White Clay Heart Bunting (Valentine’s Day Decoration)

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We do love Valentine’s Day Crafts for kids! Today, we revisit and oldie but goldie guest post, show you a fantastic and easy White Clay Recipe and then turning this White Clay, into a beautiful White Clay Heart Bunting! Just gorgeous!

First shared in January 2015

Welcome back to more lovely LOVE CRAFTS as part of our 31 Days of Love this January. Celebrating the blogging community, as well upcoming Valentine’s Day, each day we bring you a new guest post craft. Something for everyone from Valentine’s Day Cards, Valentine’s Day Decorations, Valentine’s Day Treats and more.. 

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Welcome o Louise from Building Blocks and Acorns with her beautiful DIY White Clay Heart Garland!

It’s wonderful to be a part of the 31 days of love series! I’m Louise and I write over at Building Blocks and Acorns, where I share activities to promote fun and learning for my little boy (on my days off as a Primary teacher and nursery worker!) A lot of what I do has a sensory and nature focus, too.

Easy White Clay Hearts – You Will Need:


Preheat the oven to 110 degrees C (230 F)

  • 1 cup bicarbonate of soda – 200g
  • 1/2 cup corn flour (also known as corn starch) – 100g
  • 3/4 cup of warm water – 180ml
  • baking tray lined with grease-proof paper
  • a straw (to pierce holes in the shapes for hanging)
  • heart shaped cutter
  • ribbon or string to thread the garland
  • Basic kitchen items (pan, wooden spoon, knife, rolling pin)

How to Make The White Clay Hearts
heart-cutters

  1. Put the three ingredients into a pan on a medium heat.
  2. Stir gently throughout.
  3. Remove from the pan once the mixture has come together to make a sticky play dough consistency, and leave it to cool.
  4. After around 10 minutes, once the clay has cooled enough to be handled safely, roll it out to approx. 5mm thick.
  5. Use the heart shaped cutters and carefully place them on the lined baking tray.
  6. Trim off any ragged edges with a knife.
  7. Make the threading holes using a straw.
  8. Bake for approx. 40 minutes, turn the decorations over and pop them back in the oven for a further 10-15 minutes to dry them out.
  9. Leave to cool… then, get decorating!

Decorating the White Clay Hearts


I enlisted the help of my two nephews (9 and 12) and got them to do some sneaky handwriting practise by repeating patterns along two curved lines using a blue sharpie pen. It’s that simple! I gave them paper to try their ideas out on first and then they draw their designs straight onto the white clay using the sharpies. I’ve never seen them so quiet! I love how it looks like porcelain when it’s all complete and looks really effective!

For Younger Ones


Sharpie pens and toddlers don’t mix… trust me, I discovered the hard way! So for smaller fingers, try using letters made using masking tape before letting them loose with some poster paint for some ‘relief art.’ My little boy used cotton buds (also known as q-tips,) to create a spotty effect for two of the hearts. It’s a great way of getting little ones to rehearse their pencil grip and fine-motor skills. We were delighted with the finished products! I hope you enjoy trying these out, too!

Lots more Valentine’s Day Decorations for you to browse!

Full list of 31 Days of Love  to browse for Valentine’s Day here!

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