Monday, 9 February 2015

Valentine's Day Salt Dough Hearts // Kids Craft

Thanks again to the glorious powers of Pinterest, we’ve recently rediscovered salt dough. I say rediscovered because I used to craft with salt dough when I was a kid and had nearly erased those long-forgotten Christmas ornaments from memory. (I knew all those late nights spent pinning would come in handy eventually!) Salt dough is such an easy, versatile craft. And while salt dough hearts have  already been brilliantly done and done and done, here’s another version for your V-Day fun!

When coming up with an idea for a Valentine’s Day craft for the kids, I was inspired by a creative friend’s own line of screenprinted items.  EARTHCADETS creates some really rad pillows, banners, totes and clothing pieces. Some of my kids’ favourite tops are from this environmentally conscious shop. I can vouch that the tops are all super soft & more importantly they can withstand the test of toddlerhood. Plus the owner, Krissy Callahan, is the most incredibly sweet girl you’ll ever come across! So part of the inspiration for this project goes out to her! Please take a look at some of her playful Valentine's Day pieces here.

Recipe for Salt Dough Hearts:
·         2 cups of flour
·         1 cup of salt
·         ¾ cup to 1 cup of WARM water

Decorative Elements:
·         Googly Eyes of Varying Sizes
·         Tacky Glue
·         Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
·         Bakers String
·         Optional Paint

1. Mix the flour & salt together. Gradually add in the warm water until the dough is smooth. If it becomes too wet, just add a bit more flour.

2. Roll the dough out and cut out some hearts. We used some playdough cutters in different heart sizes.

3. Place the hearts on a baking tray. I covered mine with parchment paper first. 

4. Use a skewer or toothpick to create a hole in the heart for hanging later.

5.Place the baking tray in the oven for 100 degrees C.

6.After 5 minutes, turn the hearts over. You might need to repoke the holes if they closed up. Repeat this process 2-3 times. Then leave them in the oven for 3-4 hours. Remove the hearts before they start to bubble or brown at the edges.
Recommend to leave the hearts to dry in a safe spot for another couple of days.

7.If you wanted to paint your hearts, now would be the time to do so. We kept ours plain this particular time but I think red hearts would look fab! Once fully dry, thread the bakers twine through the hole. Then use your tacky glue and place drops of glue all over the hearts. Place the googly eyes on the tacky glue spots. Let the glue dry.

Alternative ideas for salt dough hearts include adding paint, glitter or food coloring to change the color and texture, or adding children's thumb prints for a personal keepsake, or stringing several hearts together and creating a banner. 

We popped these heart ornaments into the mail to surprise some of our favorite people with a little Valentine love. Will you be on the receiving end of this fun & easy craft?! What is your Valentine of choice to give this year?

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentines Day! XOXO

Oh and I swear I did not realize Emme was wearing a top with hearts on it until I was taking these photos. But how perfect did that work out?! 


  1. I love the googly eyes on the hearts very creative! and I love all of Emme's action shots!

    1. Well, EYE Love You! haha! Thanks for the blog love x

  2. Great job Erin and Emme. Love the craft and looking forward to more. Looks fabulous.

    1. Thanks so much Carlene. A bit of fun for us! xo

  3. Great job Erin and looking forward to more projects 💕💗💋

    1. Thank you so much, Robin! Now what should my next one be???! xo


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