Valentine's Day Craft: Hearts with Black Glue

Hearts with Black Glue - Black glue is easy to make and can be used with watercolors to create this eye catching hearts.

Have you ever worked with black glue? It is one of our favorite art supplies because when paired with watercolor paints, it creates a stained glass effect. In the past, we have made leaves using black glue and watercolors. If you haven't made black glue before it's super simple and the results are always eye popping. Today I will be sharing how we made a fun Valentine's Day Crafthearts with black glue and water colors. 
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You will need:
black glue

You will want to empty your glue bottle so it's only half full. Then add some squirts of black paint. Use enough black paint to fill up an additional quarter of the glue bottle. Shake the mixture until it is totally combined.

Use the black glue to draw your heart design on a thick piece of white paper. You will be adding watercolors later and I always find that they work best on thicker paper. This requires a while to dry. I just did it the day before we wanted to paint and it worked out fine. When the designs are dry, you will notice that the glue had a hard raised texture that will really stand out when you add paint.

black glue hearts

Time to add the watercolors!

using watercolors with black glue

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Black glue, Watercolor paint

This is how the hearts with black glue will look when the watercolor paint has dried. Now you will have a few options. 

Heart Suncatcher

You can cut out the heart and put it in the window to get this pretty sun catcher or stained glass effect.

Hearts with Black Glue - Black glue is easy to make and can be used with watercolors to create this eye catching hearts.

Or you can cut them out and glue them on some colorful construction paper for a decoration or a card.

Black glue painting

Thanks for dropping by! If you liked this Valentine's activity, please share on Pinterest.

If you're looking for more black glue ideas check out:

                    Black Glue Leaves                            Black Glue and Salt Watercolor Rainbow

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  1. They look so beautiful! We haven't tried this before, so it's on our list. Better pin it so I don't forget!

    1. Thanks so much Lorie! Really appreciate the pin!

  2. Love this! We were playing with glue the other day but it was hard to see. Next time I'll add paint.

    1. I like how it looks like the leading on stained glass.

  3. I'm surprised at how much that paper looks like stained glass. They are beautiful!

    1. Yes, it looks fairly close considering it's juts glue, paper and watercolors. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. So Pretty! I love this idea, and I am sure my kids will too!

  5. These are awesome!! I'm going to pin it and share it on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page!

  6. I love the contrast of the black glue. These turned out beautifully! Pinning it!
    -Ana from

  7. Really cool idea. I'm going to remember this great technique. I feel like I'm too busy to do it before Valentine's day, but there is no reason I can't do it in the future.

  8. The hearts really look great! We have some of that black glue.. i need to get it out.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty.


  9. This is so cute! I can totally see us doing this soon. I would love to invite you to join us at Share It Saturday. We have lots of wonderful contributors each week, linking up educational play, tips, crafts, and more. We would love to see this post and more from you...You would fit right in!
    We also have a group Pinterest board we are inviting all contributors to's a great way to gain new viewers for your posts. The link to the Pinterest board in on our linky party post. I hope to see you there!
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts :)

  10. Very cute idea. I didn't even know there is black glue! Pinned this idea. Thanks for sharing. I found you at the I Heart Naptime link party.

  11. I found you from Diana Rambles Party! I'm your newest follower via Pintrest. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

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  12. These look so pretty! I think we will do this today to make a card! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  13. These are so cool! I'll be featuring them tomorrow on The Sunday Showcase.