Hello! So today’s treat is a crafty one, a lovey dovey heart filled craft of joy! Good activity to do at home with children or for teachers to use at school. You can adapt it for any occasion by simply changing the shape of the cookie cutter – Christmas Trees, Easter bunnies, balloons – it’s a versatile, fun craft.
You will need:
- 1 cup of PVA glue
- 2 cups of cornflour
- a heart cookie cutter, medium or large
- rolling pin
- greaseproof paper
- mixing bowl
- colouring pencils, glitter pens – anything to want to use to decorate
- string or ribbon, red if possible
1. To start with you will need to measure out 2 cups of cornflour and add it to your mixing bowl. I got my ‘cup’ measurer from a shop called Tiger. I find so many recipes that use America cup measurements and it’s always a faff to work out the UK conversion. So if you can, find some cup measurers! Then add to the cornflour 1 cup of PVA glue.
2. You will then need to mix it together, I started by using a normal dessert spoon but then moved on to using my hands after a while to ensure it was all combined.
3. Now you need to heavily cover your surface and rolling pin with cornflour to avoid your dough from sticking.
4. Roll out your dough until it is around 1cm thick and as smooth as you can make it.
5. Get your heart cookie cutter and start to cut out your shapes.
6. Before placing your hearts on your greaseproof paper lined tray, you will need to poke two holes into the top of each heart ready for stringing later. You can use a pencil or any other implement that creates a hole!
7. Use a paint brush or pastry brush to dust off any excess flour.
8. Now lay the hearts on the tray and place somewhere warm to harden over night. I found the next morning that they had dried on the side facing up, but underneath the dough was still quite wet. I turned them over and within a few hours they were hard throughout.
9. Now comes the fun part of decorating. You can do what you want really – glitter pens, sparkles, stickers…I just went for colouring pencil! You can use sharpies but I found that the ink bled into the dough so pencils were better. You will achieve a rustic look because obviously the dough won’t be completely crinkle free but the effect is actually quite nice!
10. When the hearts are decorated you may find you need to gently poke through the holes again so they are easier to thread.
11. Thread your string or ribbon through the holes and hang your bunting wherever you want to make your house or classroom feel full of love!
Obviously you will be left with some gluey gunk to wash up at the end of this. Try to avoid washing it down the sink or popping it straight in the dishwasher because you will be left with glue stuck in, around and down the pipes – never a good thing! Use some kitchen roll to wipe away the majority of the residue before you wash up.
I hope you manage to have a go at this one, it’s simple, cheap and fun to make plus you can store it and use year after year at Valentines – winner!
See you tomorrow!