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I'm Leah--wife, mother, editor, writer, photographer, and rickrack apologist. There's craftiness in my DNA, but between the kids and my work and the house and the television and my blogs (http://www.agirlandaboy and, among others), I have to keep my projects quick and easy if I hope to finish them before my boys (born December 2008 and July 2012) graduate from college. You're a working mom and you're busy too, but if you still want to get your craft on, join me here for some fun projects!

The “Heart” Stamp of Approval: Easy Valentine Craft

Categories: activity, diy, paint, upcycle

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Here’s a quick and easy craft for Valentine’s Day, or any day you want to celebrate love and hearts and color and art-messy kid-hands. We started making these and couldn’t stop.


What you’ll need:

–empty toilet paper tubes
–washable, nontoxic craft paint

It seriously doesn’t get any easier than this.

Step 1: Pinch your empty toilet paper tube into the shape of a heart. There’s no trick to it, just pinch and crease until it looks right.


Step 2: Spread out some globs of craft paint on a plate and let your kids get to stamping.


My five-year-old got really creative, making the stamps into balloons, flowers, and butterfly wings with the help of some markers (and, yes, a superhero mask).



I even let the baby do it.



He had a ball.


This was a fun before-bedtime craft that took about three minutes to set up and three minutes to clean up and kept both kids happy for a good long while in between. That’s what I call a Winner After Chicken Dinner.



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