Valentine's Day Easy Toddler Card Craft

What relative doesn't love opening a love note from your toddler? Sure it sounds easy to do but it just never gets done.  Am I right?

I'm showing you an easy and fast craft that will make you feel like you have your ish together as you're actually following through on your idea to send the grandparents something homemade this Valentine's Day.

My daughter is 21 months and a Picasso she is not.   My little darling is not savvy with a brush yet.  She also thinks finger painting means sticking your fingers in paint and snacking.

The wine corks we used to stamp paint were great for her! Easy to hold and she understood the concept after she saw me do it once. 

This is perfect for 18 month olds and up!   

Lemme cut straight to the magic of this project....  use scotch tape or masking tape to block out your "design".  You'll see what I'm talking about in photos below. Anything covered in tape will remain white and be free of paint. Think basic design.  Be basic every time for this design. 

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IMPORTANT: using thicker paper instead of regular printer paper will help prevent the tape from tearing the paper when removed. 

I spelled out "Love" and stenciled out a heart. SUPER BASIC STUFF. The result was a Valentine's Day card that actually resembled something Valentine'sy and not just blobs of paint smeared everywhere... and obviously brown. 

This little project is so simple but hits Valentine's Day on the nose.  We used wine corks to stamp color (saved up a bunch way quicker than respectable) and an egg carton to house the paints.  

NO CLEANING brushes or containers! I just trashed it after.  Happy. Mommy. 

My daughter was calling out what colors she wanted and loved "dipping" her corks. This can totally be done with hands, brushes or sponges FYI. 

Check out the photos below to see just how we did it.  Super easy and super fast.  Now throw a stamp on it girl and mail it to grandma for the win. 

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Looks messy but when the tape is lifted its Valentine's Day fire. 

Looks messy but when the tape is lifted its Valentine's Day fire. 

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I cut out a heart from a regular piece of paper-creating a stencil.  I taped my card to the back of the heart stencil.  My daughter covered everything in paint but when I removed the paper heart stencil cut out, we were left with this beautiful painted heart on the card.  

I cut out a heart from a regular piece of paper-creating a stencil.  I taped my card to the back of the heart stencil.  My daughter covered everything in paint but when I removed the paper heart stencil cut out, we were left with this beautiful painted heart on the card.  

My masking tape took a little of the white card off.  Looks gorgeous in person, I just pulled it off too quickly. 

My masking tape took a little of the white card off.  Looks gorgeous in person, I just pulled it off too quickly. 

Thanks for checking me out! I'd love to hear what you think!  Leave me a quick comment and let me know if you think you can tackle this with your little one. The tape is KEY to actually getting a cute design.  

A love note from a son, daughter, granddaughter, sister, brother, or cousin really will light up someone's day.  Give it a try!  xx-Becky