Kid's Craft: Valentine's Day Marbled Picture Frame

This is a very simple Valentine's Day Craft that teaches color theory (mixing red and white makes pink), patterns, letter/word recognition and /or letter writing. With a few simple materials, turn an ordinary photo mat into a work of art.

Classified: Easy!

What you need:
1.       Various shades of pastel paper
2.       Pencil
3.       Scissors
4.       Glue Stick
5.       Marbles (5-8 of them will do)
6.       A Shoe Box
7.       White Acrylic Paint
8.       Red Acrylic Paint
9.       Markers and or crayons
10.     Photo mat- any size

What to do:

    1. In a shoe box, place the picture mat face up on the bottom, along with the marbles. Drip a few drops of red paint to one side of the shoe box and then drip a few white drops on top of the red.
    2. Place the lid on the shoe box and have your little one shake it up! Before you open the lid, ask "What color do you think red and white make when the marbles mix them together?" Allow them to answer and open the box. You should see different shades of marbled pink on top of the white picture mat.
Set aside to dry.
3. While the mat is drying, cut out several small hearts in various shades of pastel paper. My children decided to sort the colors and divide it amongst the two of them. I wanted to reinforce patterns like the one I made above. My 4 year old insisted that he created a pattern by doing one color on top and another on the bottom of the photo mat. How could I argue with that? "It's the process, not the product........................" 4 year olds!
4. Write a special message with one letter per heart. My four year old wrote his own, while I wrote each letter to my two year old and had her rehearse what she saw (review of uppercase letters). 
5. Glue your special message onto the mat and allow to dry.
6. Adhere photo to mat and keep for yourself or give away as a gift.
Optional: have scrapbook scissors? Add some flavor by cutting the hearts out with different edges.

He drew a picture of himself on one heart!
She knows her letters!


  1. Fun idea!
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  2. hi, i am a new follower from the blog hop. i would love for you to follow me back.

    this is such a cute little idea for valentine's day. i may have to try it out. i just came back from entering your giveaway for the brewbot. wish me luck! :) i also voted for you over at picket fences.

    hope to see you sometime soon.

    have a wonderful weekend.


  3. Adorable blog!!!! Newest follower! :)


  4. Hopping by and following you now! Happy Friday! What a darling blog you have!

    Hope you'll stop by and check out some of my artwork and free painting tutorials!


  5. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I'm returning the follow!

  6. Hello There! Just hoppin' around checkin' out the sites....

    Have a wonderful weekend...





    Also grabbed your button and followed!

  7. Hi!
    I'm following from the Weekend hops.
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    Have a great weekend!

  8. Cute idea!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following back. For some reason I'm showing up as a follow on your list without a picture :( It's been happening all week but i'm there. :) Looking forward to checking out your blog!

    Hope your having a great weekend!


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