For the Sake of the Children

When the Christmas decorations came down Eleanor was all about, what comes next? She was constantly asking to decorate.

I didn’t feel like decorating, but it just made the kids so darn happy that I couldn’t help but share in their joy. Just a little. Kids have a way of doing that to you–of making you see the world just a little differently.


I had this package of doily hearts sitting around that I gave to the kids, along with some watercolors and I let them do their thang.


I still had two nails in the wall from where I hung my “Merry Christmas” banner so I tied a knot in some twine and hung it from nail to nail. Then I took some mini clothespins I had on hand from this instagram project and hung up the kid’s watercolor hearts. Easy Peasy!


It now appears I somehow accidentally stumbled upon a watercolor theme so I went with it. I let the kids do some water colors on a blank sheet of paper. I then traced letters and cut them out. I attached those letters to a sheet of poster board using some good old scotch tape and threw it in a frame. This is all stuff I already had folks.


Then I decided to paint some arrows. I had fun with it, perfect was never the goal.


Pop some flowers in a vase. Those I bought from the grocery store.


Minimal effort, time or money and a whole lot of fun for the kids and bam–Valentine shelf.


I admit–I bought the pitcher. It was on clearance at TJ Maxx and it was all big and white and beautiful. Plus, it is my birthday on Sunday so Happy Birthday to me. That, and I truly didn’t have a proper vase.


This is the dining room wall that I am constantly changing up. It is between the kitchen and living room in our open floor plan. By decorating this one spot, it is kind of like I decorated the whole house. You can see a whole bunch of other shelf arrangements here.


My kids love painting. They do it daily. I love when they are engaged in an activity. Kids always need a positive place to put all that energy! Next week I have another fun thing the kiddos like to do that I will be sharing with you.

Will you be decorating for Valentine’s day? Do your kiddos love decorating for holidays too?

Check out last years valentine printable, how we celebrated Valentine’s day and our Valentine mantle.


Check out these Valentines:


Love is In the Air, To a Real Gem, You Are Ah-MAZE-ing, You Are the Apple of My Eye, Stop in the Name of Love, You are the X to my O, You are the Cherry on My Sundae, You are My Sunshine

  • Suzanna Davies

    I really, really like the “be mine” watercolor! Great thinking!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks. Originally I was going to do love, but then I thought “be mine” was more valentinesy. (<–that is a word)

  • artful Leigh

    OOOH ! I love your watercolor artwork! Nicely done!!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks Leigh. Watercolors rock because even if all you do is make splotches–it is still pretty! 😉

  • JaneEllen

    I absolutely love the watercolors in frames, so free, soft and gorgeous. The kids did great job on the heart doilies. They are so beautiful. Look at those eyelashes on both of them. I’ve enjoyed seeing them grow, yours was one of first blogs I found and subscribed to, still enjoy your blog. Happy weekend

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks! They sure do grow fast! I feel so lucky to have such wonderful readers. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Kim (The Kim Six Fix)

    Happy birthday!!! :)
    It is true what you said about your kids inspiring you to see the world differently. I am always in awe of what joy my kids find in the littlest things. I think if we held onto that wonder in our adulthood, we would all be happier people.

    Also.. I love what you did with the framed word over the art. I think that is my favorite. Now I have to see if my kids would be willing to paint something for me! :)

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks Kim! The great thing about kids is they bring back that wonder we forgot about.

  • Heidi Milton

    So so precious, Megan! I love to watercolor and when i get them out for my class usually can’t resist plopping down and painting along with them. :)
    And now, you’re all set for Valentine’s Day — yay you!
    xo Heidi

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you Heidi! I feel the same way about watercolors. They are just too fun–I can never resist!

  • Julie Bigley

    Adorable decorating, as usual. Love that you always involve the kids in projects!

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you Julie. They kind of have taken over my life :).

  • libbywilko

    Very fun sweet , simple and achievable …love it

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks girl!