No-Mess Heart Garland



Love the idea of doing a craft involving paint with your kids but not crazy about the mess? This Valentine's Day activity is for you! This easy and festive heart garland has all the fun of paint without the cleanup.  

 

Materials needed: 

  • Cardstock paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Clean, empty jar with a secure lid (peanut butter jar, Mason jar, etc.)  
  • Washable paint 
  • Beans or marbles 
  • Yarn, string or ribbon 
  • Hole punch 

Step one: Cut your card stock to fit your jar.  

Step two: Add a few drops of paint to the bottom of your jar. Carefully slide the paper inside and wrap it around the sides. Add a few of your marbles, beans—or or candy hearts would be fun! Close the lid securely. Let your kids shake it until their hearts are content! Kids can experiment with using more or fewer marbles or beans inside, as well as more or less shaking, to create various designs.  

Step three: Carefully pull out your paper and let it dry. Repeat steps one and two as many times as you'd like, depending on how many hearts you want for your garland.  

Step four:  Once your papers are completely dry, cut out heart shapes in any size you'd like.  

Step five: Punch two holes in each heart and string together with your yarn, string or ribbon to create your garland. 

Step six: Find the perfect festive spot to hang in your home!  

 

Megan Coffey is a former kindergarten teacher and lives in Overland Park with her husband and two kids. She loves encouraging creativity with her children through art and play.

 

 

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