Little #GreenHeart ideas for Earth Day 2020

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ll be displaying green hearts in our windows next to our key worker rainbows to show that we want a cleaner, greener future. You can join in with a simple heart cut out of green paper, or get more creative. We’ll be sharing some ideas for crafts in this blog, as well as other resources for families to get involved in campaigning from home this week.

How to make spotty hearts with younger children

(ages 1-5)

1) Fingerprint Heart

Using different shades of green paint or ink, add lots of fingerprints to your heart shape. Lovely messy fun!

Top Tip: have a clean damp cloth ready to wipe little green fingers or you’ll have spotty green sofas too!

2) Cotton bud heart

Dip a cotton bud into green paint. Cover your heart shape in dotty spotty splodges!

3) Sparkly heart

Use some craft glue to stick lots of green sequins to your heart shape and make your window twinkle.

4) Bubble wrap heart

Paint an old bit of bubble wrap green. While the paint is still wet, press it gently onto your paper. Now cut out a lovely bubbly heart.

5) Hole punch heart

Use a hole punch to make lots of little circles using scraps of green paper. Glue them onto your whole holey-heart.

Pop your creations in your windows, take a photo and upload it to social media. Use the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #GreenHeart. Don’t forget to tag us @PrestonAction and the Climate Coalition @TheCCoalition.

Do you have a #GreenHeart? Earth Day 2020

How to make a felt heart

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ll be displaying green hearts in our windows next to our key worker rainbows to show that we want a cleaner, greener future. You can join in with a simple heart cut out of green paper, or get more creative. We’ll be sharing some ideas for crafts in this blog, as well as other resources for families to get involved in campaigning from home this week.

30 minute+ activity, suitable for ages 10 and up

You will need:

  • Green felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Beads, buttons, sequins or other decorative materials

Step 1

Use your felt to cut out a small green heart.

Step 2

Using a needle and thread, attach something exciting to the bottom of your heart. We used part of an old broken necklace. You could use a chunky bead or button.

Step 3

Cut a second, larger heart out of felt. We used a different shade of green for interest. The more hearts you cut out, the longer your decoration will be.

Step 4

Use your needle and thread to attach a loop of ribbon to the large heart.

Step 5

Decorate your hearts. We added little green beads to make a sparkly boarder for the larger heart and two chunky beads onto the smaller heart. If you’re not confident with a needle, you could stick on sequins with any craft glue.

Step 6

Sew your hearts together, leaving a long piece of thread between so that they dangle when you hang them in your window.

Don’t forget to add the #HopefulHeart and #EarthDay2020 hashtags and upload a photo of your artwork to twitter. Tag us in @PrestonAction.

Show off your #GreenHeart for Earth Day 2020

How to make a stained glass heart

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ll be displaying green hearts in our windows next to our key worker rainbows to show that we want a cleaner, greener future. You can join in with a simple heart cut out of green paper, or get more creative. We’ll be sharing some ideas for crafts in this blog, as well as other resources for families to get involved in campaigning from home this week.

30 minute+ activity, suitable for anyone able to safely wield scissors

You will need:

  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Green tissue or crepe paper in several shades
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Glue stick or other craft glue

Step 1

Fold your card in half and cut a half-heart shape.

Step 2

Open out your heart shape and draw a smaller heart a few centimetres inside it.

Step 3

Create your design. Draw sets of parallel lines at random inside the heart.

Top Tip: use a pencil so that you can rub out and make changes as you go, or download our template.

Step 4

Use sharp scissors or a craft knife to cut out your design.

Step 5

Cut sections of tissue paper to fit inside each of the holes you have created and glue them down.

Turn your heart over and admire your handiwork!

Let the light shine through your finished heart.

Don’t forget to add the #HopefulHeart and #EarthDay2020 hashtags and upload a photo of your artwork to twitter. Tag us in @PrestonAction.