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Clay Hearts

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

This easy "clay" recipe can be used to make brooches, magnets, necklaces, or picture frames.


  • 1 cup flour
  • Paintbrush
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Tempera or acrylic paints
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Rolling pin
  • Magnetic strips (optional)
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Jewelry pins (optional)
  • Drinking straw
  • Satin cord (optional)
  • Baking sheet


  1. Have your child mix the flour and salt, then add the water and stir the mixture well to make clay. If you like, tint the clay with red food coloring.
  2. Roll out the clay and let your child cut heart shapes from it with the cookie cutter.
  3. If a heart will be strung on a necklace, poke a hole near the top of it with a straw.
  4. Bake the hearts on a baking sheet at 200ºF until they're hard. (This may take an hour or more.)
  5. Let your child paint the hearts.
  6. Finish them with clear acrylic spray.
  7. Glue magnetic strips onto the backs of the hearts to make refrigerator magnets.
  8. Glue jewelry pins onto the backs of the hearts to make brooches.
  9. String a heart on a 2-foot length of satin cord to make a necklace.
  10. Glue the hearts onto a plain picture frame.