Today I am sharing an easy diy Valentines Project that is fun to do with the kids. We made salt dough Valentines it was super fun, it’s so easy and perfect for crafting with kids. Sammie and I did this project over the last few years. I can’t believe I’m only sharing it this year! Ya, I was looking through photo files at past projects and I pulled this out of the vault. Perfect timing. Especially if your snowed in! It takes no time at all to make the salt dough and do this kids crafting project.
It’s an inexpensive project. You probably have most of this on hand if you craft. Gather your supplies (*list below) make the salt dough and start having fun! Let me show you how easy this diy project is.
Just a little snapshot of a few of the supplies. See full supply list below! For salt dough you can use your rolling pin but, not for Sculpey Clay*
The salt dough recipe mix:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
Note: If you prefer you can use a clay (I like Sculpey Original Clay) I’ll link to a few posts below at the end of this post. If your kids are older Sculpey can be a great option and the results are much better than salt dough. Sculpey is non edible so for smaller kids it wouldn’t be the best option. Also you may not use your kitchen ware with that option either. You will have to set aside those items to become non food / craft tools. Example: I have a specific rolling pin, cutters….& don’t mix them with food uses.
- I used flour when rolling so dough wouldn’t stick to rolling pin but, you can use wax paper if you prefer. Dust off flour prior to stamping!
The Salt Dough Tools:
- big bowl for mixing dough
- cookie cutters
- rolling pin
- cookie sheet
- wax paper (parchment paper) for your table & for covering dough to roll out dough (optional)
- pot holders
- paints acrylics or tempera
- ink stamp pad (if you want to use ink vs. paint)
- Mix dry ingredients then add water. Adjust flour /water mixture if needed. You don’t want your dough sticky.
- Keep dough a similar consistency to that of play dough.
- Next make a ball. divide it into usable chunks. Help kids roll out dough if smaller. About 1/4 inch layers. *keep thickness to a minimum as salt dough can puff up when baked.
- Bake at 250 for 2 hours (checking towards end of time) Pull out with oven mitts.
- Then cool at room temperature and your ready to paint with acrylics or tempra paints.
- Seal it if you like with something like Mod Podge or a Krylon sealer, but this is optional it’s only salt dough and not needed!
- Add your ribbon if stringing
- Add a magnet to back if making them for the fridge
- Don’t use up all your dough save it in a plastic bag for a few days-week
Note: If your making a necklace or wanting to string be sure to poke your hole into the dough prior to baking! Stamp words, stamp designs make different shapes or sizes. Let kids do their own thing. What ever you end up crafting with salt dough have fun! I’ll have to take some more photos next time we make some and update post with a few finished project images. We gave these out last year.
Here’s one of Sammie’s finished ones from a few years back.
Just to give you another idea for yourself if you have time to make your own. I spotted this cut out heart ornament and thought it would be great to make a few for adding to packaging. As you can see when your older you can get more detailed. Even sand the edges to make them smoother after they are baked and cooled.
Related Clay Posts:
Looking for another easy Valentines day project?
- Be Mine Valentines Day Chalkboards Tutorial
- Need to check out a video to help you with the project? Salt Dough Ink Stamping Diy Video
What crafting projects are your favorites to do with kids?