Marble-Painted Heart

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Marble-Painted Heart - finished heartThere are numerous items that kids can paint with to make the experience even more fun. A favorite object for my pre-students was marbles! I think it was because the whole process tended to get quite messy! The result is beautifully unique each time and reminds me of a Jackson Pollock painting. For this particular craft, I painted a heart for Valentine's Day, but you could complete one for any holiday or theme. For example, you could paint cut-out shamrocks, Easter eggs, dinosaurs, cartoon characters, etc.


Total Time: 10 minutes to make and an hour to dry

Yield: 1 heart


Marble-Painted Heart - supplies


  1. Cut any size heart from your paper. Accordion-fold the painter's tape on the back and lay it inside the cardboard lid or box. The tape will help keep it flat during the process.
  2. Marble-Painted Heart - cut heart shape from white card stock
    Marble-Painted Heart - place accordion folded painter's tape on back of heart and stick down in box
  3. Dip a marble in paint and place it in the box. Lift the box and move it all around, making the paint-covered marble roll across the paper.
  4. Marble-Painted Heart - dip marble in paint and roll around in box applying paint

  5. You can also dip all of your marbles in paint and let them all roll at the same time! After about 8-10 runs, I felt that this heart was complete.
  6. Marble-Painted Heart
    Marble-Painted Heart - heart after multiple colors painted on
  7. Remove the heart from the cardboard box. Allow to dry. You are also left with a heart silhouette. Next time, I might try using a white box lid so it will enhance the remaining outline.
  8. Marble-Painted Heart - remove heart from box and allow to dry
    Marble-Painted Heart - silhouette of heart left in bottom of box
  9. I trimmed over an inch from around my heart so it would fit in my laminator. I was left with a heart frame! It seems this craft yielded three products!
  10. Marble-Painted Heart - trimmed edge of heart that could be used as a frame

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