In this post, I am sharing how to use clay to make a love heart trinket dish. A perfect easy Valentine’s day DIY! Air-dry clay is easy to get your hands on, and you can use it to create loads of projects. You may remember my clay leaf bowls, well these heart-shaped trinkets dishes are similar.
One of my favourite things to make as a kid was a DIY Valentine’s day present. This year I wanted to make some Valentines day gift DIY presents that can be given to your friends or used as home decor in my house. They are also kid-friendly, and you can make these with little ones.
Today I am sharing how I made some love heart trinket dished using air-dry clay. An easy DIY and you can get creative with this one. You might have seen my leaf trinket dish DIY from Autumn, well, this is similar and follows the same process.
You can easily make these in an afternoon, and the longest part about this project is waiting for the clay to dry. I have also put together a Youtube video where you can see how I made these trinket dishes.
What you will need to make your clay love heart trinket dish
- Air-dry clay
- Some card to cut out a heart template
- A butter knife, or craft knife
- Small bowl and some cling film
- Acrylic or chalk paints and some clear varnish
The first thing I did was make a love heart-shaped template from some card. I cut out a shape that I was happy with, and I used this as my template for my trinket dishes.
Then, I rolled out some air-dry clay. I used a glass bottle to roll mine out and made sure they were thick. Using my heart-shaped template, I placed it on top of the clay and cut around the clay using a butter knife. I wet my finger with some water and smoothed out the edges and any wrinkles.
Once I was happy with my clay, I wrapped some cling film around a bowl. I then sat my clay into the bowl and allowed it to dry overnight. Most air dry clay will take 24 hours to dry, but you can check the wrapper for the drying time for your clay. Some clays need to baking in the oven to set. I placed my bowls near the radiator to help them dry quicker.
Personalising Your Love Heart Trinket Dishes
Once my clay was dry, I then had some fun painting them. I used some acrylic paints that I had in my craft kit to paint them. You can use some tester pots of chalk paint to paint them as well. I gave them two coats of paint and allowed them to fully dry.
Using a brush, I brushed on one coat of clear varnish to the trinket dishes. My varnish has a sheen to it, and it gave my trinket dishes a silky finish. I then allowed them to dry fully before using them.
These are so fun to make. You can customise and decorate your love heart trinket dishes, and get creative with different paints. Why not make them suit your style of decor.
You can also wrap them up and give them away as a cute Galentine’s present. Don’t forget to check out my Youtube video below for some more Valentine’s day DIY inspiration. Also, if you liked this DIY, then check out my leaf trinket dish DIY.
Please share this DIY with someone who you think would enjoy making them. Thanks for reading, Chat soon, Catherine.