Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine: Heart Clay Necklaces

My oldest daughter is at that point where she loves to make and create and likes to do most of the work on her own with my guidance.  So for her Valentines this year, we decide to make heart clay necklaces--made from air-dry clay.  She had good result of her friends' sporting around in her friendship bracelets that she gave out last year so she wanted to create something that her classmates could wear again.

air-dry paint
acrylic paints
paper tray 
wooden skewer
potter's knife or kitchen knife

Gather your supplies and cover your workspace.  This project is kind of messy and is best for older children.    Take clay and roll it into a small ball.  Form a bowl with your fingers, then pour some acrylic paint.  Work the paint into the clay with your fingers.  This is where it gets messy.  Add more paint and continue to work it into the clay until it gets to the desire color.

 Next, grab your potter's knife and any kind of heart template.  We used one of the foam heart stickers because it was the perfect size to make a pendant.  Flat the clay to just a few centimeters and use the heart to make the pendant and cut it out with the knife.  Then grab your stamps and stamp your favorite one-word valentine saying.  Use your wooden skewer to punch out a hole for the string.  If you have any cracks in your clay--lightly use your finger and rub a little water over the cracks.

 Let your clay hearts dry on a paper tray for 24-48 hours. Once completely dry, grab your twine and cut the string long enough to make a necklace that will slip over your head.  Cut then string though the heart pendant.  After assemble the heart necklace in some fun Valentines packaging!


Lindsey said...

Those are too cute. Your kids always have the most creative Valentine's to hand out to friends.

Janie said...

So creative! She takes after her mama. I'll bet all the kids will want to wear the necklaces.


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