Puffy Paint Valentines Cards – a valentines craft for kids and a recipe for homemade puffy paint.
Homemade puffy paint is very easy to make with 3 common kitchen ingredients and a bit of water. With Valentine’s day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make some puffy paint Valentines cards and hearts with the hooligans. The cards turned out great, and the hearts can be used to make gorgeous ornaments or garlands.
What you’ll need to make your puffy paint Valentines:
- homemade puffy paint: get the recipe here
- black crayon
- small bowls
- Q-tips (also known as cotton swabs or cotton buds)
- coloured card stock for the cards
- white cardboard (cereal box weight) for an ornament or garland
- hole punch and ribbon or string if you’re making ornaments and garlands
How to make your puffy paint Valentines cards and hearts:
Cut your cardboard into rectangles just a little larger than your hand.
With a black crayon, draw a heart. Press firmly on the crayon, and go over your lines if necessary, so they’re nice and dark. You can leave some hearts blank, or you can draw some designs to fill in with your paint like I did here:
If you’re making ornaments or a garland, punch the holes in your hearts before painting and baking.
If you’re making a card, fold your card stock and crease it before painting. Open it back up to paint and bake it.
Using your Q tip, apply a thick layer of paint onto your heart.
The younger children tend to “paint” with their Q-tips, but older children can be encouraged to puddle their paint and dab it around with their Q-tip to make their designs.
Because the paint is so thick, you can also create a layered painting like the one I made here on a piece of red card stock:
Put your painting in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to cook it and puff your paint up. In the past I’ve gone with 30 seconds. For our Valentines hearts, I went with 20 seconds. Both times worked equally well.
Aren’t the results gorgeous?
Now you’re ready to add a message to your card or to string your ornaments and garlands.
Wouldn’t these look beautiful brightening up a window or doorway?
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