Printed Clay Valentine’s HeartsFebruary 14, 2011 3:48 am Crafts, Holidays, Techniques and Mediums, Valentine's Day
By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
If you look around your house, chances are there’s something around that has an interesting print or pattern just waiting to be used to add texture to a clay project like this. These little hearts are a great way to pass on some Valentines love to those around you or just add a little February cheer to your house. While you can use small cookie cutters, free hand cutting makes these hearts a little more fun and funky.
Here’s what you’ll need
1. Work your clay until it is soft and pliable and then press into a long flat oval. You can roll out with a rolling pin but just flattening with your hands works just as well.
2. Laying the clay flat on a work surface and roll or press your textured object across it to create a print on the clay. Here we used the top part of a vase but the soles of shoes, bottom of baskets or even buttons and beads can make an interesting pattern for your hearts. Using your skewer, pierce a hole in the center top part of the heart.
3. Cut out roughly 1 inch by 1 inch hearts. Bake according to the package directions.
4. Once the hearts are cooled, spray with a thin coat of clear gloss and allow it to dry.
5. Thread each heart onto a length of ribbon and tie, trimming the ends to the length you desire.