Sunday, February 1, 2015

Clay Valentines

Little clay Valentines were a big hit with after schoolers  of all ages.  They're quick and easy to make and can be completed in one class.  To start I had students roll out five long snakes of clay about the thickness of a pencil.  We covered the coils with a damp paper towel to keep them from drying out and then I gave the demonstration on building.  We built our hearts on a piece of cellophane that was scrap from our can see it in the photo below.  Underneath the heart students placed a paper heart that they previously cut from a folded paper.  The paper heart serves as a guide for laying out their design.  Fill the heart shape with coils and smear everything together with your thumb.  Place a hole for hanging if you like.  Flip over and add textures to your heart.  Let dry and fire.
We're going to paint these hearts with water colors because we're in a hurry to hang them.


  1. I'm currently doing the same thing with my 1st graders! They get to choose from hearts and stars, I'm excited to do some experimenting with color.

  2. Barb, these are great! Looking forward to seeing them painted - I think they'll be really pretty. Maybe a coat of Mod Podge when done, to make them sparkle and shine?