Secret Message Conversation Hearts

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There are very few things more exciting than a secret message, especially for kids. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching we are having fun doing all kinds of Valentine’s crafts like these conversation hearts.

Today we made secret message conversation hearts and it was so much fun. The kids keep asking when we can make them again, so needless to say we will be doing this activity again before the Valentine’s Day holiday has passed.

Kids Craft Hidden Message Hearts - This watercolor painting craft is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers and even elementary school age kids will find it fun.

I know, I know now you’re wondering how you can make some of these cute conversation hearts with your kids. Let me tell you, it’s so easy you’re going to love it.

Conversation Heart Supplies

conversation heart supplies

These are all supplies you probably already have on hand from other kids’ craft projects. If you don’t have any of these supplies you can pick up them up at the dollar store and have them for this craft and several others.

How to Make the Hearts

Don’t worry these mystery message conversation hearts are quick and easy to make. Plus it’s painting with watercolors which means it’s an easy cleanup!

Trace and Cut out Heart Shape on White Paper

First, you need to trace the heart shape and cut them out.

I have a heart-shaped cookie cutter that I used to trace the heart shapes on to card stock.

hearts ready to cut out

You can use whatever white paper you want since we are going to paint the hearts I usually try to use a thicker paper, but printer paper will totally work. The hearts just might curl up slightly but you can easily flatten them once they dry if you want.

If you don’t have a heart cookie cuter use the printable above. The sheet of hearts has 6 hearts that are all the same size and makes this activity really simple.

Write Messages

Once all the hearts are cut out have fun writing messages using a white crayon. Where ever you color with the white crayon the paint will not stick.

write messages on white hearts with a white crayon

For our conversation hearts, I wrote the messages, but you could have the kids write different messages to each other, practice writing their names or draw pictures. It’s totally up to you.

Conversation Heart Message Ideas

If you’re not quite sure what message to write on your hearts hear are a few simple valentine’s message ideas.

  • Cutie
  • Love You
  • You & Me
  • Kiss Me
  • Hugs
  • XOXO
  • Love
  • Hi Cutie
  • Smile
  • U R Cute
  • Love
water colored conversation hearts valentines craft


Now that your white hearts all have secret messages written on them it’s time to paint the hearts to reveal the secret message.

painting to reveal the hidden message on the conversation heart

Grab the watercolors and a paintbrush and have fun painting the hearts and turning them into water colored conversation hearts.

Not only are these conversation hearts a fun craft they make a really cute valentines decoration when clipped to twine with mini clothespins.

painting to reveal the hidden message on the conversation heart

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