DIY clay heart bunting

I’m joining in with the 20 Days of a kid-Made Christmas fiesta today and sharing an idea for some DIY clay heart decorations, which are so pretty for hanging on the Christmas tree or as some festive bunting. Here’s the DIY clay recipe and how to make the heart decorations.

Great DIY homemade clay recipe. Lovely for Christmas craftsDIY clay heart bunting

We’re making our heart decorations from a DIY glue dough recipe, which will air dry, rather than needing baking.

To make the air-drying clay/dough you will need one part PVA glue and two parts cornflour {UK name} / cornstarch {US name}. We used a one cup measure of glue and two cups cornflour.

glue dough recipeThen all you need to do is mix the two together ~ easy as that!

craft recipe how to make clayIn a matter of minutes you’ll go from this :: to this :: to this, and you’ll have a lovely, white moldable dough, similar in consistency to ready-roll icing/frosting. It’s a fun hands-on mix for kids to try.

diy clay recipe Then you can roll out the dough and use some cookie cutters to stamp out some shapes. We’re using hearts, but Christmas trees and snowflakes would be lovely too. And if you have a number 8 cookie cutter, you could use it as a snowman shape.

christmas heart decorationsYou can use a pencil or skewer to make holes in your hearts, so you’ll be able to add a ribbon and hang them up. Make one hole in the centre top if you want the kind of decoration you hang on a tree, or two holes either side of the top if you want to make bunting.

diy clay heart decorationsAnd you can use a dry paintbrush to sweep over the surface and remove any clay dough crumbs that you might have on the surface of your hearts. Then you can set your hearts on a flat surface {we used a baking tray lined with baking parchment} and leave them overnight to dry out.

heart decorations

Once they are dry the hardened clay dough is a wonderful surface to decorate, and it takes pencils and wax crayons really well. Or add some glitter glue for sparkles.

diy clay heart decorations

All the children (and adults!) in your family or class could make a heart to add to the set ~ each of them unique.

diy clay recipe heart buntingAdd a ribbon or some thread and you’re ready to hang up your decorations. Our heart garland is going in our kitchen to be some festive bunting across our window.

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  1. Lowri says

    Thinking of adding a drop of essential oil, adding ribbon to individual hearts and giving them as scented wardrobe angers as gifts :)

  2. lisa says

    Hi, could you add food coloring to the glue before you mix it so they would be a solid color other than white?

    • says

      I don’t lisa, I haven’t tried it. You might need a very strong colouring, or lots of it, to get a bold colour, as it will be ‘diluted’ by the flour. You’d need to perhaps add it in as part of the glue ration, or you’ll end up with too runny a clay. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out. Cathy

  3. says

    Going to try these today with my 15 year old & my 11 year old. We ‘re having a crafty afternoon together. I don’t get to share time with them very often these days so crafting is something we can do while having a chat, much better than going to the movies! Can’t wait! Merry Christmas!

    • says

      Hi Lori. I haven’t tried it, but I think you probably could paint it. It dries really hard, so I think it should take some paint. Let me know if it works!

  4. says

    Really still one of my absolute holiday favorite posts! 😉 Happy Holidays
    PS– the latest Newsletter/email was absolutely gorgeous w/the Christmas ornament calendar activities!
    loving the deaign!

    • says

      Thank Jeanine! Hope you are well. I still have these hearts hanging in my kitchen window – I look at them everyday as I drink my morning coffee. :)

  5. Neelam says

    I wanted to use this idea to make 3-D ornaments, would this recipe be okay for that?

    • says

      Hi Neelam, it’s going to depend how 3D you want them I think. You can see from the photos that the hearts have a depth to them – so they are 3D. But if you are thinking of making tall, stand-alone, statue type decorations, I think you might find this clay too soft to mould and stand up.

  6. Heather says

    Can you please message how many hearts your recipe makes up? My 17 yr old daughter and I are going to whip up a couple batches for gifts for Valentines gifts for her friends and family. Thanks for the recipe they look super easy. My daughter and I have been deciding what to use to decorate them. She’s an artist, truly. And wanted to use fine sharpies. I said no it will probably be a little rough. So I’m going to spray some with clear coat after they dry and then let that dry. Should be a good smooth surface for her work. I will definitely let you know and send a pic or two? If you’d like that email me your address. Thanks Again!

    • says

      Hi Heather. I’m going to guess you’d get 12 hearts (of the size shown) from this quantity – but it’s a while since we made these hearts, so I’m going from memory and you might find it makes more. Remind your daughter to brush down the ‘crumbs’ off the surface of the hearts and she will get a much better surface to drawn on. It is much smoother than a salt dough, and matte. I would love the see the designs you create!

  7. Deborah says

    Love these hearts and am trying to get the dough consistency correct.
    I followed the ratio (2 cups corn startch to 1 cup if white school glue) and now have a crumbly ehite mixture that is not
    forming anything resembling dough. Any suggestions on what I did wrong and how to not make the same
    error next batch? Thank you so much!

    • says

      Hi Deborah. Because flour is a natural material it’s absorbency does vary a little. Cornflour in particular seems to be like this. I usually add in a little more glue to the mix if it seems too crumbly.

  8. Elsje says


    I would like to know how long this last? Or do you need to use it immediately after making?

    Thank you

    • says

      Hi Elsje. We used it straight away but I think if you wrapped it up well in plastic is might be OK to use a few hours later or even the next day, so long as you don’t let air get to it and dry it out?

  9. Mini says

    Hi I’m looking at making craft circles with this kind of clay. I need to know how solid it is after it dries. I mean iv tried making the salt and flour one before and altho it dries hard but if u tap it hard or drop it on the floor it breaks. Any idea is this is stronger than that? Beautifully hearts btw. TIA

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