A few months ago we started a new theme that involves using the Anniversary years as our guideline. We featured projects with paper and projects with cotton. The last time we did Christmas And now we I am going to show you how to make a natural clay Valentine’s heart garland.
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The How To:
We didn’t worry about the rough edges since we were going for a rustic look, but this would be the time to smooth them out if you want a more finished look.
We also poked holes near the tops of the years for the twine to go through.
We placed them on a non-stick sheet made for baking clay. And baked them in the oven for about 15 minutes.
And here is where the fun begins. I had three different waxes to choose from. I wanted to experiment so using the furniture polish (that’s the one in the center which is really clear) I went over all of the hearts. and wiped them with a clear cloth.
Once the dark wax is wiped back you can clearly see all the markings on the heart.
But I was not happy with either one. The one was too bland and the other too dark. To soften up the darker one I added white on top. This process was trial and error but that’s how you figure out what you like.
You may have noticed that I had made holes in the hearts before baking them. My intent was to create a garland with the hearts.
I think it turned out just right!
And not too dark!
I hope you’ve enjoyed our how to make a natural clay Valentine’s heart garland. I got to spend a wonderful afternoon with my daughter and we made a heart garland which can pretty much stay up all year round. That is definitely a win-win in my book! How do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Do you go all out or are you like me?
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