Candy Hearts Valentine's Day Art Project

Candy Hearts Valentine’s Day Project




Candy Hearts Valentine's Day Art Project

No doubt you have access to a few candy hearts right about now. I know I do, so instead of gobbling them up, I decided to turn these sweet pastel treats into an art project.

This candy hearts lesson is a great way for kids in grades 3 and above to observe a color and try to replicate the value. You can free-draw the heart or use a template. The older the child, the easier it is to draw a large heart. Drawing a heart big enough to paint inside is the goal so if you notice that some children are struggling with drawing the heart, use a template.


Grab some liquid tempera paints, paper plates, 6″ white paper squares, a pencil, a black marker and of course, a few sweet heart candies.


Tints are created by mixing white to any hue (color).  This might seem rather boring but I tell you, kid’s LOVE watching white paint do it’s magic on a color. It really is all about the paint mixing here, so if you can give each child a small paper plate in which to explore the painting mixing, please do.

  • Place a quarter size dollop of white paint in the center of each child’s plate.
  • Place a candy heart (random colors) on the plate and then squirt a dime-sized dollop of the candy color on the plate too.
  • Some colors like light teal require three colors: white, turquoise and yellow.
  • For older students, using COMPLEMENTARY colors adds an authentic darker tone or SHADE to use as the contrast. Although, it just might be easier to use less white for the darker parts of the candy hearts.
  • Mix the white and colors together until the color is the same as the candy heart.

Candy Hearts Valentine's Day Art Project: Learn how to mix tints


Painting the heart is very quick because the paper size is small (6″ x 6″). This allows the child to create more than one heart. If you are doing this lesson with younger kids (ages 6-8) use a larger 10″ x 10″ paper. The bigger area is more forgiving.

Where the shadows lies on the heart, use a darker color to add as the contrast.

When the heart is done, consider adding a Complementary Color to the background.


This step is optional but very effective for older students (age 9 and up). When paint is completely dry, outline hearts with the black marker. Use cross-hatching to indicate the sides of the candy heart.

Then, if the kids want (and they will!), add a favorite quote.

Candy Hearts Valentine's Day Art Project: Learn how to mix tints

To help with this lesson, click the button below to download a PDF that contains a TINT color Wheel, a HEART template and a TINT & SHADE worksheet for your students.

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  • Jade

    This is adorable!! ! However, PDF email link says “page not found”. Thank you!! 🙂

    • Patty

      Go ahead and try again 🙂

      • Jade

        Working now! Thanks!

  • Lydia Harrelson

    What a FABULOUS idea!

  • Rachel Hubbard

    Love these! I may have the kids cut the hearts out and put them in pop-up cards… or these would make a really nice Any Warhol study!

    • Rachel Hubbard

      Meant ANDY!

  • Summer

    How do I get the PDF? I clicked on the link and was promoted to sign up for the newsletter. I already get your newsletter, but I signed up again. Now when I go to the website I can’t seem to find it. Please help! Thanks! And love this super cute lesson. Going to try it with 2nd grade. 🙂

  • Summer

    Edit – Please disregard above comment. I checked my email and there it was! Thank YOU!

  • Claudia

    This is fabulous — I did this with my second graders and it was a big hit!


  • Tiffany

    How does the Access PDF work? I got a welcome email, but no pdf. Nor did it take to to a page with a pdf after I typed in my info.

    • Patty

      Once you enter your name and email, you’ll receive the PDF via your email address. Of course, your address must be entered correctly. The email is often sent to spam folders. If you need help, you can contact

  • Kirsten Rehnby

    Great idea for having students learn to make tints!

  • angeknx

    I am also getting page not found. Is there any way to get access to the heart template?

    • Patty

      Hi Ange,
      Scroll down to the Turquoise banner and click ACCESS PDF…just add your email and we’ll email you the freebie! Enjoy!

  • Maureen Keene

    It redirects and says page not found

    • Bethany

      Hi Maureen,
      Scroll down to the banner and click ACCESS PDF…just add your email and we’ll email you the freebie! If you don’t see it in your inbox shortly check your junk folder just in case. Enjoy!

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