Friendship Heart Necklace

Heart necklaces are a great way to show your regard for a sweet friend--these are made just the way you want, and are so easy to make!

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. 2+ hours

  3. Messy

  4. Grownup needed

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    You could use polymer clay if you like, for extra durability, but we used natural clay for ours.


  • Step 2

    I showed Maddie how to make a ball of clay, by rolling it in her hands. (That's hard to do when your hands are small!)

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  • Step 3

    When she had it as smooth as she could make it, she flattened it out.

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  • Step 4

    After some trial and error with making the heart, I lightly scored it for her with a butter knife, showing her where to cut to make one that suited our purpose.

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  • Step 5

    "Oh! I see!" she said. Much better. She cut it out with the butter knife,

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  • Step 6

    And then made the cuts to divide it in half.

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  • Step 7

    There! Just right.

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  • Step 8

    Holes went into the top of each half for stringing, and then we set them aside to dry overnight.

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  • Step 9

    When it was mostly dry and firm, out came the paints! A color coat first, then left to dry for a minute...

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  • Step 10

    then the final decorating began. Round polka dots are easy to make with cotton swabs!

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  • Step 11

    After the paint dried, she brushed glue over the whole heart,

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  • Step 12

    then added her final embellishments--a favorite part, digging through all those sparklies! All that was left to do then, was to let it dry....

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  • Done!

    and string it and give it to a favored friend.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 13

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