Kids love to paint! Sometimes it can be fun to step outside of the norm and let them paint with something other than a paintbrush. This week we made some cute eraser-stamped Valentine’s Day cards!
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Eraser-stamping is easy enough for even little ones to give it a try!
To get started stamping, you will need:
- New pencils (It’s important that the eraser hasn’t been used so it is still flat at top, and having an unsharpened pencil is safer for kids to use!)
- Paint (We tried water colors, but preferred acrylic because it was brighter.)
- Paper that is suitable for painting
How to Make This Homemade Valentine
To create our eraser-stamped Valentines, we folded our paper in half to make a card.
Then we cut out hearts from some scrap paper. To keep the heart in place during stamping, I secured it to our card with a small piece of painter’s tape.
Then it’s time for stamping!
This craft works better if you get just a little paint on the end of the pencil eraser — too much paint will make it look gloppy! I found that with both of my kids it worked better to put a little of each paint color on a paper plate for them to dip in to. Older kids may be able to just dab their pencil eraser directly into the paint pot.
To get the heart-shape to appear on your card, you will need to stamp along the heart’s edge. We chose to stamp the entire card with the pencil eraser, using a variety of colors.
Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel the heart from the card and you will have a beautiful heart image!
Write “Be Mine,” “Happy Valentine’s Day,” or the message of your choice in the open heart space. Your eraser-stamped Valentine is finished. These homemade Valentines would be cute to pass out to friends at school!
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