Clay Heart Valentine Pendants
How we did it:
- clay (such as Crayola model magic)
- rolling pin
- heart-shaped cookie cutters
- toothpicks (or skewer)
- rubber stamps (large or small, in any shape you'd like)
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 this heart 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 are great to use (it's okay if they have ink residue on them; the ink just adds some pretty colors to the pendants). 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--a.k.a. spinning it around the kitchen). This was fixed by simply poking another hole about 1/4" from the top.
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 play date this weekend!