A Simple Heart DIY Painting!

Ever feel like you see those Pinterest crafts and it looks super intimidating?? Well, I think this one is somewhere near the easy-medium spectrum and totally doable. It took me about 5 minutes of prep, and resulted in a fabulous little painting created by my 6 year old daughter! 

Doesn’t take too much patience from your kiddo, but I would say above the age of 4, you should be ok. I’m going to go ahead and let you be the judge of how well your kid sits still with a paintbrush. My kids have never ran around the house and just wielded the paintbrush straight to the wall, so that wasn’t a huge concern of mine….but you know your kids, so go with your gut! 

Things you need:

  • Canvas (any size you want! I just had a small 8×10″ so that’s what we used!)
  • Heart stencil (I just drew a heart on a piece of printer paper, and used that as a stencil)
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic Paint


  1. Start by making or buying a heart stencil. Use what you have! Don’t get fancy! I literally drew a heart and cut it out as my stencil! 
  2. Trace the heart onto the canvas with pencil, very lightly. 
  3. Cut the painters tape as thin as you’d like since those will determine the lines in between (you can see this better in the video!). And start taping those pieces of tape in crazy lines all over the heart to create the spaces where the paint will go! 
  4. And then let your kids do the painting! Maybe give them a little guidance on colors if you want, or let them go wild with their imaginations!
  5. Once all the painting is done, let it dry. Luckily, acrylic dries quickly so it helps with those little impatient hearts who are dying to see their masterpiece! Take off the painter’s tape slowly, and with an eraser, get rid of all of the pencil lines! 

And you have the most beautiful little masterpiece made by your kiddos!


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