We don’t throw anything away in our house. We save cardboard tubes, egg cartons and every little scrap of paper. We work with construction paper a lot and we love to use scrapbook paper for our projects as well. Every left over piece of paper goes into a drawer in my daughter’s craft room. The drawer is full of scraps. You may wonder why we would save a drawer of scrap paper. Here is one reason that we love to hold on to these pieces.
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We dug through our drawer and found the colors and patterns of paper that we wanted to work with. We looked for larger pieces of scrap. I love the look of torn paper, so we tore our paper into different sized strips and tossed them into a box.
We cut a heart shape out of a piece of white construction paper and then used a glue stick to glue the strips onto the heart. It is ok if the strips hang off the edges. The excess will get trimmed off later.
We applied more glue on top of the strips when overlapping.
There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just cover your heart however you like. You can choose to cover your whole heart, like I did or just cover part of it, like my daughter.
When you are finished, flip your heart over and cut the excess overhanging paper off.
For our backdrops, we used a piece of watercolor paper. I glued strips of newspaper to my watercolor paper and then painted over it with watercolors.
My daughter didn’t want to use the newspaper. She painted her piece of paper in watercolors for her backdrop.
When the paint dried, we glued our hearts onto their backgrounds for a pretty piece of heart art.
My daughter used markers and continued to decorate her pretty mixed media artwork.
These are a lovely idea for making your own homemade cards for Valentine’s Day. You could scale these down and make them half the size or even smaller. This would make an adorable classroom project.
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