Remember the coffee filter snowflakes we made a couple of months ago? We used the same technique to make our own heart doily decorations for Valentine's Day.
First we folded the coffee filters in half and cut out half heart shapes from them (for symmetrical hearts). Then we worked with them as if they were snowflakes, folding and cutting to make various cutwork designs in the hearts. So easy! The coffee filters are wonderful for this because they are lightweight and easy for kids to cut through multiple layers, but at the same time are sturdy and can hold up to lots of handling (unlike tissue paper).
And, the other wonderful thing about the coffee filters is that they take watercolor paint really well. And the wet paint makes the ridges disappear from the coffee filters.
This time we worked on sheets of wax paper, although we've also done these over newspaper, posterboard, and directly on the table.
I love how the hearts look in the window! As with the snowflakes, Maia and I just glued these up with dabs from a glue stick (easy to wash off later).
P.S. If you are looking for other Valentine's Day ideas, I wrote about "7 Valentine's for kids to make" for my column in the current issue of WNC Parent magazine (including salt dough heart necklaces, sign language photo cards, and easy thumbprint hearts). To read the article, click here, enter page 24 in the search field at the top of the screen, then click on the page itself to make it larger and more readable. Let me know if you try any of them!
If you liked these coffee filter hearts, then you might like the other Valentine's Day crafts and recipes in The Artful Winter ebook: