Polka Dot Valentines

Make these super easy and super fun polka dot Valentines!Grandkids love making Valentines with their Grandma. And that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about — sharing the love.

And Grandma loves making them with the kiddos when there’s minimal preparation and clean-up.

Oh, grandma’s also love it when the Valentine is easy to make.

These polka dot Valentines fit all of those requirements.


With just a few supplies, you can be ready to make these in no time at all! Here’s what you’ll need.

Polka Dot Valentines

  • Acrylic paint in Valentine colors
  • Cardstock paper in Valentine colors
  • Q-tips
  • My free Valentine heart printable
  • Plastic lids from whipped topping containers

Make these super easy and super fun polka dot Valentines!

First, use my free Valentine printable to print up your Valentines on your cardstock paper. Then cut them out.

Pour some of the paint onto the plastic lids. Give your grandkids some Q-tips to use as their paint ‘brush.’

Your grandkids will dip the Q-tips into the paint and then make polka dots on their Valentines. (This is similar to the fall leaf painting activity that we did back in November.)

Natalie is doing a two-handed painting job. Tricky kiddo!

Make these super easy and super fun polka dot Valentines!

Here, Natalie is quickly jabbing her Q-tips up and down to make the polka dots. And to make blurry hands in the picture. Hey! Having fun is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Make these super easy and super fun polka dot Valentines!

Let’s pause here for a moment. Do you notice anything that is missing? Like . . . something to protect my granddaughters’ clothing? Like . . . a protective covering over my counter so that they won’t get paint on it?


My granddaughter was so excited to get started that I totally spaced it out. Until Mom happened to come in the room. And immediately noticed. Oops!

So we paused and got on some crafting aprons. And put newspaper on the counter.

Natalie shows off her artwork. (Notice that she’s wearing a craft apron in this picture? Mom is happy. Natalie is happy. Grandma is happy!)


Make these super easy and super fun polka dot Valentines!

Of course I had to make a couple, too. You know, to bond with my granddaughters.

Sheesh! What am I saying? This activity is fun for all ages — from young two-year-old granddaughters to old grandmas like me!


When I was planning this activity, I thought that I had paper doilies on hand. I thought that it would be fun to glue the Valentines onto the doilies.

I looked and looked all over my house. Couldn’t find those blasted things!

Since I was looking for them about half-an-hour before my grandchildren came, I didn’t have time to run to the store to get some doilies.


So, learn from me. If you want to use doilies, make sure you get them in plenty of time before your grandchildren come!


12 thoughts on “Polka Dot Valentines

  • Michelle

    You have the best ideas to share. I can’t wait till my grands are a tad older to do these things with. I try and they last for all of 3 minutes.

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Hi Pamela,

    Your kind words made my day! Sometimes I feel that my ideas are boring or dull. But you know, my grandkids have never complained. They always think they are fun.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  • Nina Lewis Post author


    Yes, those sweet little ones grow up way too fast! I’m trying to relish every moment with them because they will be grown in a blink of an eye. That’s cool about your granddaughter getting into architect school! She probably honed her artistic and design skills with you during your art play.

    Thanks so much for dropping by!

  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Hi Tamuria,

    I do hope that your little ones enjoyed this as much as mine did. Q-tips make a fun art ‘tool’ for kids. Thanks for dropping by!

    Warmest regards,

  • Tamuria

    This is a really sweet craft – perfect for the littlies and as I have two arriving today we will be trying it out. I love the idea of using Q-tips for the dots. Found you on GRAND Social.

  • Peggy Rudd Jones

    I so wish my grands were small again just so we could play like we used to do. Some have their own babes to take care of now and some are still in college. Of course I know they grow up and move on. But I have so wonderful memories. We do have 2 great grandsons 2 years old and love playing with them, but only get to see them occasionally. We still see them as our babies but know life goes on. One of our granddaughters who used to play art with me has just submitted her designs for architectural school and she was accepted. Never know where those play dates with grandma will lead. Blessings to you and yours.

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