Valentine's Heart Envelopes - A Simple Craft in Watercolor and Weaving

Valentine's Heart Envelopes - A Simple Craft in Watercolor and Weaving

Valentine's Heart Envelopes - A Simple Craft in Watercolor and Weaving

Valentine's Heart Envelopes

A Simple Craft in Watercolor and Weaving
 

These beloved woven Valentine’s envelopes are a staple in most Waldorf kindergarten classrooms in February, and are a wonderfully simple and affordable craft project to do at home with your little ones!






What You'll Need:

  • Watercolor paper (cut into 8.5 x 11" sheets)

  • Watercolor paint & a paint brush

  • Scissors
  • Ribbon for the handle

 


Steps

Begin by dampening your watercolor paper with a wet sponge. You can also do this by soaking the paper in a shallow tray of water for 10 to 15 minutes. 

When fully damp but not dripping wet, lay the watercolor paper flat onto your working surface. Dip your paintbrush into a paint color of choice, and begin painting! Let your paper dry in place. Once dry to the touch, you are ready to begin weaving! 


     

    Print the Heart Template. Fold the template in ½.
    Fold your dry painted paper exactly as you folded the template.

    Stack the template on top of your painted paper, and use the template as a cutting guide to cut out your heart pieces.

      



    Stack the template on top of your painted paper, and use the template as a cutting guide to cut out your heart pieces.




    You should have two folded, cut pieces of painted watercolor paper. 
    The weaving part may be a bit tricky at first, but once the first row is done the weaving will become much easier. 

      

     

    Alternate weaving the “loops” through and around each other in each row. You will end up with a heart that opens up at the top.

     

     

    Use a needle or hole punch to make a hole for the handle, loop in your ribbon, and you have a beautiful handwoven, hand-painted envelope! 

     

     

    Your little one can use their envelope to hold Valentine’s cards they receive from their friends, or you can tuck treats or little notes inside and give it as a gift to your special Valentine.

     

     

    Our Mini Butterfly Playsilk shown above makes a sweet Valentine surprise! Or you can dye your own Playsilks using our White Playsilks below!

    Happy weaving!

     

    xoxo,

    Sarah and Madlyn

     

     

    Comments

    • I’m going to make these with my 1st graders!

      Betsy Hime on

    • Inspiring and many thanks and please post a video so I can see. Reading directions doesn’t work for many of us in my 35 years of life experience. I was able to create several of these woven heart envelopes 1 month ago and now I can’t Yet create one after many attempts. I’m learning to embrace forgetting—be gentle and love myself where I’m at.

      Kayleigh on

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