Print for Valentine's Day

If you’re looking for a little Valentine’s Day art for the kiddos to try, you’re in the right place. We’ve been getting in the holiday spirit with tons of heart art. There have been heart garlands, heart cut-outs, sensory science hearts (with expanding soap), clay finger paint glitter hearts, felt candy carriers and a foam print card (you have to visit Red Ted Art to see that one). But, this time your Mini Monet can learn how to make a print – from cotton balls. It’s messy, it’s super-colorful and it’s so much fun! Plus, your child can use her handmade printing plate over and over again (at least until the cotton wears out).

Valentine crafts

Your child can explore the cotton ball printing process doing more than just Valentine’s Day art. Try the activity out again and again, making different shapes or random abstract patterns.
Heart Art

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Cotton balls

·        A piece of wood—My son and I have a ridiculous amount of broken boards from karate, but if you don’t you can still do this project. Use a leftover piece of wood from a home improvement project or a thick piece of cardboard from a heavy-duty box.

·        Tempera paint

·        School glue

·        Card stock paper

·        Scissors

·        A marker

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Draw a heart onto the wood/board.

2.     Cover the line with glue. Add glue to the inside too.
Glue Project

3.     Press cotton balls over the glue. Let the cotton dry.
Texture art

4.     Squeeze paint over the cotton balls. Use a few different colors.
Paint print

5.     Brush the paint around, mixing the colors, with another cotton ball.
Kids' art

6.     Turn the Valentine’s Day printing plate over, on top of a piece of card stock paper. Have your child press down firmly.

7.     Peel the paper off of the plate to reveal the print.
Valentine's Day

8.     Repeat by adding new paint colors to the cotton. They’ll mix and mingle with old ones.
Valentine art

9.     Optional: Cut out a paper heart from the card stock. Press the printing plate onto it.
Kids' art

As if your child hasn’t already had enough fun, add another layer to the art activity – with shaving cream! Squirt shaving cream onto the painted cotton and swirl it around (your child can do this with her hands). Press it down on a piece of paper to make a puffy print.
Kids' PaintKids' art

Are you looking for more Valentine’s activities? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!
Follow Mini Monets and Mommies's board Valentine's Day Activities for Kids on Pinterest.


  1. What a cute idea! I may try this with my kids.. and BTW my son always says he wants to start Karate so he can break wood! haha!

    1. Thanks! I think that was a major factor for my son too!

  2. This is a really cool idea! Multicraftingmummy #tuesdaytutorials

  3. Such an adorable idea, I like that it's easy for all skill levels too!

  4. Wow love this idea and I know my Little Tots would as well :-)

  5. That looks like loads of fun :) Thanks for joining in with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

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  7. I love the creative use of cotton balls!

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