Welcome back to the annual 31 Days of Love series – a series to celebrate all things “Love”, from our Heart Crafts 101, to Valentine’s Decorations and Valentine’s Cards for Kids to make. Each day, I share with you a new blog and their lovely idea for Valentine’s Day! Be sure to check out their sites and find out more about them. Today, we have Bonnie from Make it Your Own, a fabulously creative arty blog.. I know you will love this fun Valentine’s Heart Wings Craft for kids, but also enjoy exploring her website. Over to Bonnie!
MAKE & PLAY: HEART SHAPED WINGS
We are SO pleased to be here with Maggy and you for 31 DAYS OF LOVE! We are a Canadian family of five with a background in digital media, art and education and we like to collaborate on projects with our three children. We often use nature, recyclables and children’s literature as a starting point. This is a seasonal twist on fairy wings for our little neighbourhood friend. Many of our projects are ones that children can “make and play” with and Valentine’s day is the perfect time to do this and give a set to a friend!
- Recognizing symbols of various cultural celebrations.
- Thinking of others.
- Re-imagining items from the recycling bin.
- Experimenting with different creating materials.
Valentine’s Heart Wings – Materials
- Large sheet of cardboard
- Glue gun/glue
- Coffee filters
- Liquid watercolours or food colouring
- Bobby pins
- Craft/Exacto knife/ Good scissors *To be used by an adult*
We always find these items helpful too:
- Craft tray
- We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
- Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct adult supervision. A craft knife should only be used by an adult.
- Small items such as bobby pins and beads can be choking hazards, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
How to make Valentine’s Heart Wings – Step by Step Instructions
- Sketch out a large heart about the size of the child’s back who is going to wear the wings. Have an adult cut out the heart, using a craft knife.
- Don your smock. Chose the colours that you would like for your wings and put the watercolour paint into the containers. The more you dilute the paint, the more soft the colours will be. Vibrant colours are achieved by less dilution, so we went somewhere in between! Dip your coffee filters into your colours (you can fold them to make it easier for little hands!). We find the quickest way to dry coffee filters is to place them on a cooling rack. Allow them to dry overnight.
- We then experimented with the placement of the filters- you could go with random arrangements or a pattern. We find this planning/experimenting step is important in projects with children, so that they can better achieve the vision that have in their imagination and manipulate it, prior to it being affixed into place.
- We glued the layers of filters onto the side that would face outwards first, starting at the bottom, overlapping them, going slightly off the edges. Once this was done we flipped the wings over and glued the edges of the filters that were outside of perimeter over. Do this by putting down the glue line, gently pulling the filter edge up and over, putting it into the glue. This creates a finished edge.
- Repeat the same process on the other side of the wings. Once the filters were in place, we then flipped the wings over and carefully trimmed the edges.
- We then glued a bobby pin into place to attach the wings to one’s shirt. Next time we do this project we would try placing the pins on the two peaks of the hearts, using smaller ones. To hold the pin firmly in place, we put a bit of felt over the length of the pin, gluing the entire piece down.
- Your wings are now ready for play!
Extra Heart Art Project for you:
Don’t recycle your cardboard stencil just yet- It is perfect for making large scale pieces! This one is going to our son’s teacher.
Use your extra filters and scraps to make a floral card to go along with your wings!
Pin this idea for later:
Here are a few more project ideas we think that you might like:
Visit and follow Bonnie here: Make it Your Own Facebook Instagram
*This project uses a simple chemical reaction for a very bubbly painting experience!
2) Squeegee Painting
This art process is a playful and inexpensive way to make wrapping paper for birthday parties or to use for collage!
Add a personal touch to a child’s bedroom, playroom or classroom with this collaborative piece where many children can create their own unique flower. It also can be a perfect keepsake project for a child’s birthday party! (And I don’t know about you, but during winter I often find myself starting to dreaming of spring!)
Thank you so much for having us! It has been lovely.
Most sincerely, The Scorer Family
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