painted newspaper hearts are my fave

January 30, 2013

Today’s Valentine was created by Bar Rucci.
you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Homemade Valentine’s are the best. Hearts, glitter, red & pink, what’s not to love? It brings me back to my childhood. There was nothing that made me happier as a kid than creating 20 matching (but varied) Valentine cards for my classmates. As a mom, my enthusiasm for this holiday begins the minute the Christmas tree is down.

This year, inspiration struck from the newspaper we had out on the table for a painting project. The aftermath looked so pretty, we decided to just keep going. We painted all the paper and hung it to dry. My mind was racing with the endless possibilities. What should we do with all of these beautiful pages? In the end, it just had to be hearts!

To make your own you’ll need:

– Newspaper
– Liquid Watercolor
– Brushes
– Heart Template
– Watercolor Postcards
– Scissors
– Rubber Cement

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Step 1: Paint the newspaper with the liquid watercolors and let dry. Since we work at our dining room table (that was made by hand by my neighbor’s mother in Australia!), I always lay down a big towel underneath the newspaper. But these pages can just as easily be painted on the floor, on an easel, or outside! The liquid watercolor will seep through the newspaper a little bit, but it also dries quickly.

Step 2: Create a heart template. You can cut a heart out of paper and then trace it onto heavier cardstock or cardboard. (Just make sure the heart is sized to fit the postcard.) Next, use the template to trace the hearts all over the newspaper. Then cut out the newspaper hearts.

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts
you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

Step 3: Using the same template, trace hearts onto the blank postcards with a pencil. Paint around the hearts with liquid watercolor. Encourage your child to paint over the line just a little bit. This is good practice for them to focus and paint carefully. I mixed 4 colors in the red family and instructed the kids to blend the colors as they painted so that the effect, when dry, was like ombre. For smaller children, they can paint the whole page. Make sure to use a black pen rather than a pencil, though, to trace the heart so that you can see it underneath the paint.

Step 4: Using rubber cement, coat the back of the newspaper heart and then also coat the heart on the postcard with glue. Let them both dry, then carefully place the newspaper heart within the white space left on the postcard. This gluing method is a very good trick to use if you want the glue to stick forever!

you are my fave: painted newspaper hearts

We painted 4 sheets of newspaper and were able to get 65 hearts cut out! I’m sure you will be seeing them pop up in future projects, too (mind still racing).

Have fun!

 You can find more of Bar’s art projects at Art Bar Blog or shop her card shop (hello thank you cards) at Late Night Cake.


  • On June 1, 2016 , โรงงานผลิตครีมที่ไหนดี said:

    Hello friends, its impressive piece of writing regarding cultureand fully
    defined, keep it up all the time.

  • On June 13, 2016 , เบอร์มงคล said:

    Thanks for finally writing about >painted newspaper hearts are my fave | You
    Are My Fave <Loved it!

  • On June 20, 2016 , คาร์ซีทมือสอง said:

    Superb blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring
    writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any tips? Thanks!

  • On August 7, 2016 , Lawerence said:

    Your style is unique in comparison too other folks I’veread stuff
    from. Thank you for posting whedn you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I
    will just book mark this blog.

  • On September 17, 2016 , fencing services telford said:

    You may possibly con Tact us via this site for assistance with all kinds of
    fencing services-including nearby authority, local society, or neighbour-hood panels advising on the
    selection of fencing, gates, and safety steps.

  • On September 18, 2016 , Day said:

    Loved the creative idea. We pan to try them out today. Keep u the good creativity!

  • On September 18, 2016 , Day said:

    I showed your website to my relatives and they raved over your newspaoer hearts. They, too, plan to make some. Thanks for showing us an interesting method of creating hearts.

  • On December 29, 2016 , Lauren said:

    Wondering how you get your paper so nice and smooth?? I always find with watercolour paint that the paper gets all wrinkly.

  • On December 30, 2016 , Monia said:

    We must have made a ton of painted newspaper hearts. We issued them to sick children to spread some joy. Through trial and error, and patience, we discovered how to make these hearts turn out flat rather than wrinkled. The solution? Well, we painted on each heart as we desired; then when the paint seemed dryish, we placed heavy (non-important) books or some other heavy items on top of each heart to assure flat outcomes. In some cases, to reduce chances of paint bleed-through problems, a relative glued her newspaper hearts red or white construction papers by using glue stick. Glue stick does not heavily saturate newspaper hearts the way regular bottled glue can do. Additionally, my relative preferred Pelican watercolor paints over the cheap generic watercolor paints, as far as quality of outcome. In any event, the sick children received very cheery and decorative hearts, each heart used to make a compassionate card. We all enjoyed the experience and we appreciate finding this website to learn about the whole idea.

  • On January 9, 2017 , Valentines Crafts to Make | 25 Creative Ideas that Your Kids Will Love! said:

    […] Need a great craft for the classroom?  Look how adorable these Painted Newspaper Hearts […]

  • On January 17, 2017 , Donna Thomas said:

    Love this idea!! Thanks for posting!

  • On January 31, 2017 , 6 Eco-Friendly Classroom Valentines For Earth Loving Kids said:

    […] Newspaper and paint hearts are a great way to recycle some newspaper. Aren’t they pretty? […]

  • On February 3, 2017 , Evelyn said:

    I love this idea. The painted newspaper hearts. Thank you.

  • On February 4, 2017 , Rachel Federman said:


  • On February 10, 2017 , Valentines // Newspaper Heart Postcards - ARTBAR said:

    […] I am so happy to be sharing this post on Melanie’s killer blog, You Are My Fave. Click over for more photos, full supply list, and tutorial on how to make these cards. Look around […]

  • On February 13, 2017 , CarmenRodriguez said:

    I love it. me encanta.
    Lo haré con mis peques

  • On February 14, 2017 , Rachel Federman said:

    Made these with my kids. Didn’t come out nearly as well as yours, but still a lot of fun and better than any we’ve previously tried. Thank you!

  • On May 13, 2017 , Georgianna said:

    Can I just say what a relief to find a person that truly knows what they are discussing on the net.
    You actually understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important.

    More people must look at this and understand this side of your story.

    I was surprised you’re not more popular since you most certainly possess the gift.

Leave a comment


A Darling Site