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How to make Heart Decorations out of Cardboard

Learn how to make heart decorations using cardboard with these step by step instructions. This cardboard heart art project is a great craft for kids to make.

two completed painted cardboard hearts

Cardboard Heart Decorations

These cardboard heart decorations are perfect for a kids art project.

Use them to decorate your classroom or playroom. They are great for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

You could also attach them to a heavy piece of cardstock for a unique Valentine’s Day card or Mother’s Day gift.

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Completed Heart Art Project-Text reads "Cardboard Heart Crafts"

Tips for making this cardboard heart:

  • Depending on your child’s age and skill level, you may have to cut the heart out of the cardboard ahead of time.
  • You can punch a hole in these to hang them for decoration.
  • You can write a message on the backside to give to someone special.
  • Use them to decorate a large card for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.
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Cardboard Hearts

Painted Cardboard Heart Art Project for kids

Create beautiful cardboard hearts for a fun afternoon craft!

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Cardboard
  • Paint (any color)


  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  1. Start by cutting your cardboard into a heart shape. In process image for cardboard heart art project-1
  2. Using the back end of the paintbrush poke holes in the heart.In process image for cardboard heart art project-2
  3. Using your brush, pry off the top layer of the cardboard.In process image for cardboard heart art project-3Once you get it started it can be removed by pulling it off with your fingers.
  4. You can also remove some of the top layers near the edges.In process image for cardboard heart art project-4
  5. Once you are happy with the design it is time to start painting!In process image for cardboard heart art project-5
  6. Start with the flat surfaces of your heart.In process image for cardboard heart art project-6
  7. Next, paint all of the lines exposed from removing the top layer.In process image for cardboard heart art project-7

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Completed painted cardboard heart decorations.
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