We stumbled across this homemade clay recipe a short while before Christmas and used it to make some Christmas Tree ornaments…it’s a very soft dough and once dried its similar in appearance to porcelain. Miss M has been asking to make some more so we thought we would make something nice for Valentine’s Day. Miss M invited one of her friends over to help us (Master S). We originally thought we would make them as pendants for a necklace but they were way too big…then we came up with the fridge magnet idea – I actually like this idea better as its a good gift for Dads too!
We rolled the dough (aprox 5mm thick) and used some heart shaped cookie cutters to make the shapes. Then came Master S & Miss M’s favourite part – stamping them using some rubber scrapbook stamps. We chose two different Valentine stamps and the kids enjoyed choosing which ones they liked for each of their family members. We also did a few using their finger prints…it was fun trying to sneak into Baby M’s room while he slept to get his fingerprint. We used a drinking straw to punch a hole in the top to tie a ribbon to (this was part of the original necklace idea).
I then placed them on drying racks and baked them in the oven on the lowest heat setting or ‘keep warm’ for aprox 2hours – just to make sure they dry-out fully. The drying racks allow them to dry evenly including underneath.
Once they were fully cooled we painted them with red paint. Miss M added some red ‘Kindy Glitz’ to the fingerprints to give them some extra sparkle :).
Finally we glued some large magnets to the backs and tied some ribbon through the holes. We are so happy with the finished result and I can’t wait to make more for different occasions – all the possibilities!!!!
Homemade Clay Recipe
1/2 cup Cornflour
1 cup Bicarbonate soda
3/4 cup of water
Place all the ingredients into a medium saucepan and combine (I used a whisk to combine the ingredients first). The liquid will resemble runny cream. Stir continually over medium heat using a wooden spoon until it starts to thicken and resemble a thick mashed potato. Tip the dough onto baking paper, cover with a damp tea towel and allow to cool. Then just kneed and roll 🙂
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