We’re sharing simple Stenciled Air-Dry Clay Valentine Hearts today!
While we were at the cabin in late December, I started working on my Cultivate What Matters Goal Planner.
In it, we were asked to evaluate everything from our work life to our home life to our relationships to how much time we were spending on hobbies and recreation.
This exercise was helpful and also eye-opening.
While blogging allows me to be creative on a regular basis, I’ve never really stopped to ask myself if I was intentionally carving out time to craft the projects that have been sitting on my Pinterest boards a while or to try out new techniques or even sit down and learn a skill I’d been wanting to learn for months like cross-stitching.
Well, one day I was going through my craft closet trying to find something pretty but simple to put on our Valentine’s Day tablescape when I realized I had air-dry clay leftover from other projects that needed to be used.
Not wanting to waste the remaining clay or an opportunity to settle in and craft on a cold rainy day, I decided to make stenciled air-dry clay Valentine hearts.
Even though we plan to use these hearts for our Valentine’s Day celebration, they’re actually pretty neutral and can be used in multiple ways and all over the house throughout the year!
You can also use them to decorate special packages, hang them from your Valentine’s or Christmas tree, a door handle, or use them as part of a festive tablescape.
Here’s a look at how to create Stenciled Air-Dry Clay Valentine Hearts…
Stenciled Air-Dry Clay Valentine Heart Supplies:
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- Air-Dry Clay (we used Crayola Air-Dry Clay in White)
- Stencil (we used a wall stencil we already had on hand, but you can use any stencil you like just make sure it will leave an impression on the clay)
- Craft Mat or Pastry Mat, similar here
- Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter, similar here
- Rolling Pin
- Paper or Plastic Drinking Straw
- Ribbon, optional (we used this Ribbon in Vanilla)
- Wax Paper
- Fine Grit Sanding Block or Sandpaper
- Baking Sheet, similar here
- Cooking Rack, similar here
- Small Water Dish
- Gloves and Apron (to protect hands and clothes, optional)
- Hand Wipes
Stenciled Air-Dry Clay Valentine Heart Steps:
Prep your work surface area by gathering your supplies and laying your craft or pastry mat on a flat surface.
Then lay a piece of wax paper down over the mat. I totally forgot to do this step in the beginning and realized later it would have saved me so much time. Air clay can get messy!
Take the lump of clay out of the packaging and knead it several times until it warms up in your hand. The amount of clay you’ll need will depend on the size of your heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Begin to smooth out the piece of clay with a rolling pin like you would roll out pastry or sugar cookie dough. Make sure to roll the clay out evenly, leaving it slightly thicker than the consistency of a sugar cookie.
Cutting the Heart Shapes:
Next use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a heart-shaped piece of air-dry clay.
Remove any excess clay by gently pulling it away from the sides of the air-dry clay Valentine heart. If you have any cracks in your clay, dip your finger into a bowl of water to smooth out the imperfections.
Creating a Stencil Pattern:
Lay a stencil directly on top of the air-dry clay.
My Mom found this wall stencil on sale at Hobby Lobby over the holiday break. She originally thought we might be able to use them as placemats or to hang as bunting. The pattern is really pretty, so I decided to make a stencil out of it for this air-dry clay Valentine heart.
Carefully, roll over the stencil with a rolling pin several times.
Once you’re finished, gently remove the stencil from the piece of clay revealing the imprint of the stencil on the air-dry clay Valentine heart.
Use a straw to create a hole in the top for ribbon, jute, or string if you like.
Drying Stenciled Clay Valentine Hearts:
Carefully place the air-dry clay hearts on a wax paper-covered cooling rack or baking sheet. You’ll definitely want them to be laying as flat as possible.
Flip the air-dry clay Valentine hearts over every 30 minutes to allow each side to dry evenly. Air-dry clay pieces like this should dry a minimum of 24 hours and can take even longer depending on their thickness.
I took these photos after they had dried 24 hours….
only to realize later they were slowly turning lighter by the day. Here is how they look 3 days later…
Things to Keep in Mind When Making Stenciled Air-Dry Clay Valentine Hearts…
- These stenciled air-dry clay Valentine hearts are vintage inspired and far from perfect. They have a few cracks and imperfections but that’s part of their charm.
- If you mess up, no worries, just mold the clay back into a ball and roll it out again. You can even reuse the clay you’ve pulled off from the sides of your air-dry clay hearts.
- These hearts can be easily customized with stencils, pieces of fabric like crochet or lace, and stamps.
- You can use a nail file or fine grit sanding block to gently smooth down the edges of the air-clay Valentines hearts once they are dry.
- Make sure your hearts are completely dry before you handle or try to paint them.
It totally blows our minds Valentine’s Day is just a few days away!
We’re bound and determined to enjoy every ounce of festive cheer we possibly can this year. Even if that means doing a few things at the last minute like creating a DIY Valentine’s Day Mailbox.
So, while we’re appreciating the chilly and cozy days of this season and planning for next, we’re also excited to make time to be creative along the way.
We hope you’ll carve out some time to enjoy the things you love most this season too.
Let us know how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day and how you’re making time to craft things you love!
Other Air-Dry Clay Projects We’ve Made:Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.