Rebekah and Rachel made these pretty little hearts for an ornament exchange this Christmas. Of course, their brothers wanted to help, so we ended up making several for our own Christmas tree, as well. I’ve never had a child yet who didn’t enjoy working with clay, and these are easy enough that even our four year old was able to make one without much help. The design may look dainty and delicate, but oven-baking makes these ornaments fairly durable.
Supplies You Will Need to Complete This Craft:
- large package of Sculpey white clay
- small packages of Sculpey clay in red and dark green
- metalic paper clips
- gold cord for hanging
- wire cutters
- aluminum foil or cookie sheet
Do It Yourself By Following These Simple Steps:
Roll a ping-pong sized ball of white clay into a long, uniform roll, approximately 3/8″ diameter.
Fashion it into the shape of a heart by slightly pinching the ends together to form top of heart, and pinching another point to form the bottom. To make it easier to transfer ornament to the oven, you may want to work on a piece of aluminum foil or a cookie sheet.
TCut a loop off a paper clip using wire cutters, and bend the ends up sharply (sort of like a wide “W” with the loop in the middle). Press this into the top of the heart and smooth clay back over the sides of the “W”.
Flatten the heart slightly by pressing all around the edges gently with your fingers.
Use the sharp end of a paper clip to make indentions all around the top surface. These “holes” need not go all the way through the clay, only about half-way down.
Cut a loop off a paper clip using wire cutters, and bend the ends up sharply (sort of like a wide “W” with the loop in the middle). Press this into the top of the heart and smooth clay back over the sides of the “W”.
Take a little bit of red clay and roll it into a snake-shape, slightly thicker in the center and pointed at the ends. Coil this into a rose, place it between the leaves and press it into the heart by using the pointed end of the paper clip to bore a small hole in the center of the flower. Bake according to package directions. Once it has cooled, thread a loop of gold cord through the paper clip eye and hang it on your Christmas tree.
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