Laura Miller of YouDollDesign is back to share three DIY Valentine ideas for you and your kids! Each one is gorgeous and original yet simple enough for children. Let’s get to it!
My 3-year-old son loves to be my little “helper”, and when he sees me working on a watercolor project, he often asks to get out his own set and paint beside me. I like to fuel his love for creating by letting him take an active part in our holiday projects and the decoration of our home. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d share a few simple – and kid friendly –projects that incorporate the very on-trend watercolor look. And even if you don’t have kids, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to whip out the old watercolor set if you haven’t in a while and brush up on your skills.
1. Custom Postcards: If you want to make your valentines extra personal this year, send your loved ones a one-of-kind watercolor masterpiece in the form of a postcard. Many art paper companies like Strathmore make it easy with their pads of watercolor postcards that are already pre-cut to the standard size with lines for the address and stamp placement on the back. To avoid waste, I like to do a few watercolor doodles on a separate sheet of paper first for inspiration before I commit to a design on the special postcard paper. Who wouldn’t love to receive something so unique and special like that in the mail.
2. Secret Watercolor Messages: The resist method is a very popular watercolor effect. It’s a technique that involves using a wax crayon or something similar that will coat the paper making it resistant to the paint. For this project, draw your design first with a WHITE crayon on a white heart shape and then apply the paint on top, revealing what you drew underneath. This is a really fun project to involve children. They’ll love watching their drawing pop out like magic, or you can write them a secret message in advance for them to uncover. Hang them up with festive baker’s twine or attach a sucker to the back and they’ve got a great valentine to give classmates!
3. Painted Hearts: If your child is still a little too young to paint a heart shape on their own, another great idea is letting them paint freely on a piece of white paper as usual and once it dries, use a heart-shaped punch to cut up their painting (or help them cut with scissors) into several hearts that they can now glue onto a piece of bright-colored paper. This is a great project for those developing the fine motor skills of painting, cutting and gluing. Even if you don’t have a child, this can be a fun way to do something a little less conventional for your valentines this year.xoxo, Laura