- 9 x 12 watercolor paper
- Crayola® Washable Watercolors, 24 count
- Craft Smart® Paint Brushes
- Mod Podge® Sparkle glaze
- Crayola® Gel FX Markers
- Decorative paper
- Creatology™ Chenille Stems (optional)
- 3M® Double Stick Tape
- 9 x 12 construction paper
- Draw hearts and stars on watercolor paper using a variety of gel marker colors. Make dots and patterns to add movement and interest to the design. Use watercolors to paint the larger areas to complete the painting.
- After the painting is dry, paint over the surface with Mod Podge® Sparkle. Let dry.
- Fold the painting and draw half a heart on the fold (drawing on the back of the folded painting). Cut out the positive shape heart and save the negative shape heart to use in the final design. Fold the heart and cut slits, starting at the fold, stopping ½ inch from the edge.
- Cut half-inch strips of the decorative paper and begin weaving the heart, going under and over the horizontal cuts in the heart. Alternate the strips, going over and under the next horizontal cut.
- Fold over the woven strips of paper to add a 3-dimensional look to the weaving. Use double stick tape to tape the positive and negative shape hearts to a contrasting color of construction paper. Add chenille stems or other objects for 3-dimensional embellishment.
TipsUse larger paper to make larger hearts. Embellish with feathers, buttons, or found objects that are meaningful to the child.
Craft NotesAdult supervision is required at all times.
BackgroundWeaving was an essential skill in colonial days, and earlier. Everything from baskets for gathering and storing items to clothing and blankets were made by weaving. The process was a long and tedious one. Primarily women were responsible for the clothes making process. It began with shearing sheep for wool, spinning yarn from the wool, and gathering fruits, berries and flowers to create dyes. Only then could the yarn be spun into fabric that could then be made into clothes.
Share this process with students and discuss the way the colonists used the natural materials around them to make the things they needed to survive in a new land without stores.
Have students make this woven heart to gain a better understanding of the laborious process our ancestors went through to create basic goods. Once completed, have students share what they're thankful for from the bottom of their hearts.