Heartful Art

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Heartful Art

Here’s just a little nod to my career calling in these cuties that I created years ago! They first appeared HERE. While I’m all about helping kids and teens develop more mental muscle and social emotional skills, these little bits of cuteness are too adorable not to share here, too! They’re decorative and can do double-duty, so why not?

If you have a little extra newspaper laying around, some thread, a needle and a Sharpie, you’ve got all the makings for these sweet little numbers that are as happy nesting in a bowl in the corner…as they are being strung across the mantle for a quick reminder of all the things that are important…whether it’s Valentine’s or not!

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Keep reading below, or check out the tutorial on the original post.

Here’s How To Do It:

1.  Cut out heart shapes from newspaper or old books.

2.  Decorate as you wish…black and white or full out color. We used a Sharpie.

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4.  Use crumpled up tissue paper or newspaper to stuff your heart.

5.  Stitch the sides together, leaving a space large enough to get your stuffing in.

6. Stuff, stitch the opening closed and you’re done!

Never sewn before?

Use a simple tacking stitch to attach the front and back of the hearts. Otherwise, I bet you could do this with a glue stick or a stapler.  (In fact, I know you can, because I’ve done it that way with younger kids before!)

7.  Enjoy!  Play away!  Have fun!

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If you are a parent, educator or clinician looking for more ideas to help kids grow their kindness and compassion, find some inspiration HERE!

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Looking for some “love”ly decor for Valentine’s Day?

Here’s some more cuteness here.

Click on image to learn more:

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Wendy Young is a mom of 3 who loves the farmhouse/eclectic/vintage/shabby vibe and maintains this site for fun. By day, she is a child, adolescent and family therapist, is the founder of Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids, creator of The Joyful Parent and the co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids, along with multiple workbooks for kids. Her total readership is in the millions via her online and social media venues.

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