If you are looking for great Valentine’s Day Craft, we’ve got it. This awesomely messy craft is fun and easy and we invented it absolutely by chance. Last week as we were standing in the kitchen, looking at the soggy, colored kitchen paper towels after a Chromatography experiment, we asked what we always ask, “What else can we do with it?” We couldn’t come up with anything better than put it in a blender with some water. The resulting mushy substance proved to be incredibly fun to touch and squeeze. We pressed it into a heart cookie cutter and ended up with a beautiful 3-D heart. We decided to make more of them to give out to all our friends on Valentine’s Day! The second time around we eliminated the blender and had, even more, fun mashing things with hands. If your kids enjoy sticking their hands in gooey messes, as much as mine, they will definitely enjoy making this Valentine’s Day 3D Heart.
What you need
Kitchen paper towels
String and something to make a hole for the string (optional)
Mod Podge, glitter glue or glittery nail polish for decoration (optional)
Valentine’s Day 3D Heart
What to do
- Tear paper towel in small pieces and soak it in water for a few seconds. Feel free to stick your hands inside the mess and squeeze and mash it to your heart’s content.
- Add food coloring.
- Pick up the soggy paper towels and press inside the cookie cutter. You can use bare hands or a fork. You can use a cookie cutter of almost any kind, except the ones with very narrow parts. We tried to make a ballerina and it was hard to press enough paper towel inside her arms to make them work. Heart cookie cutter works really well.
- Squeeze the excess water out. If you don’t want to get food coloring on your hands, you can avoid it by pressing down with a spoon.
- If you are planning to hang your heart, make a hole for the string while the heart is still wet. We used a knitting needle but anything sharp will work.
You can cover the heart with Mod Podge to smooth out the grooves. (I think we will definitely use this method for creating some Christmas decorations next year).
Better yet you can cover the hearts with glitter glue or sparkly nail polish.
We started our day with chromatography, the science of separating molecules, and ended with big red hearts. That was not what we expected, but we fell in love with these hearts and now we have one of a kind gift for our friends on Valentine’s Day.
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