Our watercolor postcard Valentines


Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

This year the kids and I decided that we would paint watercolor Valentines to give to the Grandparents and Great-Grandma.

All four of my kids really enjoy painting, even the toddler (though I have to watch her like a hawk to make sure she doesn’t eat the paint, ha ha!) and we have a painting day as part of our weekly rhythm.


Watercolor Postcard Valentines

I picked up some watercolor postcards and we got out our paint trays and set to work creating some 4×6 masterpieces.





Later, after the paint had dried, we added some doodles and sentiments with black felt tipped markers.  I think that the grandparents will appreciate the personal touch and enjoy having some kid-made artwork.

This was an easy craft, a fun way to spend some time on a snowy February afternoon, and it will make a nice personalized gift from the kids.

The only thing I might add, as it could bother some perfectionist kid crafters, is to make sure you note the position of the stamp and the right side up of the postcard as you are painting on the other side. One of my kids declared “disaster!” and had to completely start over after discovering her picture was upside-down.

Other than that, ready, set, paint!

These are now all ready to address and stamp and send in the mail to Grandma and Grandpa, with lots of love from us!


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Do you and your kids make Valentines?  Have you been doing any painting or crafting this month?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. My kids love to paint, but we haven’t done a whole lot with water colors. I usually do tempera. I need to do more water colors with them. And I love the idea of cards. I hadn’t even thought of buying the water color postcards! Thanks for the tip!
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  2. This year we are upcycling last years Valentines. For a few special recipients, we did celery stamp roses. They turned out great. I will have to check Michaels for the postcards. Love those!

  3. Ooohhh! So much fun. My kids love to paint! They will be thrilled with this idea. Do places like Micheals have the postcards or should I head to Hobby Lobby?

  4. I love this – what a great idea! We even have the same supplies (TARGET!!) as you all. Can’t wait to get card making . . .
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  5. Went out today and got the supplies!!! Tomorrow we are going to make the cards! Love this watercolor set! We had used our old set so I was excited to buy a new set!
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  6. These are so lovely and simple! We made some watercolor cards for Easter one year. Painting is something I really should do with my kids. I love it!


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