I love to decorate my house for the holidays. All of them. Of course, I decorate for Christmas, and I decorate for Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving. I have bins and totes full of holiday decor in my basement “box room” as my daughter calls it.
Each season, I try to have my daughter create an art project or craft that I can display. Two of my favorites are the Valentine’s Day Banner she made last year and melted crayon pumpkin she made the year before.
Together, she and I have been looking at doily art for months. I’ve seen it on Pinterest and Facebook, but we just weren’t inspired to give it a try.
We took down our Christmas stuff, and it’s time to put up our Valentine hearts.
Valentine’s Day Craft – Canvas Art
This art project is so easy to make, and it looks beautiful on our entry table. It’s relatively inexpensive, and doesn’t require much in the way of supplies. All you need is:
- a canvas (we bought a 3-pack)
- spray adhesive
- a pack of small paper doilies (heart-shaped or round–it’s up to you)
- spray paint
My daughter and I used bright pink and a pink glitter spray for our paint. We chose small cans so we wouldn’t have too much left when we were done, but you might want to choose larger cans if you have several children or if you want extra paint for other projects later.
First, spray the canvas with a base color. From our three-pack, we left one canvas white, painted one pink, and painted the third with the pink glitter paint.
Let the first coat dry thoroughly. If you need a second coat, go ahead and do it now. Then, let it dry again. If you choose a glitter paint like we did, it takes a LONG time to dry. Ours was not completely dry when we moved on to the next step, but it still turned out all right.
When your paint is dry, spray the backside of your doilies with adhesive and place them on your canvas however you choose. We tried three different configurations so we’d have a variety of designs to display.
Once you’re happy with the placement of your doilies, spray paint the canvases with your top color. We used pink on our white canvas, glitter paint on our pink canvas, and pink paint on the glitter canvas.
After about 30 seconds, remove your doilies and let the canvases dry thoroughly. We left ours in the garage overnight to dry.
Once our projects were dry, we decided they were a little bare so we scoured our craft supplies for embellishments. My daughter added just a sparkly black initial sticker to the center of hers.
I had a lot more empty space on mine so I added a sticker to the center of mine like she did. But, I also found fabric flowers in my craft space and dressed up my canvas a bit.
These canvases will look so nice on our mantel once we pull our Valentine’s box out of the basement! I can’t wait. Now there’s talk of making some to match her bedroom…
Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. Her children are 21, 16, and 11 – two boys and one girl. She is currently homeschooling her daughter – 6th grade. When she’s not blogging, Tara enjoys crocheting and snuggling up with a good book. She and her family recently moved from Texas to Ohio, and they’re having fun exploring their new surroundings. She blogs about homeschooling, motherhood, and family life on both of her blogs – Homeschool Preschool and Teaching with Children's Books.