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Stuffed Newspaper Heart Craft

Are you looking for a fun and eco-friendly craft project to try at home? Making a stuffed newspaper heart is a great way to repurpose old newspapers and create a unique decoration for your home or a thoughtful gift for a loved one. Not only is this project easy and inexpensive, but it also allows you to get creative with watercolor paints. We provide you with a free template and all the guidance you need to create your own awesome stuffed newspaper heart.

Stuffed Newspaper Heart Craft

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A stuffed newspaper heart is a great activity to keep kids of all ages busy and makes a perfect gift idea for celebrations such as Mother’s Day. It’s not only an eco-friendly and cost-effective craft project, but it also allows you to personalize the heart with your own unique touches. If making it for a gift consider the recipient’s favorite colors or patterns, or even add sentimental quotes or messages to make the heart extra special. We have included a simple I ♥ U message on the free template but you can choose to write anything you like.

Materials Needed

  • Newspaper
  • Watercolor paints (feel free to use other paints however watercolor paints tend to dry quickly and are great to use for this craft)
  • Paintbrush
  • Art pallete
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Sharpie or other pens
  • Newspaper Heart Template below (or draw your own heart)

Let’s Get Creative

Start by gathering all of the supplies listed under materials needed. Cut the heart shape and I ♥ U from the heart template. Place the heart onto a piece of newspaper and draw around the edge with a Sharpie or other pen. If writing a message on the heart you can do this now or after the paint has dried.

Use watercolor paints to paint the inside of the heart. Don’t worry if you go over the line as you will cut the heart shape out! Once dry, place another sheet of newspaper under the newspaper heart and cut around the heart outline so you have two hearts cut out.

Take the two hearts and start to staple them around the outer edges but leave a hole so you can stuff the heart without tearing the newspaper. Roll small balls of newspaper and carefully place them inside of the heart. Once sufficiently full staple the remainder of the heart.

You can adapt this project by painting both sides of the heart or drawing on different patterns with a Sharpie after the paint has dried. Try using a white crayon and then painting over it with watercolor paints to see the crayon shine through!

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