Many young children are prolific artists. They can paint a dozen pictures in a matter of minutes, leaving mom and dad wondering how to display the many masterpieces.
With their blessing, you could show them how to repurpose their paintings into one of the easiest Valentine crafts: a heart garland.
If your kids are old enough to be more conservative about their creativity and you don’t have a stash of abandoned artwork (or if cutting up one of their paintings would cause irreversible emotional damage), use the pages of old magazines and catalogs, junk mail or other scrap paper instead.
- Cut hearts of various sizes from the paper.
- Punch two holes in a heart, one hole on each side toward the top.
- Thread the yarn through the holes so that the yarn goes across the backside of the heart.
- Push the heart along the yarn, leaving about a foot of yarn at the end so you can tie it up.
- Repeat the steps until you have several hearts hanging from the yarn.
- Display the garland above a doorway, on a wall, in a window, over a dinner table or wherever else you need some Valentine’s Day cheer.
- If the children are young, trace the heart first and have them cut along the lines. Older kids can probably cut hearts freehand by folding the paper in half and cutting an ear shape on the fold.
- Choose a yarn or string that isn't too smooth. Otherwise, the hearts might slide about.
What You Need
- Kids' artwork, junk mail, magazine or catalog pages and colorful scrap paper
- Hole puncher
- Yarn or string, length depending on how long you want the garland to be