Today we welcome Louise on our 31 Days of Love Series – except it isn’t really 31 Days anymore.. right? But more like 35.. but how can I resist all those great Love Crafts and celebrating Valentine’s Day with fellow bloggers from around the world? So today, we have another Valentine’s Day craft for you – cute little Thumbprint Heart Magnets! A super cute gift and great little keepsake that kids can make and that would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for friends and family.
Hello, I’m Louise and I am sooo excited about guest posting over here at RED TED ART (one of my all time favourite blogs!) Thanks Maggy!
I blog over at “Messy little Monster’ and I would love you to pop over to see all the crafts, activities, and adventures I get up to with my little monster Harry (3) and his baby sister Daisy (5 months). You can also find me on facebook and pinterest.
I am a primary school teacher and I LOVE anything arty, Harry loves making a mess and Daisy just smiles at everything. We have lots of arty, crafty, messy fun together and I would love to share our creations and activities with you.
‘THUMB body loves you’ Thumbprint Magnets
I absolutely love being able to capture my kids tiny little prints, whether its handprints, footprints or fingerprints, as they really don’t stay small for long! Today I am delighted to be able to share these gorgeous thumbprint magnets with you. They would make great valentines or Mothers day gifts (if you don’t keep them as a keepsake for yourself).
Make some Salt dough
Salt dough is super easy and versatile to make – simply mix the following (adding the water gradually).
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 1 Cup of Salt
- upto 1 cup of water
You can add some good quality red food colouring to your salt dough and colour it red ahead of time. Or you can paint your salt dough red afterwards. We have used paint to colour salt dough in the past, but found that we got best results with the good quality food colouring!
You will also need (affiliate links added for convenience):
- A heart biscuit cutter (UK link/ US link)
- Acrylic paint (red UK link /US link) (gold UK link/ US link)
- Sealer/varnish (UK link / US link)
- Small magnets (UK link /US link)
- Fine black sharpie (UK link / US link)
We flattened our salt dough and cut out several heart shapes using a biscuit cutter.
Harry dipped his thumb into some acrylic paint and I helped him make 2 thumbprints on our salt dough in the shape of a heart. We used red paint on the natural coloured salt dough and gold for the red salt dough.
We then left them to dry. You can bake them in the oven at a low temperature (about 150 degrees) or leave them to dry in a warm room for a couple of days.
Once our hearts were dry we sealed and varnished them. We used Mod Podge all in one sealer glue and finish but you could try PVA glue.
Once the varnish had dried I had a smooth surface ready to write our message ‘THUMB body loves you’. I used a fine black sharpie.
I glued a small magnet to the back of each salt dough heart!
Do you know anybody that would love to receive a thumbprint magnet?
Here are a few more heart crafts from ‘Messy Little Monster’ that you might enjoy
Check out a round up of last year’s Valentine’s Day Card ideas? 14 in total – one of each Valentine’s “Day”….
Full listing of 31 Days of Love posts here!