Meaningful Family Art for Valentines Day | Easy DIY Intentional Living
Recently I shared some creative ideas to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day in simple and subtle ways and one of the ideas was to display handmade heart art by your kiddos. So today, I’m giving you a simple and easy DIY you can create with them to make for your home this season. The best part is that it’s used with materials you probably already have handy and can take as little as 5 minutes to create! This project is also meant to be one that will make a meaningful piece as you create it together, made with markings and doodles from the hands that you love most in this world that you can cherish for years to come.
So grab these materials below, put it down on the calendar, and grab some special treats to enjoy as you create something beautiful together.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Card stock paper or watercolor paper or regular printer paper
-Markers, colored pencils, watercolor paint (optional)
-Paint brushes & water (if you decided to use paints)
Each person chooses one color they want to draw or paint their hearts with. This color can be the representation of the person within the picture as you create.
Tip: Since this is a piece you’re creating to frame and put up in your home, I recommend pulling out a handful of colors that you want in the picture so it can match and fit in beautifully with the rest of the decor in your home. For me I chose neutrals, tans, brown, and light pinks here so it would still fit beautifully within the decor of our living room. This is totally optional too, so feel free to choose whatever colors mean something to you!
Once each person has chosen a color, take turns drawing hearts all over the page. They can be big & bold, subtle or patterned, small and delicate, or all of the above. Let each person create in their own unique way. Once they draw their heart on the page, pass it to the next person. This makes it extra fun to watch the art come alive as you are all sitting there creating together.
Tip: Give each person a time limit to create as much as they can within the time you give. I recommend giving 15-30 seconds each to keep it going and then pass it on to the next person.
Once you have filled the page to your heart's content (no pun intended) take a new type of medium you want to create with. For example if you made your hearts with markers before, now choose a colored pencil in a different color to create this next step with. Go around filling in the hearts with a new medium. Maybe you fill some with dots or stripes or fill it in completely with a different color than the outlines heart. Get creative with it and make it unique to your family's abilities and creativity.
Tip: Use this time to make it more intentional. As you’re coloring in your hearts, think of a question you all can answer like “How do you feel loved the most in our family”, or “What do you think love means” or “what was one way you felt loved today”. You could also go around just sharing a memory of when you felt loved the most. When we use moments like this with more intention it naturally solidifies a memory in your brain that you and your kids will be able to remember and look back on together.
Once your piece is finished and you love how it turned out, hang it up or display it within the rest of your home decor like we did here. I find that when I hang my kids' art pieces in our home it not only makes them proud to see their finished work up for everyone to see, but also creates confidence in them and instills a sense that their creativity is celebrated and adored.
I hope you love creating this project together as much as we did. And if you want more creative tips and ideas for bringing creativity, art projects, and building connections within your home then join my email list here where I send out weekly updates on all of this and more!
Tell me in the comments if you ended up doing this together and how you liked it. And tag me on instagram so I can see your finished project, I’d love to see!
Thanks so much for being here, friend!