The kids saw me working on the Ribbon Heart Pillow and the Burlap Heart Banner from last weeks posts and were itching to help with a Valentine’s Day project that is a little more kid friendly. So this week we are going to show you how to make a Valentine’s canvas art project. Sparkles, glue, painting and cutting are all involved. Why did I think this would be a good kids project! The sparkles alone make me nervous.
Here is what you will need:
A small canvas, Glitter, A heart stencil, Black craft paint, a painting brush or sponge, Modge Podge and Tape and red craft paper and letter punches (not shown.)
The idea for this project all started with the heart stencil. I received the stencil for FREE when I placed my last order with Royal Design Studio Stencils. If you spend so much money they send a cute little stencil for free. It’s the perfect little heart stencil for simple projects like this.
The first thing you do is tape your lines onto the canvas. You can make them however big or little you want. I went the super easy way, since kids were involved, and made the all the stripes the same height as the tape. I used the green Frog Tape because Frog Tape is the tape of all painting tapes in my opinion. It makes super crisp lines. Anywho, after the tape is in place, paint the areas not taped in whatever color you want. Obviously, we chose black. Of course I had to put my 2 cents in otherwise we would have had a neon orange stripe:)
After a coat of paint is brushed on you can immediately rip off the green tape. Viola you now have stripes.
Now for the heart stencil. Like I said before this stencil came from Royal Design Studio which you can order online, however, you can also buy a simple heart stencil at any craft store.
Tape your stencil onto the canvas so that it stays in place while little fingers are glue and glittering!
Then brush on some Modge Podge over the stencil holding the stencil down lightly. Take your glitter and generously sprinkle it over top of the Modge podge and stencil, then immediately take the tape and stencil off and wash the stencil right away to remove the modge podge from the stencil.
This is what it will look like after the stencil is removed.Now lets talk about glitter for one quick moment. I have a love hate relationship with glitter and I rarely buy it. I love the way it looks but I hate to find it in my carpet and sofa crevices months and years after it has been used. And then it gets on your clothes when you lay on the floor which gets on your coat at some point which you drag into your car and it’s never ending. Wow mommy crafting problems right! We all know kids love glitter which is why I chose to use it for this project but let me tell you, I had slight anxiety while watching my son sprinkle glitter all over creation. I think I may have had exorcist eyes popping out of my head when he was doing this part of the project but it’s all in the sake of watching him have a good time! Point of this story – make sure you get glitter with a shaker on the top so that when the glitter bottle tips over, and it will, it won’t go everywhere. Moving on!
Ok not done yet, we need some red in this project. So we took red craft paper and used letter punches to punch out a cute phrase. If you are wondering what the lamb on the table is? Meet lambie. He goes everywhere with us and I am sure he doused in glitter at this point.
Once your phrases are punched out, glue them onto the canvas wherever your little heart desires.
We cut out some cute hearts for some extra flare and Modge Podged over the whole canvas to protect it and called it a day!
I believe this was a success. Kiddo’s had fun, I almost had a nervous glitter breakdown and we created a cool Valentine’s canvas.
Have a glitter fabulous day folks!! I am going to start vacuuming! XO- Amy
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