Let’s make this easy valentine doily craft using colorful Do-A-Dot markers (or paint)! No two pieces are the same, and they’re gorgeous every time.
This easy valentine doily craft is fun for all ages
Here’s how this all started: we had a pack of doilies that had to have been from at least 1993 that had just collected dust. So every year I thought, “I’m going to use those this year!” and then one thing led to another, and one million years a row, they were still unused.
But in 2019, everything changed. *cue dramatic music*
My sweet, brilliant friend Katy (her Instagram account @prekwolfpack is glorious) shared this project…and then we ran out of doilies.
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Look no further for the best easy valentine doily craft
If you’ve been here for a while, you probably know that Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday.
Because it’s my favorite holiday, I absolutely can never, ever get enough Valentine’s Day projects! I have done soooo many.
From candy heart smashing to DIY Valentine’s Day crayons, I’ve done MANY valentine projects, and these doily hearts are always near the top of my favorites!
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- Heart doilies (any size, but make sure they’re smaller than your white paper)
- Do-A-Dot markers
- White paper
- Tape down the doily: you don’t want it to move around while you’re working, so first begin by making a couple of tape bubbles, stick them to the underside of the doily, and press + smooth onto your white paper.
- Daub your heart out: time to add the color! Invite your littles to use the Do-A-Dot markers to add color all over the paper. Make sure that color is added all the way around the heart, too.
- Lift doily to reveal heart: Time to see the heart! Have your child lift the heart doily off the white paper and audibly gasp at the gorgeous heart left behind. This whole process is a blast! Most of our students ask to make more than one of these because they’re very fun (and that reveal always feels a little magical).
This whole process is a blast! Most of our students ask to make more than one of these because they’re very fun (and that reveal always feels a little magical).
What kind of art is happening here?
This type of art is called negative space.
When looking at a finished paper, the subject of the piece (the thing you immediately “see”) is the heart…but you didn’t actually make a heart. Instead, you added color around the heart, and by doing so, you created a negative space heart.
Isn’t that so cool?
These blue tape snowflakes are negative space, too!
What if I don’t have doilies?
Just cut a heart shape out of paper!
Doilies are beautiful for this project because they have pretty, intricate designs around their edges, but making a negative space heart with Do-A-Dot markers works just as beautifully with a plan heart cut out of paper.
In fact, you could make ANY shape! For example, maybe your child would love to cut out the shape of a cat, a house, a race car, or a…
We love, love, love this easy doily valentine craft (and so will you!)
This was definitely a love-at-first-sight project, and I look forward to pulling out the goodies to make these every February.
They’re truly “a-doil-able!”