We were very excited to be featured on Red Tricycle‘s Sweet DIY Valentine’s Crafts for Kids! We wrote about these Clay Heart Pendants, as well as some fun Valentine’s Felt Mice, which are totally adorable.
While we admit we usually focus more on process than end-product here at Kiwi Crate, an added bonus of both of these Valentine’s projects is that you do end up with a really cute product, which would be perfect for gifting to a school friend, sibling, grandparent or teacher.
Clay Heart Valentine’s Materials
- Your favorite clay — air-dry or oven-dry. We used Crayola Model Magic, which was fine and probably the easiest choice. (One caveat: the hole through which we strung the ribbon was more fragile than I would have liked. I might try salt dough or a polymer clay next time.)
- Rolling pin (a small toy one will do, or even just an empty bottle)
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter (or any shape)
- Skewer or toothpick (to poke a hole)
- Rubber stamps (large or small, in any shape you like – hearts, flowers, or any theme) or other items to press designs into the clay
- A length of silk cord, ribbon or yarn
Start by rolling out your clay to your desired thickness — about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick should be good.
Then, cut out your pendant. If you’re making for Valentine’s Day, obviously a heart is a great choice :), but you can certainly use any other shape you please.
Next, decorate your pendant by pressing your rubber stamps (or other items) into the clay. Rubber stamps (clean or not – if they have ink residue on them, they just add some pretty color to the pendants) are great to use, but it’s also fun to use other small toys (LEGO figures, toy cars), coins, or objects from nature (tiny pine cones, pine needles, shells, flowers) to press designs into your clay.
Press a hole through the top of the pendant with the skewer or toothpick. (I probably put our holes a little too close to the top of the heart (my daughter ended up pulling one of the cords straight through the top of the hole when she was “playing” with her necklace – aka, spinning it around the kitchen). This was fixed by simply poking another hole about 1/4″ from the top.)
Let It Dry
Let the clay dry for 24 hours (if using air-dry clay), then thread the ribbon or cord through the hole.
My daughter got such a kick out of making these, and was thrilled to give them to her friends who came over for a playdate this weekend!