Ok, this might be my favourite Valentines craft so far this year. We’ve used our infamous 2-ingredient white clay dough to make these dazzling Valentines ornaments! I just LOVE how they sparkle and shine.
And the colours… Oh my! They’re gorgeous!
White clay dough is amazing. It’s really easy to make, and because it’s made with just baking soda and corn starch, the clay remains bright white even when dry.
We normally use this clay dough to make Christmas ornaments but it occurred to me the other day, that it would be great for making Valentines ornaments too.
We’ve been on a real glitter kick lately so that’s what we’ve chosen to decorate our Valentines ornaments with.
An alternative to glitter would be to press beads and gems into the clay, or you you could paint your ornaments with tempera or acrylic paint.
Another option would be to leave your ornaments white and write Valentines messages on them with Sharpie markers.
There are lots of possibilities when it comes to decorating your clay dough ornaments.
Let me show you how we made ours.
To make our dazzling Valentines ornaments, you’ll need:
- baking soda
- corn starch (known as corn flour in the UK)
- rolling pin
- drinking straw
***You’ll need to pop over to our Christmas clay dough post for measurments, and to see how to make the dough. It’s really easy, and doesn’t take long at all.
How much does one batch of white clay dough yield?
I’m not sure of the exact weight or measurement, but this image will give you an idea of how much dough one batch makes.
We got all of our hearts today out of one batch.
When you’ve finished cooking your dough, and you’re kneading it on your cutting mat, it should be about the same consistency as pizza dough. If it seems too wet, knead a little extra corn starch into it and toss some on your cutting mat and rolling pin as well. You want your dough to be soft and supple. Almost sticky. Almost.
Roll your dough to 1/4 inch thickness, and use a cookie cutter to cut out your hearts.
If you’ll be hanging your hearts, poke a hole in each ornament with a drinking straw.
Place your hearts on a cooling rack to dry.
Drying your ornaments:
A warm, sunny spot is ideal for drying your ornaments.
We placed our clay hearts on the hearth in front of our fireplace, and they were dry in a matter of hours. They’ll take longer to dry in a cool, damp environment.
I’ve heard some people say they’ve placed them in a warm oven to dry. You could try it, but you’d want to have the heat super-low, and keep an eye on them. Maybe leave the door open a crack to make sure they don’t get too dry, otherwise they’ll crack.
With our hearts dry, we were ready to add some razzle dazzle!
We brushed each heart with a coat of white glue, and then we gave each one a generous sprinkling of metallic glitter.
We tapped the excess glitter off into a container so we could use it for another project, and we set our gilttery hearts by the fire again so the glue and glitter could set.
Oh my word. Aren’t they stunning?
I can’t even tell you how gorgeous they are in real life.
The bright, metallic colours look so amazing in stark contrast to the pure, white hearts.
When our glittered hearts were dry, I gave each one a quick spritz of of poly-urethane spray varnish to prevent the glitter from brushing off.
Then I looped a piece of ribbon through each hole so we could hang our ornaments.
Don’t you just love ’em?
I really hope you’ll make some of our dazzling Valentines ornaments using this white clay dough recipe. It’s such an easy way to make a beautiful Valentines craft with your kids.
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