Clay Hearts

  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Rolling pin
    • Pencil
    • Ribbon, string or yarn
    • (Optional) Glitter
    • (Optional) Paint

Use the dough recipe below or Sculpey Clay

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Ideal Age Range:


Mess Factor:

Low – Medium

Prep Time:

Gather your materials and have them ready. You will want to choose which kind of clay you will use (salt dough or clay). If you are making salt dough, you may want to break that into a separate activity.

For this project you can use Sculpey or Fimo Clay (linked above) or you can use this simple salt dough recipe.

Our project created hanging heart decorations. You can personalize this to create necklaces, pins, gift tags or even make a heart to attach to a Valentine’s Day card. Adjust the size of the heart (and the amount of clay) as needed.

This project is perfect for all of the left over Sculpey or Fimo clay you may have hanging around the house – kids love to see the marbleized effect of combining the colors together!

Simple Dough Recipe

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water

Combine clay recipe ingredients in a large mixing bowl – USE YOUR HANDS TO MIX THE INGREDIENTS – this is great fun and for building hand muscles for your kids!

TIP: additional water may be required but add a little at a time until you have a soft ball of clay (too much water will create a sticky mess!) Once the snowman project is done, bake it at 250 degrees for an hour.

Active Instructions

  1. Choose 2 – 3 colors of clay and soften with your hands.
  2. Roll each color into a coil or ‘worm’ shape.
  1. Twist and smush the coils together – roll and pat into a hamburger patty.
  2. Roll out flat and voila! – the marbleized effect appears!
    • If you would like the clay to be more marbleized, repeat the steps above again.
  1. If using the salt dough clay, just roll it out and cut to the appropriate size  (a hand print works really well on this clay).
  2. Cut the dough with cookie cutters or using a heart template.
  3. Create a hole on the top of heart (if it will be used as a hanging decoration or necklace).
    • If you are using stamps, create your words or decorations before putting the heart into the oven.
Add a hole to create a hanging decoration or necklace
  1. Bake per directions on the clay package. Bake homemade salt dough at 250 degrees for about 1 hour.
  2. When cool:
    • For salt dough hearts – add paint or glitter, you can even add words with permanent markers
    • For all clay, you can add a string to make it a hanging decoration or a necklace, glue on a pin back, add paint, glitter and more.

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