Pom Pom Painting + DIY Heart Garland
Valentine's Day has been one of my favorite holidays for awhile now, however, it is one holiday/season that I never feel like I have enough décor for. I'm always kind of ready to do away with the "winter" décor but it's also waaaayy too early to put out spring when you live in Minnesota. I finally bought a few little things (thanks to the Target dollar spot) this year since we got new shelves in our kitchen and I really wanted them to be festive. In addition to these things, I thought it might be fun to turn one of Kade's art projects into a little Valentine's garland. This way, everybody wins- he is busy, entertained, and having fun, and mama gets some new décor that will always have a little extra sentimental value. ;)
- Red, pink, & purple paint (I like to use non-toxic "Poster Paint" that I find in the craft aisle at Target)
- Something to put paint in
- Red, pink, & purple pom pom
- 3 clothespins
- White cardstock
- Small heart shape to use as tracer (we used a small cookie cutter)
- Scotch tape
The whole project started with me attempting to mix blue and red (and a little white) paint to make purple. It was more difficult than I thought it would be and I'm not super thrilled with the purple color I ended up with but it was the best I could do. I also had to mix red and white to make pink but that was WAY easier. I used a 6 cup muffin tin for our paint, clipped a red, purple, and pink pom to 3 different clothespins, and set them in the muffin tin.
I taped a piece of white cardstock to our table and showed Kade how to "make polka dots" all over the paper with the different colored poms/paint. We had to talk about how NOT to actually try squeezing the clothespins this time as these were his paintbrushes. I did have to re-adjust the poms a few times the more aggressive he got with his polka dots. ;) He ditched the poms at one point and decided to do some finger painting. I also typically have to encourage him to cover ALL the white space on his paper because he tends to paint/color in the same spot the whole time. I rotate the paper for him sometimes too which helps. We ended up going through 3-4 pieces of cardstock so we had plenty of space for heart tracing. PS the lighting is not great in these photos because we did this activity during a huge snowstorm that provided us with about 13-14 inches of snow!
Once the paintings all dried, I used a small, heart-shaped cookie cutter to trace on cardstock and create a pattern. I didn't want to trace the cookie cutter each time because it was kind of awkward to hold and I felt like just a piece of heart-shaped cardstock would be easier. I used a black pen to trace as many hearts as I could fit on each painting.
Thanks to the help of my mom who was here visiting for the week, we cut all the hearts out. :)
Next, I picked out what string I wanted to use, and laid/spaced it all out to decide how long I wanted the garland and how far apart I wanted the hearts to be. I definitely did not use all of the hearts but have plenty of extra to make more banners if I decide to do so.
LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES -- DO NOT TAPE YOUR STRING WHERE MINE IS TAPED IN THE PICTURE ABOVE. I had to go back and re-do it. The hearts were too top heavy and didn't hang right. You will need to tape the string way closer to the top of the hearts. I ended up taping mine right underneath the "v" part of the hearts and that worked way better. After this, you're done! All you need to do is decide where you want to hang your garland. :) We decided to add ours in Kade's room by all of his Valentine books. Keep your eyes peeled for another post coming soon featuring this year's favorite Valentine books!