How to Make Stencils for a Valentine Painting Activity

You can easily make a heart shape stencil for a Valentine painting activity with preschoolers. Painting with stencils is a fun way to engage kids in a creative art process while supporting fine motor and sensory play. 

Painting with stencils preschool art activity

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Valentine's Day is one of our favorite times of year for crafting. The colors and textures of craft materials provide a ready invitation for kids and grownups to engage in art projects. 

Painting with stencils is a great creative art activity for kids. Stencils are easy to make, and fun to use. Kids will love discovering the picture that appears when they lift the stencil off the paper!

Painting with stencils

A painting activity with heart shape stencils is a perfect go-to activity for a Valentine theme. 

Stencils provide a pattern for painting heart shapes on cards and pictures. Share homemade cards with family and friends or make decorations for the home or classroom, to celebrate this special day.

How to make stencils


Cut a heart shape from folded sheet of paper


1. Fold a piece of 8 x 11 1/2 inch card stock in half. Cut out half a heart shape on the fold.

If kids are cutting out the stencil, draw a half-heart shape with a marker or crayon for kids to cut out.


Cut out the middle portion of the heart template to make a stencil


2. Cut out the center of the template, leaving up to a 1 inch (2.5 cm) border.


Heart stencil made with cardstock


3. Unfold the heart to reveal a stencil.


Place the stencil on white paper to make a heart painting

4. Tape the heart stencil to a sheet of paper.  Paint inside the stencil - and outside if preferred.

5. Carefully lift the stencil to reveal the beautiful heart shape!

Paint with heart shaped stencils in different sizes


Make a Valentine collage with various sizes of stencils.

Shake a bit of glitter over the design before the paint dries to make the hearts sparkle.

Heart shaped stencils Valentine paintings for kids

Hang up your paintings to decorate for Valentine's Day!


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