Saving some pennies on your big day is at the top of most brides lists when it comes to planning their wedding.
These simple and super easy air dry clay hearts make perfect favours for guests as you can use rubber stamps to imprint each guests name or initials acting as place settings at the same time! Alternatively they would look beautiful hung up to add a personal touch to your wedding venue, the list of what you can do with these air dry clay hearts really is endless.
Here’s how you make them . . .
How to Make Air Dry Clay Hearts
Skill level : Beginner
Allow : One hour
You Will Need
- Air drying clay
- Heart Cutters – it’s important that the cutter you use are no longer used for making anything edible.
- Rolling pin – again it is important that this is no longer used for making anything edible.
- Flat surface – I used a cutting mat as it can easily be wiped down after use.
- Grease proof paper
- Rubber stamps
- Twine or ribbon (optional)
How to Make
- Start by selecting your heart cutters (I used a variety of different sizes for mine). It is important that you keep separate the cutters you use to make these air dry clay hearts and those you use for baking, as they should never be mixed!
- Roll out the air drying clay using a rolling pin, (again this must not be used afterwards for making anything edible!). If the clay is rolled out too thick it will take a long time to dry, however if rolled out too thin it will be quite fragile and may break. I find it best to roll out the clay to about the thickness of a £1 coin.
- Once the clay has been rolled out to the desired thickness firmly press the cutters down into the clay.
- Remove excess clay from around the cutters. In hard to reach areas use something with a pointed end (such as a cocktail stick or the end of a knitting needle) to remove (adult supervision or help will be required here).
- Gently remove the cutters and carefully remove the cut out shapes from the mat onto grease proof paper.
- Using rubber stamps firmly but gently press your chosen stamp/s into the clay and stamp out your message, be careful not to press too hard as you don’t want the stamp to go all the way through the clay!
- Gently remove the stamp and leave the clay shape to dry out.
- Roll all of the excess clay into a ball and continue to roll out, cut, and rubber stamp the shapes until all of the clay has been used up or you have enough shapes. If you are not going to use all of the clay, make sure that the remainder is stored in an air tight container so that the moisture is kept within the clay.
- Leave the clay to dry, this will take around two to three days, however there are a number of factors that will affect this, and it may take less time or it may take longer, this is where patience is key!
Hints and Tips
If you would like to make your clay heart or any other shape into a hanging decoration, simply press the end of a straw down and all the way through the clay shape.
Once completely dry you can then thread, twine, ribbon or scraps of material through the hole to hand you decoration. These air dry clay hearts also make great gifts, I gave one to each member of my family last year to hang on their Christmas trees and everyone loved them.