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Valentine’s Day is coming up… what a great opportunity to connect with your kids by making a special craft!
One of our favorite ideas, a Mixed Media Valentine’s Frame, can be put together in under an hour, and is a great project for upcycling any leftover art supplies. Best of all, this activity can be shared with artists of all ages!
A new or recycled picture frame, school glue, scissors, colorful paper or tissue paper, a permanent marker, and decorations. We like glitter, jewels, buttons, ribbons, fabric and beads: this is a great time to be creative with what you may have on hand.
Gather your materials. Tip: If using paint or glitter, it is helpful to put down newspaper.
Depending on the age of your kids, have them or help them cut a base layer of paper in 1” to ½” size pieces to be adhered to the frame. Tip: if your frame is not flat, tissue paper might be a great material to use.
Glue your paper layer to the frame. This paper layer is the base, so it does not need to be perfect! Tip: while using glue, put a little in a small container such as a cupcake liner, and brush it on as you go.
Build your top layer by adding your decorations. Tip: lay out your decorations completely before gluing them on.
To finish your project, decide whether you want to put a photograph in the frame, or if you would like to draw a picture or write a special message… it’s up to you!