With all of the snow and cold weather of the recent, I’ve turned to introducing Little Bug to water color painting. Although we’ve tried acrylic painting in the past, I’ve found it a little messy and hard to manage with Baby M around. Since I didn’t want to stifle Little Bug’s creative exploration, I decided to turn to water colors.


The best part about water color painting and toddlers is that they are a lot less messy. I found the paints were easier to contain and, once I helped get Little Bug started, she was able to create pretty independently.


With Valentine’s Day coming up, I chose doily paper hearts as our paper type. We needed a new Valentine’s Day decoration for our mantel, so I decided to string together our paper hearts and make a watercolor heart bunting.

You Will Need:

White Doily Paper Hearts
Watercolor paints (I recommend Crayola washable watercolors for they’re brilliant colors and they wash out of clothes)
Baker’s Twine


1. Paint each doily heart with water color paint.


You will need 10 to 12 painted hearts depending on the length of your mantel. Let the hearts dry.

2. Cut three to four inch lengths of baker’s twine. Tie the twine between each set of hearts to link them together.


3. Hang your heart bunting on a mantel, Valentine’s Day dessert table or along a window.

This was such a festive project to introduce water color painting. I also painted hearts with Little Bug, but I didn’t like how mine turned out. There is something about the unrestrained painting behavior of a toddler that makes this project turn out even prettier!

Happy Celebrating,

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