Glittery Valentines Day Process Art

We have been making lots of Valentines themed arts and crafts lately. This one is so simple but came out looking so pretty and effective, we were really pleased with the result. Even the youngest toddlers would be able to help make one of these. It’s a fun process art project, and if you have a fairly large canvas then it can easily be a collaborative project too.


To get started, the children mixed their own paint in Valentines or love themed colours, using red and white, similar to the paint they made for our Valentines mirror painting project. After mixing a colour that they were happy with, they added lots of fine glitter in gold and mixed it all into the paint. This gives some lovely texture and shine to the paint. You can also paint and then sprinkle glitter all over the finished canvas if you prefer – both ways look great!

Here are some of the supplies in case you need to order

  • Washable ready mix paints (UK / US)
  • Paint brushes (UK / US)
  • Fine glitter (UK / US)

Since the paint is textured and shiny, it looks so pretty however the children cover the canvas. The random brush strokes just add to the effect, and as I mentioned it works well for a couple of children to do together. My 5 and 3 year old both helped with this one, working together to cover the whole space.

shiny pink process art canvasOnce the paint has dried, it looks pretty even just as it is but we decided to add some shiny letters to compliment the theme.

We used gold card to cut out “Love” with a heart for the O but you could put whatever you like, “mum” or “dad” if children are making as a gift for parents, or their own name would work nicely too.

Kid made process art for Valentines day textured "love" canvas
Pva glue was not working well with the textured canvas – it just was not strong enough. Hot glue may do the job, but we ended up just using double sided tape to stick down the letters. Sticky pads would do the same job too, and like the tape they will lift the letters a bit, adding even more texture and depth.

Very simple and easy with great results. I’m sure we will mix this up with different colours for different seasons. Coincidentally, I saw something similar at My Nearest and Dearest, where her 4 year old made a night sky themed process art canvas which I love!

Kid made "love" process art canvas for Valentines day


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More Valentine’s Day Fun

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous friends to bring you even more ideas to make Valentine’s Day 2015 extra special!

  • 14 Ways in 14 Days: Tell your kids “I Love You” with the gift of time – Pam has come up with this wonderful idea to inspire you to spend the first 14 days in February showing your children how much they mean to you. And she has even included a FREE set of cards you can use to put this into action!
  • Valentine’s Day Books for Kids of All Ages – What better way to encourage a love for books and reading than to read books about love and Valentine’s Day! Cindy has rounded up some fabulous picture books and chapter books that kids of all ages will love.
  • 14 Heart-filled Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers – Valentine’s Day is a great time to help your toddlers learn all about hearts and love so Clare has put together a collection of fun-filled activities that toddlers (and older kids) will enjoy!
  • Kid Made Valentine’s Process Art Canvas – Oh my this art project is gorgeous, and kids of all ages should have fun making this. Anna thinks it would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for daddy or grandma – and I agree!
  • Valentines for Boys – If your boy hates Valentine’s because it’s all pink and full of hearts you might just change his mind with these FREE printables that Sheila and her son have put together.
  • Valentine’s Day Science Fun – And let’s finish up with some Valentine’s Day science over at Colleen’s place!

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