The Adventure Starts Here: Toddler Crafts | Valentine's Day "LOVE" Canvas

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Toddler Crafts | Valentine's Day "LOVE" Canvas

I'm back today with another painting/canvas art project today.  I think this would make an awesome Valentine's Day gift from a child to either a parent or a grandparent.  Noah decided he wanted to give the one he made to daddy, saying that he would "tell daddy I love him, and give him two hugs" :)  And in case you are worried that we just ruined the surprise for him, Noah was so excited that he decided to give it to him early.  

For this project, I used an 11x14 canvas.  (I found them on sale, a set of 7 for $12.99, at Michaels). I then took some washi tape to spell out the L, V, and E.  

Crafting Tip: To make the heart, I've come up with a new method, that in my humble opinion is rather genius!  I honestly can't believe I hadn't thought of this earlier since we use contact paper quite a bit over here.  You take your contact paper (the clear sticky stuff we used to cover text books with), draw whatever image you want, in this case a heart, and then cut it out.  You stick it onto the canvas, and even though it's clear, it acts the same as the washi tape and "resists the paint".    

Once I had "LOVE" positioned the way I wanted, I gave the canvas to Noah and squirted some red, pink, and purple paint on a paper plate for him.  Then I just let him have fun and paint all over the canvas.  

Crafting tip: I am all for an easy clean up, so I use paper plates and cover Noah's table with kraft paper.   That way when we are finished I just scoop up the "tablecloth" and throw everything in the trash.   

Once everything was covered, I thought it would be fun to add some of his handprints.  Usually I use fingerprint to do this, but since I wanted them to stand out, I used the white tempura paint I had on hand (I only have finger paint in red, blue, green, and yellow).  In order to get 4 handprints, I had to reapply the white paint to his hand twice.  I just have him stretch out his fingers and paint it on using a paintbrush.  

Crafting tip:  Have wipes nearby to clean up their hands.  I still recommend washing their hands with soap and water in the sink, but this way you avoid paint getting on your clothes, furniture, or walls as they walk to the sink.

A few hours later and everything was dry.  I removed the tape and the contact paper, and while there was a little paint bleeding through, I am thrilled with how it turned out!  I can't wait to add this to Noah's play room gallery wall along with his snowflake canvas :)

I am linking up with a bunch of my blogging friends (Work it Mommy//Tickled Pink//Sweet Turtle Soup//Our Pretty Little Girls) for their Teaching Together Blog Hop.

Tickled Pink


  1. Adorable! Using paper plates and paper to cover things up us a great idea for keeping the mess down. And I love that you added his handprints at the end!

  2. great idea with the contact paper. I have a nice big ol roll of that. Definitely clever. I've done odd things with overlapping tape and then using a knife to cut out shapes. Not as simple.

  3. Very cute! Genius idea to use the contact paper!

  4. Aw this is SO so sweet!! I'm definitely going to have to steal this. I know both girls would LOVE to do this! :)

  5. This is darling! I like the alternative to the handprint/feet LOVE print thats everywhere right now. And I totally do the butcher paper tablecloth for easy clean up!

  6. I love it! His little handprints are my favorite part. It's a beautiful gift! :)

  7. SO cute!!! I seriously need to get on the canvas painting! I bet your play room looks so cute with all the canvases up!

  8. Love, love, love and those hand prints?! Definitely my favorite part.


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