We’re still pretty Moana crazy over here. We recently had a big Moana birthday party, and I’ve been dying to share it all with you. I’m still putting the finishing touches on the party post, but I wanted to share a peek at the fun with this tutorial for how to make Moana’s Heart of Te Fiti.
After first seeing the movie last Fall, I was dying to come up with a DIY Heart of Te Fiti. I saw these flat green marbles at the dollar store in December, and knew they would be perfect. I first tried using a white paint pen, but using the green pen looked so much more realistic.
Life has been so busy, and I am so sorry it’s taken me so long to get this DIY Heart of Te Fiti tutorial up on the blog! The good news is, it couldn’t be simpler. I actually taught my girls how to make them, and they created a whole bunch of Heart of Te Fiti stones to sell in their booth at the Arizona Children’s Business Fair.
To make your own Heart of Te Fiti — just like Moana’s! — you’ll need a bag of flat green glass pebbles vase filler and an ultra-fine green paint pen. It must be ULTRA fine, not just fine, so you can imitate the carved look of the original Heart of Te Fiti stone. The Elmers Painter brand green pen was the only ultra-fine one I could find.
How to Make Moana’s Heart of Te Fiti
As is typical with a paint pen, you’ll need to press the tip on scratch paper and get it started drawing. Next practice making your Moana swirl a few times. I learned the key to make the perfect swirl was to begin by drawing a BACKWARD S. Then from the end of each S draw a spiraling line out to the edge of the pebble.
Go back and add little carrot marks or dots similar to the carvings seen on the real deal in the Moana movie. After a quick lesson, I let my girls loose, and they had lots of fun coming up with different variations on the swirl design. I think their DIY Hearts of Te Fiti turned out fabulous!
Let the Heart of Te Fiti stones dry completely before you package them up. Print my DIY Heart of Te Fiti free printable watercolor gift tags template on watercolor paper and cut out each one. You will also need small zip-top bags and a bit of sand. We also added a couple mini sea shells that I’d saved from a broken shell leis.
If you want to forego the whole sand and bag thing, you can also package up the Heart of Te Fiti very simply by attaching it with a glue dot to the free printable Watercolor Gift tag. I was actually originally planning to do it this way, but I couldn’t resist adding the sand and tiny sea shells so I opted for the bags.