Easy Craft: Valentine Paper Heart Dishes

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These little paper heart, party dishes are such a cute and easy valentine craft, they’re sure to make your heart pitter-patter.

To create mine, I used pre-cut watercolor paper that was already heart shaped and ready to go with pre-printed watercolor resist designs. The actual product in my photos has been discontinued, but don’t worry, you can make your own. Simply cut watercolor paper into a heart shape using scissors. You’ll want them to be at least 4” big.

You can even create your own resists. I hope to do a post about all the different ways to do this soon, but until then I’ll just offer a few tips here. Acrylic paint, adhesive vinyl and art store watercolor resist are all options that work well. I really love to use vinyl that I cut on my Silhouette machine (just let your paper dry fully before pulling it, or the paper will tear). If you opt for art store watercolor resist, please know that it will ruin your brushes. Either have a dedicated brush just for resist, or use a calligraphy pen to draw it on with. Acrylic is fun because you can just leave it on the paper. This is especially great if you’ve used a pretty gold metallic. Even nail polish will work as a resist.

You’ll need to gather a few other things:

  1. Watercolor Paper cut into hearts (you could use a heart punch, or just freehand it)

  2. Watercolors

  3. Water

  4. Brushes

  5. Scissors

  6. Tape

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Once you have your paper cut into hearts, resist (if desired) in place, it’s time to paint. After the hearts are painted to your liking, let them dry.

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Once your painted hearts have dried, cut a 1/2" slit into the top of each one. Then, overlap the edges and tape in place on the backside.

Your heart is made, but it will teeter on the point, just press your thumb down into the bowl to flatten out the bottom surface a bit. 

All that's left is to fill them up with candy and invite some friends over!