Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Sparkly Sweethearts

Today, I'm having fun with Martha Stewart's Glitter Paint again, making these sweet clay hearts. Placed in a bowl, they add instant bling to a room. They can also be turned into pretty magnets for displaying a favorite photo or artwork on your fridge. Turn them into ornaments or gift tags by punching a hole in in them with the end of a pen while the clay is still wet. Make this your own project by using different shapes to cut the clay. It's an easy project for kids. They can select shapes such as flowers and butterflies and paint them in a variety of colors. Craft something beautiful today!


Let's Get Started

For this project, you'll need

Air Dry Clay
Martha Stewart's Multi-Surface Glitter Paints. For this project I chose Antique Silver and Garnet Red. You can also use regular acrylic paints in a variety of colors which are recommended for painting air dry clay.  
A small, 2-1/2 inch heart shaped cookie cutter or any other shape you like. Christmas trees, flowers, butterflies, angels, snowflakes and gingerbread men are all good choices.   
A piece of sandpaper or sanding sponge
A rolling pin
A paintbrush
Heavy duty craft magnets 


Take a large chunk of air dry clay and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball on a smooth surface. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a circular shape bigger than the cookie cutter. If you roll a big enough piece, you can cut several hearts at a time. Use the cookie cutter to cut the clay into heart shapes. Let the hearts dry overnight. They may take longer to dry. Mine took 48 hours to dry.

Once the hearts are fully dry, use the sandpaper to smooth out the rough edges. Brush the dust off with your paintbrush. Rinse the paint brush and pat dry. Paint them with any color of Martha Stewart Glitter Paint or regular acrylic paint. Martha Stewart's line of glitter paint comes in different colors from turquoise to pink. The shine comes through once the paint has dried. Although Martha's glitter paint is recommended for non-porous material, I use it for this simple project. The hearts took two coats of paint to achieve maximum sparkle. Remember to make sure the clay is completely dry before painting them.

Turn them into magnets by gluing strong magnets to the back. Magnets come in all shapes and sizes. ProMag makes round, thick, ultra-strong ceramic ones that are a good choice for craft projects like this. I used one round magnet for each heart. Here's the link: Ceramic Magnets. 

Tip: Store any extra unused clay in a well sealed bag or container with a damp paper towel on top of the clay so it doesn't dry out.

Happy Crafting!

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