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Don’t all preschoolers want a shiny new Valentine necklace?  Or is it just mine…?

We’ve been working on these “I love you” necklaces for my daughter’s Valentines party tomorrow and they turned out so sweet.  The salt dough takes a while to dry and harden, so the process was 24 hours start-finish… but we were in no hurry.   We made the dough and cut-outs yesterday and did the painting and decorating today.  She hasn’t taken her’s off yet!

Cut Hearts
We cut out a bunch of different sizes of hearts!

Stamp Hearts

Then stamped them with “hearts” and “butterflies”.

Drill Hearts

We decided to make them into necklaces after we dried them, so I drilled little holes for the string.  You can use a straw to punch the hole in while they are still wet.

Painting Hearts

We painted them with acrylic paints, then glazed with a glittery clear coat.  I applied “Mod Podge” to the backs to seal them.  All of these dried very quickly.


They turned out beautifully!

Wearing Heart

Valentine necklaces for all the Lovies tomorrow!


Valentine Necklace
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water (at most)
  • ½ tsp red food coloring
  1. Preheat oven to 200F
  2. Combine the flour and salt.
  3. Add the dye to the water.
  4. Gradually add the water to the flour and salt. You want the dough to be wet, but not sticky (like sugar-cookie dough).
  5. Roll out on a floured surface, and add more flour if it is too sticky.
  6. You can do any thickness, but the thicker the dough, the longer it takes to dry.
  7. Cut out shapes.
  8. Place on a cookie sheet and bake a few hours, until thoroughly dry. You might want to flip them part-way though. Try leaving them out overnight to finish drying.

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