Art Ideas For Kids – Heart Sun Catchers

Heart Sun Catchers - a fun art idea for kids, great for Valentine's Day or Mother's DayI love art ideas for kids that are simple and work across the age ranges. These pretty Heart Sun Catchers / Window Pictures do just that!

You make these Heart Sun Catchers using a really simple painting technique which means that even tiny tots can get involved yet it can also be detailed and intricate for older children too, if they want more of a challenge.

I love that these window pictures can be made in all sorts of sizes, so individuals might want to make little ones or if you have a few children or are working in an early years setting or school you could just as easily make enormous collaborative art pieces too.

They’re fun to make anytime of the year and make really nice gifts. I think they lend themselves very well to Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day don’t you?

Art Ideas For Kids – How To Make Hearts Sun Catchers/Window Pictures

Supplies To Make A Heart Sun Catcher/Window Picture

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Method For Making A Heart Sun Catcher/Window Picture

In the Autumn I used a similar method to make our Autumn Window Art. I made a video below which details the method for those of you that like to ‘see’ rather than ‘read’ instructions. In the video we used leaves and sponges, which we swapped for heart cut-outs and brushes in this art piece. Scroll on down for written instructions.

 

  1. Cut two pieces of sticky back plastic to your desired size.
  2. Put one piece of sticky back plastic to one side, you won’t need it until the end. Keeping the paper backing on the plastic, use the Blu Tack to secure the plastic to the table, paper side down, plastic side up. You don’t want it curling up as it’s being painted.
  3. Cut out some hearts from the paper and blue tack them onto the sticky back plastic to stop them moving around when you add the paint.Heart Sun Catchers - a fun art idea for kids, great for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day Heart Sun Catchers - a fun art idea for kids, great for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day
  4. Choose your selection of paint colours and dab the brushes up and down all over the plastic. Young children will probably find large brushes easier but older children might prefer to work with smaller brushes or a collection of sizes. They can be really random with the paint dabbing or follow a pattern. It’s a great kid’s art activity that children can adapt to their own level and interest.Heart Sun Catchers - a fun art idea for kids, great for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day Heart Sun Catchers - a fun art idea for kids, great for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day Heart Sun Catchers - a fun art idea for kids, great for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day
  5. Top Tip: Make sure your children know to use a dabbing motion, up and down, up and down. If they go from side to side they’ll knock the hearts out of place or sneak paint under them which will spoil the silhouette. Think of all that lovely fine motor skill experience they’re getting!
  6. Continue until all of the plastic is covered. We used acrylic paints and they only needed one layer but other paints may need a couple of layers. When the plastic sheet is covered in paint leave it to dry.
  7. Once the paint is completely dry gently lift off the paper hearts. You should be left with some beautiful heart silhouettes.
  8. Remember that piece of sticky back plastic we put to one side at the beginning? Now you need to remove its backing and stick that on top of the paint to seal it in. Watch the video to see how to easily do it to avoid lumps and bumps in the plastic.
  9. Now your lovely heart window art is ready to go on display. Simply peel off the paper backing and pop it on a window. How pretty is that?

Additional Craft

Did you notice the paper hearts you took off your window art? We thought ours looked so pretty that rather than throw them away we mounted them onto cardstock and make greeting cards out of them.

Cute Love Heart Cards - a fun art idea for kids, great for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day

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Comments

  1. Oh these are lovely!

  2. Great idea and nice and simple too

  3. I love any craft idea that will keep our grandkids busy and out of trouble while they are visiting. Thank you so much for this idea.

  4. What a lovely idea the sun catcher is!

  5. Ooh I have never seen anything like that before, so pretty!

  6. This is beautiful

  7. These look ace. Girls love window things as we have low windows. This would be a perfect make!! x

  8. Some lovely ideas and very pretty, I simply love sun catchers/

  9. I love that window covering, its so pretty – fab ideas for last minute :) x

  10. Great idea, but I just spotted your bubble wrap painting – Love It!

  11. This looks like loads of fun. Very pretty, I will have to remember this for when Baby gets bigger x

  12. This is such a lovely idea. I can’t hear of sticky back plastic without thinking Blue Peter.

  13. What a gorgeous idea! We’re out of sticky backed plastic so I might not be able to get my two to do this tomorrow…but the weekend beckons!

  14. I love projects where children build up colours as it always looks so impressive and this craft is such a fantastic idea. I never thought of painting on contact paper. The to make it even better you can use the templates to make a card, such a great use of something that would otherwise be thrown away. Love it x

  15. What a great idea and so simple too – fabulous. Always good to make something nice and bright as well :)

  16. I want to do a suncatcher myself as they look great – my son will not entertain paint or crafting at all yet. But me, I could spend a lovely morning making these :)

  17. Love that card – so cute

  18. I love making sun catchers and this is such a wonderful idea

  19. really quite liking that card! could be used with any shape too.

  20. Such a brilliant and clever idea – and I had no idea that sticky back plastic is called contact paper in the US. You learn something new every day… :)

  21. What a cute idea – I love it – and that you made good use of the hearts afterwards.

  22. Great idea and lovely vid, Em! You’re a natural on camera and your demo is really clear. I shall try this with the kids :)

  23. They look so good wish I had done something like that with the kids. x

  24. I was drawn to your blog by its cute name and I’m so glad I visited. Stunning photos and wonderfully clear tutorials. I have missed Valentine’s Day, but would be a lovely Easter project too.

  25. What a great craft for Mother’s Day! Pinning and sharing! TY, again, for sharing with us via FB!

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