I have a confession. I cannot use a rolling pin to save my life. For some reason I have an inability to roll out mixture so that it is an even thickness. I typically end up with one thin end and one thick end. This means that I avoid any craft or cooking recipes if it requires me to use a rolling pin. However, I was determined to make DIY Clay Conversation Hearts ready for Valentine’s Day. Would it be possible to make them without using a rolling pin?
Making DIY White Clay is incredibly easy. Mix two half cups of cornstarch with 118ml of white glue until the mixture becomes a moldable dough. It should have the same consistency as ready-roll icing. Now this is where most people would use a rolling pin and a cookie cutter to create the Conversation Hearts. Not me though. I wanted to experiment to see if I could create the hearts without the said rolling pin or cookie cutters.
I took our Conversation Heart silicone mould and pushed the white clay into each heart. It was easy as that. I just made sure that the clay was pushed down firmly into the mold. Once all twelve hearts were filled with white clay I left them to dry overnight. At this point I didn’t even know if my little experiment would work.
Recently I had used the Conversation Heart silicone mould to create wax crayon hearts. However, this experiment ended with disastrous consequences. As soon as I tried to remove the wax crayon heart from the mold the hearts instantly broke. As a result I was incredibly cautious when removing the clay hearts. I didn’t need to be though. They popped out of the mould easily and remained intact.
I placed them onto a heart shaped plastic plate that was covered in baking paper.
The disadvantage to my experiment was that I was so convinced that it wouldn’t work I hadn’t even washed the silicone mould after my disastrous wax crayon attempt.
As a result there were several specks of wax crayon on the clay hearts. However, this was soon covered up with the acrylic paint. I used a mixture of red, pink, purple and light blue acrylic paint to cover each Conversation Heart. I used a small paint brush to get the paint in between all the lettering.
As a first attempt at creating DIY Clay Conversation Hearts I was really pleased. I didn’t need to get out a rolling pin and the hearts were easy enough for my three year old to make. Next time I will ensure that the silicone mold is completely clean before starting. This would ensure there were no small bubble holes in the clay hearts or left over wax crayon specks.
There are many uses for our DIY Clay Conversation Hearts. They could be given as gift on Valentine’s Day or added to a Valentine’s Day card or craft. The hearts could be used as tokens to play tic-tac-toe or even used as counters for simple addition. I didn’t let my fear of the rolling pin defeat me!
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