This is one way to turn a process art activity, such as the shaving cream marbling we did the other day, into the base for a seasonal or holiday craft, gift, or decoration.
A few other kids’ process art activities that this would work well with, would be:
- Splatter painting
- Marble painting
- Many other action art ideas, such as painting with wheels, rollers, or electric drills
- Bubble wrap printing
- Other drawings or paintings
This time we started with shaving cream marbling and then used the beautiful marbled paper to make a slew of Valentine crafts, including cards, notebooks, and garlands.
10 Valentine Craft Ideas from Process Art
First, we punched hearts out of our marbled paper with a new 2-inch paper heart punch that I bought at the craft store (AC Moore) the other day. (I am linking to a similar one on Amazon so you can see the details and in case you want to order one.)
You can also cut hearts (or any shape) from your artwork freehand or with a heart template, of course, which is what we’ve done in the past.
But we’ve sure been having fun with our new paper heart punch!
Now that you have some hearts cut out from your process art, it’s time to get started on your Valentine craft ideas! We’ll be using these hearts for cards, notebooks, gifts, and garlands!
#1. Valentine’s Day Cards
Paste or sew your heart art onto blank cards or onto card stock to make easy Valentine’s Day cards. Add a note, such as “Happy Valentine’s Day” or “I Love You” or “Be Mine” and sign your card.
Daphne, my 7 year old, is really into this idea and has been sewing paper heart after paper heart onto blank cards for her classmates.
Some have one heart, but many have multiple hearts.
We used hearts this time, but you can make your own cards from most any child’s artwork by just folding them over or pasting a small section onto a blank card (as with these thank you cards I made of Maia’s art when she was a toddler).
#2. DIY Notebooks with Marbled Paper
You can also make simple notebooks with the marbled paper.
We’ve actually made similar DIY notebooks with marbled paper in the past and sent them to the grandmas as Mother’s Day gifts. I was reminded of this when my mom brought hers with her on her recent visit and asked for a paper refill. It was nice to see that it was loved and used!
DIY Notebook INSTRUCTIONS
- To make the notebook covers, cut a sheet of watercolor paper or card stock in half, then folded each half in half like a book.
- Sew a rectangle of marbled paper (or other process art) onto the front half of your notebook. Sew a paper heart to the center of your notebook as well, if you like.
- Cut a stack of 10 or so sheets of printer/copy paper in half. Fold each stack in half like a book and fit inside your notebook cover.
- Sew the pages to the cover along the center. All done!
Note: If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can glue the marbled paper to the notebook cover and then hand sew or even staple the pages into the notebook. Or buy mini blank books and simply glue the artwork to the front.
#3. Paper Heart Garlands
Garlands, buntings, and paper chains are easy to make and a good way to repurpose any process art into seasonal and holiday decorations.
I sewed a number of our marbled hearts together to make this garland.
But I really like this hearts paper chain over on Art Bar Blog. They are easy for kids to make with artwork strips and a stapler (great for stapler-obsessed kids!).
And, of course, you can simply turn your art into an artful bunting by cutting triangles out of the artworks, then sewing or taping them together.
#4. A Kid-Made Art Book
You can make a kids’ art book for someone special, using a variety of artworks, including process art as Meri Cherry did with her kids.
6 More Valentine Craft Ideas to Make with Kids’ Process Art
You can also repurpose children’s process art into the following which can be used for gifts or decorations.
- gift tags
- wrapping paper
- book marks
- and more!
Want more ideas? Click here for 30 Valentine Crafts and Activities for Kids (with a FREE printable list!).
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