Kid Craft: How to Make “Shake Painting” Valentine Hearts

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Put aside the commercialised version of Valentine’s Day and use the day as an excuse for some fun and to show some more love. 

Here is a minimal-mess painting activity to help the kids join in with some of that fun and love.


Gather your supplies: 

  • Large, lidded glass or plastic jar (for younger children, empty plastic Jalna yoghurt or peanut butter jars are safer)
  • White and/or pink cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 or 3 different colours of washable paint e.g., red, pink, gold, silver
  • 3 round nuts (for glass jar) or marbles (for plastic jar) or 6 large dried beans
  • Scrap paper to protect your table
  • Heart template



  1. Measure the height of the flat part of the jar and cut the cardstock to fit inside.
  2. Add to the jar two or three drops of different coloured paint.
  3. Add the nuts, beans or marbles, screw on the lid, and shake the jar until you get the desired result. I used large macadamia nuts, so I kept checking every five shakes. 
  4. Grab the corner of the cardstock (use tweezers if you like), gently pull out of the jar, and lay out to dry on some scrap paper.
  5. Once dry, use the heart template to draw your hearts to cut around.
  6. Use your beautiful hearts for card motifs, window stickers, a chain of hearts, or for love notes placed around the house or as a little lunchbox surprise.

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