My daughter and I love finger painting together! We have an Art Day every week with a fun project to make together, and finger painting is our current favorite. I love that it’s really a sensory activity too, getting your fingers all goopy with paint as you squish it around on the paper. So really, it’s two activities in one! This week I decided to turn our creations into an adorable finger painted heart bouquet.
My daughter is still pretty young, so we use homemade edible finger paints. I love being able to make a batch whenever we need some, and that way I don’t need to worry when it gets all over her. This is our favorite recipe, but you could use another recipe or just store bought finger paints if you’d prefer, too.
For us, this was a Mommy & Me project, since my daughter isn’t to the age where she uses scissors or glue yet. But she participates in the most important part, which is of course the finger painting! If your kids are older and can use scissors and glue, they could complete more of the project. I just like to modify it for my sweet toddler.
Adorable Finger Painted Heart Bouquet
- Card stock paper
- Finger paint
- Green straws
- Small amount of cardboard (optional)
- White glue
1. Finger Painting
The first step is of course finger painting! I made a batch of homemade edible finger paints and took out a few pieces of card stock. I made finger paints in several colors: red, orange, pink, yellow, purple, aqua, and green (But again, if you prefer you could just use store-bought finger paints).
I like to put my homemade finger paints in a muffin tin to mix the colors up (since they’re edible anyway) – it’s a nice way to see all the colors. I placed green and blue on the opposite end from the rest of the colors so we could do one whole sheet of paper in green/blue for the leaves.
When we finger paint, I usually put my daughter in the tub to contain the mess. So I set her in the empty tub near me with a piece of card stock and a tray of finger paints, and we worked together to explore the texture and rub finger paint all over the paper. As soon as one piece of card stock was painted, I set it on the counter and grabbed another sheet for us to paint together. We finger painted several pieces of card stock and used lots of different colors.
When we were done we cleaned ourselves up (and I wiped down the tub). Then I set the painted sheets of card stock out of the way to dry. The homemade finger paint seems to take a while to dry, and I didn’t want to mess with it while it was wet since the paper would start to curl. So I just left it alone until fully dry before moving on to the next steps.
2. Cutting the pieces
Once the paint is fully dry, the next step is to cut out the shapes. As I mentioned, my daughter is too young for cutting with scissors so I did this step and the next one by myself during nap time.
I drew a heart shape and a leaf shape on a scrap piece of cardboard and cut them out to make stencils for my project. I ended up using three different sizes for the hearts, and two different leaf sizes, to make it look more interesting. Making a stencil to trace is totally optional, since you could just draw the shapes freehand, too.
Then I flipped the finger painted paper over to the back side and used a pencil to lightly trace the heart shape several times. You’ll want to trace enough to make plenty of pieces for your finger painted heart bouquet. On the back of the green/blue paper I traced the leaf patterns.
The next step was to cut out the pieces. I cut out one leaf per flower, but extra hearts since I wanted to glue two small hearts to some of the stems.
3. Put it together
I took out the green straws and white glue to put together our finger painted heart bouquet. The green straws act as the stems for the heart flowers. So on the back of each heart, I placed a stripe of white glue down the center and set a green straw on it to dry. I also added glue to the end of a leaf to add partway down the straw.
For some of the heart “flowers” I used one large heart, and for others I used a medium and a small glued together to the same stem. I even had three leftover small hearts and glued those together onto the same stem. It’s really up to you, I just think the variety makes it interesting. You can see my heart flowers sitting out while the glue dries in the picture below.
Once the glue on all my heart flowers were dry, I flipped over each one and they were too cute!!
I was originally planning to make one big finger painted heart bouquet, but we had so many flowers that I decided to make several smaller bouquets! The bouquet looks pretty tied together with a piece of ribbon or in a small vase.
I love how this project turned out! This finger painted heart bouquet will look lovely in our home and I think it would make a great gift, too! Wouldn’t you love to give these for Mother’s Day gifts or as homemade gifts for grandparents? All that’s needed is to finger paint, cut out the shapes, and glue the pieces together to make heart flowers.
I like how it’s such an easy project to modify based on your child’s ability. My daughter and I had so much fun finger painting together, and then I was able to finish the project myself. While kids who are older (and able to cut and glue) will be able to make the whole project with you.
Who are you going to give a finger painted heart bouquet?