With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I was thinking about how to turn children’s artwork into gifts.
We’re always experimenting with different painting, drawing, coloring, and art techniques. As a result, we end up with a lot of amazing artwork!
But we still end up with lots of art scraps.
Heart Jars as Gifts
I had the idea to use some scrap artwork and recycled glass jars to make heart jars.
If you have young kids, you know that scissors and glue are endlessly entertaining. And as a bonus, they are great for fine motor skills.
So for our heart jars, we drew and cut out heart shapes using scissors (my toddler just cut a lot of little scraps, but she still loved it). We also used a small heart shaped hole punch to make mini hearts.
Then the kids glued their hearts onto the jars with glue sticks.
I also added a bit of colorful cording around the top of each jar.
Since I’m always trimming my pothos plants and propagating them in water, I thought it would be fun to put a few cuttings into one of the jars. Surely all the love that went into making the jar will help them grow strong roots.
The small jar looked really sweet with a candle inside. Of course, please be cautious lighting candles around kids and only burn it under supervision.
Our heart jars turned out really sweet. I especially love the way different pieces of the kids artwork came together.
And the decoupage makes the glass look like it’s frosted, so cool!
I’m looking forward to making a few more heart jars with the kids for special Valentine’s Day gifts.
You could also put flowers, candy, special treats, love notes, or a small gift in your heart jar.
I could see this project working for other holidays too!
Winter snowflake jars would be really beautiful. It would be fun to do pressed flowers or leaves too! Even just geometric shapes or scraps glued on the jars would be fun.
And if you like making gifts, be sure and check out my Tea Calendar post featuring children’s artwork!
Speaking of jars, we recently discovered the beautiful book In a Jar by Deborah Marcero.
The story follows a little rabbit named Llewellyn as he collects memories, moments, and magic in jars and shares them with his new friend, Evelyn. When Evelyn moves away, they find a way to share new memories.
We love this story and the illustrations are whimsical and utterly enchanting!
Not to get too deep, but the story also feels like a beautiful metaphor for how bringing mindfulness and a sense of wonder to everything in life makes it easier to experience magic (even if it can’t be contained in a jar).
What Will You Make?
If you give the heart jar project a try, please share your pictures with us. We’d love to see what you create!