Whenever we do a craft project at home, I always try to find a good balance between something that everyone can participate in, and a result that we will be happy to display or gift. Of course, sometimes it’s just fun to make a bit of mess but this time around I wanted to create something that the children could give to friends or teachers on Valentine’s Day. All three children (ages 6, 3 and 18 months) got involved in this one.
Air drying clay
Cookie cutters in heart shapes
1. After a recent visit to a chef supply store we found a selection of heart shaped cookie cutters and a letter set. This gave us the idea on what to do for our Valentine’s Day project this year.
2. We rolled out the air drying clay on baking paper (for easy clean-up afterwards) and used our cookie cutters to create various heart shapes. Some of them we decorated with stamps and created words using the end of a skewer.
3. For some of the hearts we applied glitter with a brush. Here we used a smaller shaped heart as a stencil. While we didn’t use glue to apply the glitter onto his particular heart, we did with another “spotty” version.
4. We used the flat end of a skewer to create indented dots and then filled these with black paint using the pointy end of the stick. For most of the hearts we used a skewer to create a hole so we were able to thread baker’s twine at the end of the project so the hearts can be hung.
5. The hearts were left to dry overnight on a baking rack. (2 pic options)
6. Using large rose petals as a tray is a nice way to gift the tags to friends and family.
7. Decorative fun. We plan to use the petals to make a kid-friendly rose perfume.