Tissue paper hearts – a simple Valentine’s craft for kids

Getting crafty with cardboard, tissue paper and glue is the perfect way to spend a rainy winter’s afternoon. Having a theme often helps provide inspiration for crafts. With Valentine’s Day coming up, our craft activities have been all about hearts. This year we are part of the Tots100 #BostikBlogger family. We were sent a box of crafts from Craft Merrily to help us get creative. We used some of the contents of the box to make some pretty tissue paper hearts. This is a simple craft activity which is perfect for young children to do.

Tissue paper hearts - a simple Valentine's craft for kids

You will need:

  • A sheet of cardboard
  • Tissue paper in a couple of contrasting colours (we used pale pink and dark pink)
  • PVA glue (we used Bostik White Glu)
  • Scissors (optional)


1) Use the glue to “draw” a heart shape on the sheet of cardboard. Cut (or tear) the tissue paper into small pieces.

A heart shape made with glue on a sheet of cardboard and a bowl containing pieces of cut up tissue paper

2) Stick the pieces of tissue paper on to the glue to create a heart shape. The tissue paper can either be placed flat on the glue or scrunched up into small balls.

Sophie sticking the pieces of tissue paper on to the glue heart

My three-year-old preferred to place the tissue paper flat on the glue and added a couple of heart stickers to decorate her heart whereas my five-year-old decided to scrunch up her tissue paper. The scrunched tissue paper makes the heart shape clearer but both methods create a nice effect.

Jessica scrunching up her tissue paper and sticking them on to the glue heart

You could add a message inside the finished heart or decorate the picture with stickers. We made our heart on a sheet of flat A4 card but you could also fold the card and draw a smaller heart with the glue to create a Valentine’s card.

Sophie and Jessica's completed tissue paper hearts - the left heart is made with flat pieces of tissue paper and the right one is made with scrunched up pieces of tissue paper

We were sent a box of craft materials from Craft Merrily as part of being a Tots100 #BostikBlogger


Two Tiny Hands


  1. January 31, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    These look lovely. My two just did a bit of freeform cutting and sticking which didn’t look fabulous but they enjoyed it. Might have to give this a go next time.

    • Louise
      February 1, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Thanks Nat. Freeform cutting and sticking is fun – I sometimes worry that I direct crafts a little too much!

  2. February 1, 2017 / 8:12 am

    I love crafts and these look lovely! #familyfu

    • Louise
      February 1, 2017 / 11:52 am

      Thank you Claire – they were so simple to make 🙂

  3. February 1, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Great idea – as Valentine’s Day falls in half term this year I definitely need some inspiration! #familyfun

    • Louise
      February 2, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you – glad it’s given you some inspiration 🙂

  4. February 1, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Both hearts look beautiful. My daughter loves to craft so we might have to try this.

    • Louise
      February 2, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you – hope you enjoy it if you do give it a try 🙂

  5. February 2, 2017 / 6:15 am

    What a simple idea for valentines. I love how the differences in ages meant they did slightly different things when all they got were the same items! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    • Louise
      February 2, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Thanks Karen – it was so interesting to see how they approached it differently 🙂

  6. February 2, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Finally, a crafty project I think even I could actually do with my daughter without having a panic attack about what she’d do to the house. Simple but effective, love it.

    • Louise
      February 2, 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Thank you Alana – it was a lovely simple craft and not too messy either which is always good! 🙂

  7. February 2, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    These are adorable and I will be doing this with Little Miss Toddler <3 Thank you for the share.

    • Louise
      February 5, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Thank you Jennifer – hope Little Miss Toddler enjoys doing them 🙂

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