Toilet Paper Heart Stamping

Toilet paper heart stamping was so much fun!  It’s always a great day when you find an activity your toddler or preschooler really enjoys and wants to continue to do.  This is such a neat art project, and the best part is it is thrifty, too!
toilet paper heart stamping

Toilet Paper Heart Stamping

Simple Directions:

  1. Bend/fold an empty toilet paper tube into a heart shape.  Ours stayed without being taped or anything, but you might try that if yours doesn’t stay.
  2. Dip in paint and stamp on paper.  We used red Crayola washable tempera paint squirted onto a clean plastic lid (saved from a 32 oz. yogurt container).  I buy our paint in a 3-pack of primary colors.
toilet paper heart stamping

Seriously, that’s it!  Easy peasy!

toilet paper heart stamping


Other Ideas and Extensions for Toilet Paper Heart Stamping

You could use this technique for so many different projects–Valentine’s cards, art for a photo frame, a decorative Valentine’s mailbox, on canvas as a gift for a grandparent, as a border for some hand or footprint art…

You could do one color of paint or put out several colors.  You could use white or colored paper.  You could make one toilet paper heart stamp or several…they’d each be a bit unique.

I posted this activity on my In Lieu of Preschool Facebook page and one reader said she put out white and red paint so that some of the hearts eventually mixed to make pink.  I thought that was a cute idea.  You could also do red and blue to make purple hearts. 🙂

We did this art project yesterday, and I used the hearts for something a little romantic or, perhaps, just plain cheesy.  Since my husband was leaving on a business trip today for a few nights, I planned to have the kids make surprise cards to hide in his suitcase, but it just didn’t happen.  So instead I cut out those three hearts that are bunched together on the bottom left of Luke’s paper, and wrote my name and L&L’s names, one in each heart.  Then across the bottom, I wrote “Our hearts are with you wherever you go!”, folded it up, and tucked it into his wallet.  🙂

Resources for Toilet Paper Heart Stamping

Here’s the pin on Pinterest where I first saw this idea.  Thanks for sharing, Rust & Sunshine!  I also saw another pin which made stars shapes in addition to hearts out of empty toilet paper rolls.  We might try to make some other shapes next time we do this.  Thanks for sharing, Tot School! 🙂


Here are links to some of our other Valentine’s Day posts:

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We hope you enjoy toilet paper heart stamping as much as we have!  <3 Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Roopa Shri says:

    These are wonderful!! Have made the circle stamps with tp roll, need to try hearts:)

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