Heart-Shaped Clay Bowls

Heart-Shaped Clay Bowls

This project makes a darling seasonal gift--perfect for holding candies on Grandma's table, or found treasures such as pinecones or walnuts.

Ages:
3 - 4
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. clay (natural)
  2. paint
  3. glitter (optional, but provides a nice finish)
  4. small bowl
  5. cutting board (or scratchproof surface)
  6. butter knife
  1. We make little bowls regularly at our house: flowers and butterflies in the spring, leaf-shaped ones in the fall, and (of course) heart-shaped ones for Valentine/s Day.

  2. The first thing to do is to flatten out the clay... sometimes we choose to use hands, and sometimes the adventure of a rolling pin is called for.

  3. This time the clay also got tossed into the air, and was made extra fine by singing a "Pizza dough, pizza dough..." song--this could very well be the most important step!

  4. The clay needs to be nice and thick (about 0.5" or so), so that the bowl will be pretty sturdy.

  5. When it's flattened, finalize your shape (with fingers, large cookie cutter, butter knife, whatever).

  6. With a wet finger, smooth it to your satisfaction (one of us prefers licked fingers, and one of us prefers a small bowl of water)...

  7. Then pick the clay up carefully, and place it over your rounded bowl. Form it lightly around your mold, then leave it to dry. Waiting... waiting... waiting...

  8. The next day, take it off your mold carefully, and now your bowl's ready for paint. (It probably isn't completely dry yet, but it should be hard enough to paint It will dry and further harden over the next couple of days.)

  9. For a final finish, these bowls are lovely with a glittered edge. First the glue...

  10. ...and then the glitter!

  11. Now it's all ready for a handful of favorite chocolates!