Rubber Cement Valentines

Make these beautiful Valentine cards by painting hearts onto watercolor paper using rubber cement and then painting.

Rubber Cement Valentines Rubber Cement Valentines

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration 1 hour
Age 5+
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  • Card
  • Glue
  • Rubber Cement (e.g. Elmers)
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Watercolor Paper


    1. Paint Rubber Cement onto the watercolor paper in the shape of hearts. Leave to dry
    2. Paint with watercolor paints. Leave to dry
    3. Using your finger, rub the rubber cement gently to remove from the paper.
    4. Mount the image on a folded piece of card to make a greetings card.


    1. WARNING: ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED: Never allow children to use rubber cement without adult supervision. The fumes from the liquid Rubber Cement are toxic making this an inappropriate project for very young children. For Kindergartners and above, be sure to use in a very well ventilated area and only for short period of times. The product is flammable so do not use near open flames. If the glue accidentally comes in contact with your eyes, flush with water for at least 15 minutes. If you suspect the chemical has been swallowed, call Poison Control immediately. Do not attempt to induce vomiting without first seeking medical advice.
    2. If you have any rubber cement spills, then wait until it is dry and rub it off. Washing with water will not help.
    3. You may want to use old paintbrushes for this activity and dispose of them once complete as you will not be able to clean the brushes in water. If you do have some mineral spirits, that will work.


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    Useful supplies

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count (E1324)
    Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue
    Crayola 24 Ct Washable Watercolors Easy to Clean Up, 24 Bright Washable Watercolor Paints, 1 Paintbrush, Ages 3+
    Crayola 24 Ct Washable Watercolors Easy to Clean Up
    Elmer's Rubber Cement, No-Wrinkle, 8 Ounces
    Elmer's Rubber Cement
    NEENAH Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 8.5 X 11 Inches, 72 Count Assortment (46407-02)
    NEENAH Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit
    Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper Pad, Top Wire Bound, 9x12 inches, 12 Sheets (140lb/300g) - Artist Paper for Adults and Students - Watercolors, Mixed Media, Markers and Art Journaling
    Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper Pad

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