Already we are on our 24th (!) Valentine’s Day Craft of the 31 Days of Love series.. a series dedicated to bringing you new blogs to discover and love. Today, we have Rebecca from Here Come the Girls and their gorgeous DIY Conversation Heart necklaces.. made from one of our favourite inexpensive craft materials and recipe – our Salt Dough Recipe. To help you browse previous Valentines DIYs shared as part of the series, both this year and from previous years, we have group them into these wonderful categories: Valentine Crafts for Preschoolers, Valentine Day Treats, Valentines STEAM Projects and Valentine Cards for Kids
Salt dough is one of my favourite materials to using for crafting with children. It is so cheap and easy to make using only a couple of ingredients you will already have in your kitchen. If you make a mistake it really doesn’t matter. It is the perfect thing to make these sweet little necklaces shaped like conversation hearts. This would be a lovely craft for a party as you can personalise them with your favourite pretty colour and fun slogan.
You do need to give yourself a bit of time to make these as it does take a three hours to dry the salt dough in the oven.
DIY Conversation Hearts Necklace – Materials
- salt dough (plain flour, water and salt)
- rolling pin
- heart shaped cookie cutter
- acrylic paint
- pink sharpie
To mix the salt dough you need two parts four to one part salt and one part water. Add the water gradually as sometimes you need a little more and sometimes a little less. Mix the dough into a firm ball.
Roll the dough out and cut as many hearts as you want using the cookie cutter. Put a small hole inthe top of the heart. Bake in a very low oven for three hours until it has gone hard.
Once the hearts have cooled, paint with acrylic paint. This looks best in pastel colours to match the conversation colours. Once dried, add your slogans with a bright pink sharpie.
You can use your conversation hearts for all sorts of things. They would make a cute key ring or stick a few different ones to the front of a Valentine’s card. We threaded the heart onto a thin silver chain to wear as a necklace. This is a sweet gift to make for your friends.
Rebecca blogs about crafts and family days out at Here Come the Girls. She has three little girls, a full-time teaching job, an extensive collection of cookie cutters and not enough hours in the day. Check out more lovely craft ideas from Rebecca here:
So once the kids have made some DIY Conversation Heart Necklaces for their friends, get them to make some of these super lovely Valentine Cards for Kids too!
Or if you have discovered a new love for Salt Dough.. check out this incredibly diverse set of Salt Dough DIYs & Ideas: