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Coffee Filter Hearts – Colorful Valentine Art for the Window

by Jean Van't Hul
February 1, 2011
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Coffee filter hearts make a colorful Valentine’s Day project for kids.
How to Make Coffee Filter Hearts

Remember the coffee filter snowflakes we made a couple of months ago? We used the same technique to make our own coffee filter heart decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Painted Coffee Filter Hearts

How to Make Coffee Filter Hearts

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

Cutting heart from coffee filter

1. Fold & cut coffee filter into heart shape

First, we folded the coffee filters in half and cut out half heart shapes from them (for symmetrical Valentine’s Day hearts).

2. Fold & cut designs

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. Even though they are lightweight, they are also sturdy and can hold up to lots of handling (unlike tissue paper).

Painting coffee filter hearts

3. Paint with watercolors

And the other wonderful thing about the coffee filters is that they take watercolor paint really well. The wet paint makes the ridges disappear from the coffee filters.

Girl Painting Coffee Filter Hearts

This time we worked on sheets of wax paper, although we’ve also done these over newspaper, posterboard, and directly on the table (watercolor is a pretty easy clean up).

I love how the Valentine’s Day 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).

Painted Coffee Filter Hearts

Framed Coffee Filter Hearts

Maia painted about twenty of these coffee filter hearts that she told me were to sew on my shirts. She was really very insistent about this — that she had made all these beautiful hearts for me and she wanted me to sew them on my t-shirts.

I was touched, but explained that since they were made of paper, they would disintegrate as soon as they were washed.

So we talked about other ways to use the hearts. She didn’t want to hang them in the window.

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Finally, I asked her if she would like to frame them and hang them on the wall. Yes!

I brought out a few acrylic box frames from our stash and she arranged the hearts carefully in them. We now have a collection of painted hearts hanging in our bedroom!

Painted coffee filter hearts
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