I have a real love for washi tape and this fab preschool process art project was great for using up some of my stash. The washi tape hearts make a beautiful garland if you are so inclined like we turned ours into, but you could also use them on cards or just write on the back of them.
Sometimes you just want a simple, low-prep and low-mess craft and that is what this washi tape process art activity is. I babysat my best friends boys at the last minute and this was something that I did with them.
How to Make Washi Tape Hearts
- Washi tape
- Heart shaped Punch
Instructions for making washi tape hearts
I have LOTS of washi tape, I think I may have a problem! Firstly we picked what tape we wanted to use for our project and put all the red and pink tapes into a bowl.
Then Q (as I will call him) was given free rein to cover the paper in tape any way he chose to. This was a fab exercise in fine motor skills and scissor skills. He found all the ends of the tape himself and cut the tape too. He is a lefty and I only had right-hand scissors so think I should buy a pair of left-handed kids scissors for him.
It was really interesting watching him pick up the tape, decide where to put it and then stack it carefully so he didn’t use the same roll twice.
Washi tape is a great art and craft material it is low-tac, so kids can reposition it without too much trouble and they can also tear it when they are a little older. Q, who I was doing this with was four and preferred using scissors.
Once he had as much tape on his card as he wanted we then moved on to punching out the hearts. You don’t have to use a punch, you could trace hearts onto the rear (using a cookie cutter as a stencil) and use scissors, but as we were using card a punch was easier.
Q positioned the punch and then proceeded to push with all his might until he heard the click and then he removed the heart from the rear. He really loved the punching part and kept saying “I am going it with all my might” which had me in stitches!
The hearts are beautiful on their own, but as we had some more time I decided to punch them with a 1/8 inch hole punch and give Q some thread, so he could spend some time threading them, which is a great activity for fine motor skills.
We then turned them into a washi tape heart garland which he game to his mum.
Do you love washi tape?
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Ah these are too cute must try these out!
I have a huge washi tape stash – thanks for the lovely idea.
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These look so lovely. Might have to make some for myself 🙂
What a lovely idea! Really pretty Valentines decoration x
What awonderful idea and so easy to do. I love your tape selection its great.
I really need to purchase some washi tape, it looks a must have when it comes to crafts. These are really cute x
What a lovely idea! I bought lots of washi tape back from Japan and it’s just sitting in a drawer at home..
Oh these are brilliant Jen. I’m a bit late to the washi tape party but I love it. We’re going to make some Easter crafts I think 🙂
They look really effective and perfect for valentines day
Love these! Washi tape is awesome!
I really need to get into washi tape – we’ve only got a couple of rolls and this heart craft would be perfect to sit and do with Boo… where do you recommend on buying some, especially the heart designs? Thanks 🙂
I have a confession to make: I’ve never used washi tape, but I can certainly see the appeal. These are lovely.
Love these. Non crafter here but with my 6yr old struggling with his writing at school, I’m sure if I’d done more of this ‘fine motor skills’ craft with him when he was younger, it possibly would’ve helped. It’s never too late so I really think i should try some of these activities with him x
This looks like an interesting activity 🙂 Your inspiring me to do more crafts with my boys x
That’s such a cute (and simple) craft. I must admit that the wash tape ‘craze’ has totally passed me by, but maybe I should invest in a few rolls.
Aaaw that’s so cute and would look great all year round x x
I love this idea! I’ve only just discovered washi tape – where do you get yours from? So many different types!
Oh the use of washi tape is really effective, yet so simple an idea, these are brilliant.
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