I mentioned last week that I’ve been racking my brain for a good handmade Valentine’s idea for my 3 year old. We need to make little Valentine’s for 25 of Birdie’s classmates at school, and I really wanted it to be something unique and fun for her to make. So, inspired by these salt dough ornaments I found on Pinterest and these clay hearts, we’ve made little love tokens to have and to hold. We added a little glitter to the backs to make them more kid-fascinating. Scroll below the photos for the details.
What did we use?
- Clay: I nabbed a bucket of Crayola Air Dry Clay from Target – and it’s really easy to work with! I was pleasantly surprised. It does take a long time to dry, you’ll need at least 24 hours before painting, and a little longer to fully dry out.
- Cookie Cutter of your choice.
- Bird Stamp: Yep, it’s just a rubber stamp.
- Paint: I’m in love with Martha Stewart’s new line of paint (it supposedly covers anything) and the glitter paint makes adding the bling super easy.
How did we do it?
I think the photos are pretty self explanatory. Birdie was able to do all the cutting out and stamping by herself!
One tip, I used wax paper behind the clay while rolling it out and cutting the shapes – try something else. The wax paper disintegrated under the wet clay and stuck in nasty little pieces to the back of some of the hearts. (which I then carefully peeled off bit by bit! Gee, what fun.)
I have a big bundle of glassine envelopes from some long-forgotten project that we’ll use to hold each heart. Add a quick Happy Valentine’s Day note stamped by Birdie, and I think we’re ready!