Hi, I’m Rachelle from Tinkerlab, where we celebrate children’s inventiveness through experiments and hands-on making.
If you’re like me, you might have a huge stack of child artwork that could easily be repurposed or given a fresh life. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is a fun way to upcycle a bit of your child’s artwork into a heart-filled gift for grandma, daddy, or, ahem, yourself. In our case, my daughter loved her canvas so very much that she’s decided to keep it for herself!
How to make a DIY Valentine Canvas from a Child’s Artwork
- Child’s Artwork
- White PVA glue
If you don’t already have a piece of art that’s ready to go, sit down for an art-making session. We filled a mini ice cube tray with liquid watercolors and had a lively painting session.
Once you have some dry art, cut your art into strips, fold the strips in half, and then cut small hearts from the paper. Our hearts are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide.
Make the hearts as big or small as you like. This could be a fun area to tinker with.
Arrange the hearts on the canvas until you find a composition that you really like. Don’t be afraid to cut more hearts or use a new piece of your child’s art if you’re not happy with the results at this stage.
Give each heart a good crease and then apply a line of PVA glue along the crease.
Glue the hearts in place, and give them a firm press to help them stick well. Allow the whole thing to dry for a couple hours and then your art is ready to hang or share with a loved one.
Thanks so much for inviting me to share with you today!
Here are three more gift ideas that children can make themselves, and a little help from an adult.
Rachelle Doorley. A former art museum educator, Rachelle is the founder of tinkerlab.com and author of the forthcoming book Tinkerlab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors. You can find Rachelle on her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.