You may have already seen my last two posts about easy Valentine cards for kids to make, here and here. Well it seems like we just can’t stop! I got the idea for these mini heart sculptures for Valentine’s Day when I came across a bunch of corks on sale at our local hardware store. At first I thought wire, then immediately though clay because my kids LOVE to sculpt.
Normally, I like to go low cost when it comes to crafty projects, but this time I splurged and bought an assorted pack of Sculpey molding clay. If you have not tried Sculpey, give it a try. The colors are vibrant, it is relatively easy for my boys to work with, and you can save leftovers for future projects.
There are so many ways you can come up with a similar mini sculpture in the end, but here’s how we did ’em. We used 1/4 of a package of Sculpey for each heart. Roll it in a ball to get it soft and then slowly shape it into a heart. It may take a bit of practice to shape a heart, but it’s great exercise for little hands.
When we were happy with our hearts, we pushed a nail-head first-up into the soft heart, leaving enough to later be inserted into the cork. Make sure you pinch the base of the heart a bit to make the nail fit tightly. We used 15 gauge, 1 and 5/8″ long nails in black.
Lay the hearts onto a glass baking dish and bake according to the package directions for the thickness of your hearts. Ours did not exceed 1/4″ so we baked them for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.
Let them cool completely before sticking them into the corks. Press the hearts down in the corks far enough for them to be steady- not far enough and they may fall over.
Won’t these make just the cutest gifts for family and friends! I’ve already snagged one for myself, too.
Share your projects with us–I love to see what you are working on. Upload them to Instagram and tag #heyfuzzymama or share them on my FuzzymamaVintage Facebook page.