I love decorating for the holidays. As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, I am ready to pull out my Christmas decorations. The tree goes up and the balsam candles are lit.
When we came home from Christmas in Chicago, I was sad to see that our tree had shed entirely shed itself. That night, we went to work at getting that thing out of our house before it left our living room covered in needles. I was sad to see it go, but it was time.
Now that the New Year is over, I’m ready to get some other decorations out. Last year, Mary was just getting old enough to color and I pulled out a few craft projects. Doilies adorned our cabinets and we painted her first ever project.
This year she has a new love for crafting and I am taking advantage of it. We made this adorable Valentine canvas in just a few minutes. What I love about projects like these, is that regardless of your child’s age or ability, they turn out great.
If you want to attempt the framed picture (last year’s project) it is a really nice and easy one as well. Simply take a piece of white paper and allow your child to use appropriate colored finger paint. Let dry and then cut into a heart shape. Tape to a piece of pink construction paper and place in frame!
White canvas (I purchased ours in bulk at Michael’s)
1 sheet of computer paper
Washable Dot Paints (like what you use for bingo)
Make Your Project:
Take your computer paper and fold in half. Draw half of the heart. This is easier than just drawing a free hand heart, as it stays more uniform. You could also trace one if you have a stencil. Cut out heart shape and set aside. Tape the sheet of paper to your canvas. Start by taping around the outside. Then using very small pieces, secure the inside just slightly along the edge. Once secure, use appropriate colored dotters and blot the inside.
The dot paints won’t bleed under the paper and will cover the area nicely. They even look great when overlapped.
After you have finished with the dot paint. Gently peel the paper off, as soon as you have finished painting. You can carefully use the edge of the blotter to cover any areas that weren’t covered.