3 Easy Heart Crafts for Preschoolers

Three Simple and Sweet Heart Craft Projects for Children

lace doily heart craft

Kids of all ages enjoy making crafts, especially if the craft is a gift for Mom, Dad or a grandparent. When making crafts with preschool children, if the craft project includes a heart, so much the better.  The three heart crafts in this article are simple enough for a toddler to tackle and will entertain crafty preschool and kindergarten age kids, too.

Choose one heart craft as a simple activity or have your preschooler craft all three projects for a special occasion such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day or Valentine's Day. In our family these lovely heart crafts have been created as Christmas ornaments and very special birthday gifts.

Laced Doily Hearts

Decorate paper doily hearts with yarn, cutouts, glitter

Laced and decorated paper doily heart craft

Paper doily heart crafts are a traditional favorite for Valentine's Day. My granddaughter made this sweet laced doily heart craft for me when she was 2 years old. 

Laced Doily Heart Craft Materials and Tools

  • White or Pink Heart Shaped Paper Doilies
  • Red or pink card stock or construction paper
  • Glitter, sequins or small paper cutout shapes: hearts, stars, flowers
  • Yarn or thin ribbon
  • Paper punch - single, hand held puncher
  • Child safe scissors
  • Craft Glue or Glue Stick

Simplified Doily Heart Craft or Ornament - Toddler Craft

The heart craft pictured above is a simplified version of this heart craft project. Toddlers will need help with punching holes and lacing; you can prepare the punched lacing holes ahead of time for very young crafters.

  1. Punch a series of evenly spaced lacing holes through the heart shaped doily, along the edge of the solid center part of the doily as shown. 
  2. Lace yarn or ribbon through the holes then tie ends in a bow on the front. 
  3. Decorate the white space inside the laced heart area with paper shapes, stickers, glitter and sequins.

Laced Doily Heart Craft Card

This version requires a bit more work and involves use of scissors and glue plus measuring and punching holes.

  1. Glue a paper heart doily to a piece of card stock, then trim around the heart shape leaving a border about 1 inch wide all the way around. 
  2. Mark a guide line lightly on the card stock midway between edge of the card and edge of doily heart shape. Mark a series of evenly spaced dots along the heart shaped line about an inch apart, then punch holes through the card stock on the dots. 
  3. Have children lace yarn or ribbon through the holes, starting at the top of the heart and working all the way around. Tie ends together in a bow on the front, or a hanger loop on the back.

Using glue or a glue stick, decorate the inner part of the doily heart with glitter, sequins, cutouts or stickers. Older children might enjoy cutting out their own small paper shapes to decorate the heart.


Paper Doilies

Classic paper lace heart shaped doilies

Classic and sweet paper lace doilies are ideal for craft projects and homemade Valentine cards. 

"Heart-shaped Paper Doilies, Pack Of 12"
Amazon.com: $1.99

Package of 12 in the package 6" x 6" heart shaped white paper doilies.

Mother's Day Crafts for Children

All New Mother's Day and Father's Day Crafts

Simple and sweet crafts for Mother's Day or Father's Day, geared toward elementary school aged children in grades 1 through 5.

All New Holiday Crafts for Mother's and Father's Day (All New Holiday Crafts for Kids)
Kathy Ross
Amazon.com: $7.15

Each craft project in this delightful book for children features helpful illustrations and step by step numbered instructions to guide kids. For children who aren't advanced readers, the simple instructions can be followed with the help of an older child, friend or parent.

Tissue Paper Heart Ornaments

Easy Heart Craft Made with Recycled Materials

Tissue paper shreds heart craft for preschool child

 I made these cute heart craft ornaments with my toddler granddaughter for Valentine's Day. We used recycled materials to make our tissue paper hearts: leftover gift wrap tissue from Christmas, cereal box cardboard, and scraps of embroidery floss

With just a little bit of help from you, a two year old can craft this easy heart paper craft ornament for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. You might even want to craft these tissue paper heart ornaments for Earth Day - they're a green craft, made from recycled materials: cereal boxes, strings and gift wrap tissue.

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Tissue Paper Heart Craft Materials

  • Recycled light weight cardboard from clean food cartons (cereal, cookie or pasta boxes)
  • New or used gift wrap tissue paper 
  • Masking tape
  • White kid-safe paint
  • 1 inch paint brush
  • Yarn, ribbon or string
  • Glitter glue

Tissue Heart Craft Ornaments Instructions

  1. Cut out simple cardboard heart shapes about 3" to 5" tall from the cardboard cartons. Make as many hearts as you'd like ornaments, in varying or same sizes. 
  2. Tear the colored tissue paper into bits about 1 inch square. Allow about a handful of tissue bits for each heart. 
  3. Cut a 12-inch length of string, ribbon or yarn. Fold in half to create a loop and use masking tape to secure the ends to the blank cardboard side (unprinted side) of each heart.
  4. Spread a coat of white (or pink, or red) paint on the printed side of each cardboard heart.
  5. While the paint is still wet, press random tissue paper bits onto a heart. Don't press down too much, just enough to make the tissue stick to the cardboard heart. The paint will act as glue. Cover the entire heart with tissue bits then set aside to dry for a few hours or overnight.
  6. After the tissue covered hearts are dry, squiggle on some swirls of glitter glue over each heart. At this point you can add a few more bits of tissue paper or sprinkle on some extra glitter.
  7. Allow hearts to dry again (we let ours dry overnight), then hang them in the window or on a door knob.

 

Fancy Card Stock

Embossed sparkly textured card stock for crafts

Embossed textures. Deep colors. Printed, translucent vellums, and unique, colorful assortments designed to inspire crafters, scrapbookers and artists.  Acid-free and lignin-free for non-yellowing, archival-quality projects.

Neenah Creative Collection 65 Specialty Cardstock, Astrobright Glistens Assortment, 35 Count, 12 X 12 Inches (46410)
Wausau Paper
Amazon.com: $9.99

5 Sheets each of Lunar Blue, Solar yellow, Rocket Red, Royal Metallics-Chalice Silver, Venus Violet, Re-Entry Red, and Gamma Green.

Suncatcher Hearts Craft

"Stained Glass" Hearts to Hang in a Window

Hearts Suncatchers Materials and Tools

  • Clear or frosted contact paper
  • Decor Bits: Torn or cut tissue paper, paper punch scraps, sequins, floss or thread, pressed flowers or leaves - pieces should be 1 inch in size or smaller for best results.
  • Ribbon or String
  • Scissors

Cut a piece of contact paper about 10 inches square.

Remove backing paper and fasten contact paper to work surface with sticky side up.

Arrange decor bits in a single layer with some slight overlapping on the contact paper.

Stick a second sheet of contact paper on top of the arrangement to create a sandwich with the decorative bits inside the contact paper sheets.

Cut out heart shapes  from the finished contact paper sandwich. You can use heart shaped cardboard templates or cookie cutters, or cut your designs free hand. Punch a hole near the top, or use tape to attach a piece of yarn than hang your suncatcher hearts in a window.

Alternate method: Don't cut the contact paper sandwich arrangement into a heart. Instead, cut out a shape from a piece of card stock to create a shaped mat and attach the sheet to the back of the mat, then stand or hang the framed suncatcher in the window.

Clear Contact Paper for Suncatcher Hearts

Genuine Contact brand adhesive film. Roll measures 18" x 75' (25 yards).

CLEAR CONTACT PAPER 18 X 75 ft (25 yd)
Learning Tools
Amazon.com: $38.58

Self-adhesive clear, non-glare film . Quick release backing with measurement grids along edges. Roll 18 x 75'"

Fun Crafts for Kids

Frugal, Green Child-Friendly Arts and Crafts

Fiskars Shape Cutting Craft Tools

Cut Fancy Shapes from Paper, Card Stock

Using a simple handheld blade holder and template jig you can cut precise shapes exactly where you want them. Great for paper crafting, cardmaking, scrapbook crafts.

Fiskars Basic Shapes Ultra ShapeXpress Starter Set (48027097)
Fiskars
Amazon.com: $27.35

Great basic crafting tool for beginners. Allows for template cuts or freehand cuts. Kit includes cutting tool, cutting mat and four templates.

Heart Shape Craft Punches

Hearts Galore

Cut out hearts in many different sizes using hand punches with heart shaped dies.

Fiskars 1/4 Inch Heart Hand Punch (23607097J)
Fiskars
Amazon.com: $4.89

Tiny hearts, heart confetti maker or use a heart shaped hole instead of a round hole for hang tags. Punch a bunch of hearts in a row and thread with narrow ribbon.

Martha Stewart Crafts Heart Punch
EKS
Amazon.com: $10.32

1 inch heart shapes perfect for little embellishments, table scatter, collage or big heart shaped confetti.

Uchida LV-SJCP01 Clever Lever Super Jumbo Craft Punch, Heart
Uchida
Amazon.com: $11.53

2-inch hearts (measured diagonally) punch cleanly. Make stickers or cupcake topper flags in heart shapes with this punch.

Uchida LV-MGCP66 Clever Lever Mega Craft Punch, Scalloped Heart
Uchida
Amazon.com: $16.35

Big 2.5-inch scallop edge hearts. Fancy borders all around the edges of these big heart shapes. Nice for stickers, picture frame mats or gift tags.

Martha Stewart Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Lace Heart
Notions - In Network
Amazon.com: $11.99

Heart border edge puncher. Create a sweet heart border along the edge of your paper or card stock with this edge puncher.

We Welcome Your Heart Felt Comments

Have you created unique heart crafts with your preschool artist>

In our family the kids love making crafts and if the craft involves hearts, they're completely smitten with the project. Have you tried any or all of the heart crafts ideas here, or do you have a favorite heart craft activity to share?

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Tina on said:
I will definitely show this to my niece!
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Simple and effective. They are beautiful!
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Some great ideas here, I will send the link to my friend who is a kindergarten teacher!
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Pastiche on said:
Thanks! My grandchildren are great inspirations to me when it comes to arts and crafts.
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Hi I love this page but figured I had better mention that one of your large flickr images has disappeared. (Flickr is so darn fickle lately lol). Have a great day.
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Rose on said:
I'm pretty sure that the main use for doilies these days is for making craft projects! I loved the little heart doily at the top.
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Rochelle on said:
These heart crafts are so sweet! I'm smiling at the thought of my little preschooler possibly coming home with them.
Doilies remind me of napkins or head coverings, but it's a cute idea to use them for preschool crafts.
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Bonita on said:
These look like fun and easy crafts that kids would enjoy.
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Seelyon on said:
This projects look like lots of fun, great leaf!

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