Spin Art Heart Garland

Did you know that kitchen tools can be used for making art?

Yep, that old salad spinner of yours can be used to make some pretty cool art papers.

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We have used the Crayola Spin Art Maker in the past but the salad spinner is great for using thicker paint like tempera to contain the splatters.

Here are the materials you need to make these papers and turn them into a beautiful garland (or use them for cards for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day).


  • Salad spinner (I already have one but I recently picked up an extra one at Ikea to use specifically for art projects. You could also find a bargain one at a second hand store or garage sale)
  • Tempera
  • Cardstock, cut into fourths
  • Large heart punch
  • Hole punch
  • Decorative papers such as doilies and old book pages
  • Scissors
  • Twine or yarn
  • Glue stick

Step 1:

Place your cardstock in the bottom of your salad spinner and squirt several blobs of different colored paint all around your paper. Place the lid on your salad spinner and SPIN!


If you don’t quite like the way it turned out, squirt on some more paint and spin again.

 Let them dry.

Beautiful, huh?! And so simple. Now…what to do with those papers.

Step 2:

If you have a large (2 3/8″)  heart punch, use it to cut out hearts from your papers. We were able to punch out 3 hearts from each of our pieces of cardstock.

If you don’t have a heart punch, no worries! Just cut them the old school way by folding the paper and cutting a candy cane shape along the crease. The heart punch is just a faster way of making several uniform shapes (plus the kids love using it and it can be used for many other future projects!)


We glued our hearts to our book pages and added some decorative accents with pieces of doilies. You could stop here and turn these into lovely cards…or keep reading to turn these papers into a garland.

Step 3:

We used our heart punch again to make hearts out of book pages and doilies this time. We glued the doily hearts on top of the book page hearts and then glued those to our remaining spin art papers.

Step 4:

Gather all of your finished garland papers. Use a hole punch to punch holes in the top corners. Use your twine or yarn to thread through the back of each of the holes.


Step 5:

Hang your garland! We used our simple go-to washi tape to hang ours on our mantle. No nails or holes!


Want some more “LOVE” art or gift ideas? Try these 4 Heart Art projects and this fun card idea.

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