I'm not sure about y'all, but I'm always looking for super easy crafts I can do with my 4-year-old that will also be short enough to keep his attention (because let's be real, he lasts about 5 minutes with crafts these days). I also always love a craft that is something I won't mind hanging in my house.
This craft covers both of those points well. It doesn't take long and is really rather simple, but it makes a super fun piece of artwork to hang around the house or in your kiddo's room.
I got the idea of foil stamping from my son's preschool. They did some really fun pumpkins around Halloween that were with foil and I thought "genius!" It makes for super easy cleanup, Liam doesn't get really messy, and he loves using something fun and different to paint with (win, win, win!).
Below you will find the supplies you need and a step-by-step guide! Feel free to make this your own as well! Be creative!
- Small canvas (I got this one from Target)
- 1 sheet of cardstock paper
- Paper plates for paint
- Acrylic Paint (I chose 3 colors)
STEP 1: Cut the heart & tape
I folded my paper in half and traced half a heart and then cut it out. When unfolded, it makes a whole, symmetrical heart! Next, I put tape on the back and stuck it to the canvas.
STEP 2: Make foil stamps
For the foil stamps, I tore off three sheets of foil that were about 6 inches wide (It really doesn't matter because you will be crumpling it up!). I crumped the foil into a ball and then while holding onto part of the foil, I stamped it hard on the table to create a flat part. This ensures there is a spot to hold onto when your kiddo is stamping. Make 3 stamps (or one stamp for every color you are using).
STEP 3: Squirt paint on plates and stamp!
I always choose to put my paint on paper plates for easy cleanup. Squirt some paint on each paper plate. Have your child use the foil to stamp all over the canvas. I stayed close by to make sure the heart stayed put.
Once all the stamping is done, remove the paper heart and voila! You have a fun piece of artwork to add to your Valentine's decor (when it dries, of course!).
We chose to put Liam's canvas on the art ledge in our game room and he also wanted to hang the paper heart as artwork too, so we hung that one in his room!