Kids art project perfect for Valentine's Day

Kids art project

Looking for a simple handmade kids craft idea to give to someone for Valentine's Day? This is the perfect kids project, that's fun, easy to do, not time consuming and ends up looking great.  A perfect gift to give to your child's favorite teacher or Grandma/Grandpa for this upcoming holiday (or any day!). 
You will need:
1. 1- 5x7 canvas, you can usually buy two of these at a time, great for siblings!
2. 1- black or brown oil based Sharpie paint marker
3. 2- different colored ink pads
4. 1- heart shape stencil
5. 1- piece of card stock, any color

First draw your tree with your Sharpie paint marker,  lay the heart stencil down so you can visualize where the branches should go.  You don't want branches under the stencil or touching the sides.

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Next, using your stencil and card stock, draw and cut out your heart so you're basically making another heart stencil.  Technically, you can just use your heart stencil but I didn't want my original to get ink all over it, so I made another one.  Lay the stencil on the canvas and tape it so it stays in place.  Then break out the ink pads and get them ready.

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My son knows I like blue so whenever he gets the option to pick a color he does his Mama proud (que the collective internet sigh)!  Once your stencil is taped down, it's time to start "stamping" with thumb prints.  Continue until all the white space in the heart is filled with different colored fingerprints.
 

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When you're done you have a cute little heart tree canvas suitable for hanging up and one really proud kiddo.  Look at these smiles, art makes everyone happy!  Try different color combinations for different kids and give someone a whole forest of heart trees.  If you try this at home show me what you made, I'd love to see it!