Watercolor Hearts Made from ‘Newsprint’

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At the beginning of the year, we get all these new phone books. The phone books hardly get used to begin with, and then we have the all the old phone books as well.

So it was time to do something fun with them before just throwing them in the recycle bin. [Gotta love upcyling, right?]

Painting the pages seemed like a good idea! The boys loved this!

If you don’t have any phone books lying around that you want to ditch, use last week’s newspaper instead!

I made some simple water colors [water with food coloring] and handed them paint brushes.

The start of our watercolor hearts!

Painting newsprint [phonebooks] with watercolors to make hearts

I gave them all sorts of Valentine’s Day colors because we were going to make some watercolor hearts to hang on the window.

[Why is it that Valentine's Day has this way of filling up my windows?! I just love decorating them!]

Reds, purples, pinks, and blues, even some yellows and greens to give it some contrast.

The boys painted newsprint [phonebook] with watercolors

The boys painted in the phone books several times.

Letting them dry in between for a day or two and then painting a whole bunch more pages.

Watercolor paintings drying

It was therapeutic kind of.

George asked me to paint with him one morning and it was so enjoyable to just paint and entire page whatever colors we wanted.

watercolor hearts ready to cutout

Finally we decided it was time to cut out the hearts.

I ripped out the paper, folded them in half and drew half a heart on each one.

Henry drew a few himself too.

Cutting out the watercolor painted hearts

Henry cut them out, George started to and did a couple, but wasn’t much in the mood and just cut the scraps into little confetti pieces [that I was still cleaning up a couple days later...].

Then with some simple tape, I hung them on the window for the light to shine through!

Painting watercolor hearts to hang on the window for Valentine's Day

 

Newsprint watercolor painted hearts to hang on the window for the light to shine through

So pretty from both the inside and out!

More heart ideas for the window include:

Henry is 5.5 years old. George is 3 years old.

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