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Spreading Kindness with Handmade Valentine Hearts
This February, we are finding ways to practice kindness and share joy to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. Today we are sharing a new family tradition – spreading kindness in our community with handmade valentine hearts. Melissa and her family started this tradition last Valentine’s Day with friends who were visiting them in Crested Butte. They made dozens of handmade hearts and hung them all around town.
This is a wonderful family activity that is creative and crafty and can spread joy in your community at the same time. This is a fun project where families craft together, making paper hearts using different mediums and materials – like watercolor paints, markers, colored pencils, stickers, washi tape and more. Setting up for this is not too daunting at all. Craft supplies and yummy snacks is what you need. We were delighted to work with
Let’s get started…
Watercolor or craft paints
Tips for crafting hearts:
- Pre cut the paper into heart shapes. You can make the hearts any size. Our hearts ranged from 3 inches to 6 inches.
- Make supplies easy to share. Place some of each material at each person’s spot at your table. This way the kids won’t be arguing over supplies.
- Have a glue stick for each kiddo.
- Get creative! You can use watercolor paper and make an ombre heart. Or layer different patterned paper for a modern heart. Add mini-doilies to a red heart for a classic design. You can even use red or pink patterned wrapping paper for some added color and design!
- Add some flare! Glue sequins or even feathers for a fun look! Or add a splash of confetti by spreading glue on an area and lightly pressing some confetti on paper.
- Let the paper hearts dry (if needed).
After the paper hearts have been made, take a walk through your community spreading joy by placing the hearts on city streets. You can use scotch tape or masking tape to stick hearts around town. We stuck hearts on light posts, sign posts, and our neighbors’ and friends’ doors. This project is a great way to spend time as a family and teach your kids the importance of spreading kindness. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing a surprise handmade heart on their front door? Enjoy spreading some Valentine’s cheer this month!
Photos by Sara Albers.