This heart clay bookmark is just charming, charming, charming! I love how easy it was to make and how sweet it looks!
I used easy to make air-dry clay for this clay bookmark, a ribbon, and craft paint. None of these supplies are hard to find or difficult to work with. Just the opposite. Air-dry clay if easily found among the children's art supplies at any large chain store if you don't want to make your own. Bonus: this is a project that children would love making!
Tip: Instead of making hearts have children use small cookie cutters to cut out a variety of shapes.
Tip: Keep your clay bookmark at least 1/4 of an inch thick so it doesn't break when used.
Use a straw or chopstick to cut a hole in the heart for your ribbon to slide through. Keep that hole a fair distance from the edge of the heart otherwise you risk breaking. And that is just sad.
Follow the directions on your air-dry clay (usually you need 48 hours of dry time. Nothing fancy about that...just sitting on the table to dry.) and let your clay bookmark dry and harden properly before painting or adding ribbon.
There is absolutely no right way to paint your heart and attach your ribbon. Just be sure your ribbon is long enough to go from one end of a book to the other OR to run the length of two pages (like mine). If your ribbon is too thick it will be difficult to thread through the hole, so be mindful of that.
Tip: Allow your child to press a painted finger on to one of the painted hearts for an adorable, personalized gift idea.
How adorable is this clay bookmark? Although these would be darling for Valentine's Day, I'm also thinking these are fantastic as a gift idea for most any time of the year. Heck, I made one for myself...just because.
For the Air Dry Clay recipe:
DIY Air-Dry Clay Recipe
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1.25 cup water
- In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add all of the ingredients.
- Bring to a boil stirring constantly.
- Turn the heat down to low and boil gently, stirring constantly, until the liquid is gone and the consistency is like mashed potatoes.
- Remove from heat and continue stirring while it cools down a couple of minutes.
- As soon as you can handle it, plop it into a damp towel and shape it into a ball.
- Wrap the ball in the damp towel to cool.
- When you can handle the clay, knead it several times until smooth. Let cool in the damp towel or use it immediately.
- Wrap it and store it when cooled if not using it right away.