Patchwork Heart Puppets for Valentine’s Day

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As we progress through the 31 Days of Love Guest post series, I am excited to have the wonderful se7en guest post for us today. It is appropriate that se7en guest posts today -as it has been about 7 years since I first came across her blog (wow! I a feel old now!!) and I have been a fan of her work every since! It is always arty, bright and colourful and oh so fun. I do hope you enjoy her Valentines Craft for Kids today! I love that her ideas work for a range of ages and everyone can join in and have fun!

You can find more from the 31 Days of love series here – Valentine Crafts for Preschoolers, Valentine Day Treats, Valentine Decorations, Valentines Science Activities and Valentine Cards for Kids

Patchwork Heart Puppets for Valentine’s Day

My children like nothing more than creating something that they can play with… so this Valentines Day we decided to make Patchwork Puppets for Valentine’s Day. Our craft projects tend to be collage projects, all the materials we might need popped onto the table and after an afternoon of making and creating we were ready to show you how we made our puppets.

Art Heart Puppets - DIY recycled heart puppets, a cute and fun Valentines Art Activity for kids!

Recycled Heart Puppets – Materials Needed

  • Cardboard
  • Craft String
  • Beads
  • Project glue
  • Fabric scraps
  • Buttons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glitter

Se7en Steps to a Patchwork Puppet

recycled heart puppets (5)
We began by cutting out our heart shapes from cardboard saved from packaging boxes.

recycled heart puppets (6)
Then we threaded beads onto craft string… to create arms and legs for our happy hearts.

recycled heart puppets (4)
Keeping it simple, we just taped the arms and legs onto the back of the hearts.

recycled heart puppets (3)
Then we used glue and fabric scraps. To cover the hearts and create an almost instant patchwork. Also, we tend to water down our project glue, adding about a third more water than glue and stirring until it is mixed in… it is just a little easier to apply thinner glue, especially when some little glue lovers really like to use a LOT of glue.

Art Heart Puppets - DIY recycled heart puppets, a cute and fun Valentines Art Activity for kids!
We added faces, with buttons and pipe cleaners.

Art Heart Puppets - DIY recycled heart puppets, a cute and fun Valentines Art Activity for kids!
Sprinkles of glitter… because love needs all sorts of shimmer.

Art Heart Puppets - DIY recycled heart puppets, a cute and fun Valentines Art Activity for kids!
We added a skewer so that we could play with our puppets. They were left to dry overnight, and were ready to play with upon waking up.

We are just saying hello from the se7en blog, and we are so thrilled to be part of Red Ted Art’s 31 Days of Love Series, thank you so much. We are a family of se7en+1 kids living in sunny Cape Town, South Africa. We blog about our life and times, the things we make and do, and the adventures we go on in books and the great outdoors. You can find us on instagram where we document our every day life…

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There are also many more wonderful Valentines Decorating Ideas for kids to make here 

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