It’s always fun and rewarding for kids to make their own Valentine cards.
- salt dough (salt, dough, water)
- mixing bowl and spoon
- rolling pin
- heart shaped cookie cutters
- items to create textures eg. rubber stamps
- baking sheet
- metal spatula
- sand paper
- acrylic paint and brushes
- Mod Podge
- decorative papers, card stock, etc. for making cards
- cutting mat, craft knife, ruler, pencil
- glue stick for collages
- white glue or glue gun for adding salt dough hearts
Instructions for making the hearts:
Salt Dough Recipe
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 200 F. Combine salt and water. Add flour, combine well, and knead for 7-8 minutes until the dough is nice and smooth.
Form a ball and flatten with a rolling pin. Any thickness is fine, as long as you adjust baking times accordingly. Add textures using rubber stamps etc., then use cookie cutters to create the heart shapes. Extra dough can be rolled out to use again.
Use a metal spatula to remove the dough shapes from your work surface and onto a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 F, until they are hard. The length of time will depend on the thickness, so keep checking on them. Ours were somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch, and baking took about 2 hours. Increasing the temperature can cause the dough to become brownish, so it’s worth being patient.
Once they have cooled, use sand paper to smooth the edges, then add acrylic paint to decorate – undiluted for intense colours, or combined with plenty of water to create washes. Hearts can be further decorated with glitter glue, or even with a collage of interesting papers. Applying Mod Podge as a final touch will give them a shiny, varnished look.
Instructions for making the cards:
You can choose pre-cut cards which come with their own envelopes, or cut your own cards from the amazing selection of papers that are available today. Just make sure their weight is on the heavier side, and that you cut them to fit your envelopes.
Before adding the salt dough hearts, you can embellish the papers by creating collages or splattering paint. Use white glue or a glue gun to attach the hearts. While they dry, kids can tap into their inner poet for the greetings they’ll be adding inside.