DIY (Mess-Free!) Kids Painted Valentine's Day Cards
February 6, 2016
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I don't have babies quite yet, but when I do, this adorable DIY from Glitter, Inc. will be the first arts and crafts project I do with them. First, if it's mess-free, I'm game. Second, when the result is this cute? It's a must-try. And third, how can you beat a smile like this? An all-around crafting win in my book. Get the step-by-step below!
From Glitter, Inc.... As a crafty mama, it's hard not to want to try every arts and crafts project with my baby girl. My mom always made great craft projects with us as kids, and I just cannot wait. But when your little one is only 18-months old, and still learning how to use a spoon (without spilling chicken noodle soup all over her lap, of course), craft projects can feel a bit ambitious. Thankfully, our awesome sitter - who used to work at a preschool - mentioned an adorable, mess-free way to finger paint with your toddlers, and I loved the idea.

We had to try the craft project more than once - the first attempt was an epic fail: for the record, plain white paper does not withstand drowning in a ziploc bag filled with heaps of paint. Still, once we got ourselves a pack of cardstock that could hold up to our paint-filled bag, the project went off without a hitch. I'd call that a mess-free painting success. This really is a perfect "first art project" for toddlers and young kids.

So if you're itching to make an adorable Valentine's Day craft with your little ones (babies and toddlers included!), pull up a highchair and get painting!

Materials

Acrylic Paints
Cardstock Paper
Ziploc® Bags
Tape
Craft Glue
Scissors
Glitter Alphabet Stickers (We used gold glitter and silver glitter letters!)
Heart Doilies

instructions

step-1

Place one sheet of white card stock into a zip-top bag. (We used freezer-sized bags so that there was plenty of room for the card stock sheet and for Scarlett to squish around her paint.) Squirt various shades of paint into the bag and be sure to seal closed. Tape the bag to your child's high chair tray or a table.
step-2

Let your little ones squish and smack away. (You can also experiment with running various objects over the bag - q-tips, toy cars, etc.) Carefully pull their masterpiece out of the bag and allow to dry fully.
step-3

Using your grown-ups-only scissors, cut out your heart shapes from the now-painted cardstock sheets. Decorate and make those adorable Valentine's Day cards with glue (we glued our hearts to heart doilies for a classic look) and fun stickers.
And there you have it: one simple, mess-free, and adorable way to make valentines everyone will love. Happy crafting!
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Photography: Six Foot Photography | DIY and Styling: Glitter, Inc. | Acrylic Gloss Paint: Martha Stewart Crafts | Cardstock Paper:Amazon | Craft Glue: Amazon | Gold Glitter Alphabet Stickers: Amazon | Gold Stripe Teepee: Land of Nod | Heart Doilies: Amazon | High Chair: Stokke | Pearl & Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint Set: Martha Stewart Crafts | Scarlett's Pink Overalls: Baby Gap | Scissors: Amazon | Sheepskin Rug: Pottery Barn | Silver Glitter Alphabet Stickers: Amazon | Tape: Amazon | XO Swaddle Blanket: Modern Burlap | Ziploc® Bags: Target
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Heart Doilies, Craft Glue, Cardstock Paper, Gold Glitter Alphabet Stickers, Scissors, Tape, Silver Glitter Alphabet Stickers, Scarlett's Pink Overalls, Gold Stripe Teepee, Pearl & Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint Set, Acrylic Gloss Paint, Sheepskin Rug, High Chair, Ziploc® Bags
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XO Swaddle Blanket
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