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 January 30, 2013 , Georgina said:

    These are adorable – I love handmade paper goods the most :)

  • On January 30, 2013 , anna said:

    these are so beautiful!!! I definitely want to make some with my girls. :)

  • On January 30, 2013 , Little Kitchie said:

    So cute! Would love to do this with my kiddos.

  • On January 30, 2013 , Michelle - Little Paper Dog said:

    I love that each one is unique. Thanks for sharing a such a fun idea with a personal touch!

  • On January 30, 2013 , Karen said:

    This is great – easy materials, kid friendly. And I love the finished products!

  • On January 30, 2013 , Meri said:

    WOW. Just wow!

  • On January 30, 2013 , Sarah Ann Noel said:

    This would be so fun to do with Iris!

  • On January 31, 2013 , corey said:

    oh man, i am so making these this weekend. i am totally in love and they are so easy! kudos! xo corey

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    These are wonderful! Totally plan on seeing if my daughters would like to give them for their cards this year!

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