Simple Heart Sun Catchers

Simple art project with items from around the house. *Love these heart sun catchers!

This post is sponsored by Melissa & Doug.Are you making handmade Valentines this year? Yeah, I’d like to say we’ve got grand creative plans, but we are simply *not* that organized and on top of things at our house. I am still recovering from helping the girls write their own Christmas cards in December. This year, skip the pressure of orchestrating twenty-plus handmade cards. Instead, try a few laid back Valentine’s Day projects to celebrate cupid’s arrival. Rather than feeling rushed to meet the classroom quota, relax and enjoy some simple painting with your little one.

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. { Thich Nhat Hanh }

Below is a SUPER SIMPLE Play Recipe for creating Heart Sun Catchers with items you already have in your home.

Heart Sun Catchers
Recipe type: Painting
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Serves: A family
This simple art project will add a bit of color into your home!
  • Kid-friendly Scissors
  • Paint (Acrylic or Watercolors)
  • Tape
  • Filters
  1. Cover your table with a waterproof tablecloth. *We use an old shower curtain!
  2. Fold coffee filters in half and cut out heart shape.
  3. Paint hearts in a variety of colors.
  4. Allow painted hearts to dry completely.
  5. Hang Heart Sun Catchers in a sunny window with tape.

Additional tips:

1. Usually people use watercolor paints when working with coffee filter art. We wanted to ensure our Heart Sun Catchers were vibrant so we experimented with Melissa & Doug Poster Paints. Mixing water with acrylic or poster paint is a great way to get vibrant colors.We started with a 50/50 ratio and adjusted as needed.
Simple art project with items from around the house. *Love these heart sun catchers!

2. Pull out the markers. Have your child draw on the coffee filters and then “paint” with straight water afterwards. It creates a cool Tye-die effect [Instagram].

3. Don’t forget the crayons or oil pastels. Have your children draw on their coffee filters first and paint over them second. This is an easy multimedia project that inspires creativity.

4. Grab the salt shaker. Sprinkling salt onto water based paintings always creates an artistic effect.

Simple Heart Sun Catchers

5. Ants in the pants? Are your kids super excited to hang their Heart Sun Catchers RIGHT NOW? Try placing your paintings near a floor heating vent to speed-up the drying process. Continue to flip the paintings to ensure they don’t stick to your art mats!

Simple art project with items from around the house. *Love these heart sun catchers!6. Consider placing the Heart Sun Catchers on your front window. We decorate our street-side bay window each year and the girls literally beam with pride. Looking for additional inspiration? Below are a few other simple Valentine’s Day projects:

Follow our Love & Heart Pinterest board for ongoing holiday inspiration.

Are you doing any fun Valentine’s Day projects with your family?

I’d love if you’d share what you are up to in the comments. Let’s chat.


P.S. Find these featured Melissa & Doug supplies online here:

Melissa & Doug Painting Supplies

Child-Safe Scissor Set | Jumbo Watercolor Paint Set | Washable Poster Paint

This post is sponsored by Melissa & Doug. 2013 Blog Ambassador | Let’s Lasso the Moon is proud to be part of the 2013 Blog Ambassador program. We worked hard alongside Melissa & Doug to explore fun ways to keep children inquisitive and to promote classic creative play. Click here to read our full sponsorship disclosure. See all Blog Ambassador posts by Zina on Melissa & Doug’s blog Playtime Press.

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Coffee Filter Art *We have all this stuff. So simple. Making these with the kids.


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