As a preschool Director/Teacher, each Mother’s Day I look for sentimental gifts my students can make. This year I came across a necklace idea. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off as I had not worked with air-dry clay and worried it might crack or break when drying. I am happy to report, the necklaces turned out amazing. We made 65 heart thumbprint necklace for our moms.
What you need:
- Mini heart cookie cutter
- Air-dry Clay Click here for Clay (Affiliate Link) for 2 lbs. Click here for 8oz. Clay (Affiliate Link)
- Plastic beads to reinforce the hole
- Straw to make hole
- String for necklace – I used a stretchy lanyard Click here for Elastic Cord
- Beads (there is a great selection at craft stores)
With the collected cost of supplies, the cost of each necklace was only .55 cents. A great thing for teachers.
How I made:
I rolled out the clay to about 1/4 inch thick. I had children dip thumbprint into mauve stamp ink (you can use watercolors too). I carefully had children press their thumb into the dough, not to go all the way through. I then made the heart.
Using a straw, I made a hole and popped a plastic clear bead in the center to reinforce the hole.
I let air-dry for 3 days (turning each day)
I decided on the “love” charms and silver beads with purple elastic string. I was thinking about leather string but it would have taken me out of my budget.
Once dry, I made the necklaces. I put them in a clear bag and stapled the pink “sayings” card.
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