I have a confession. I cannot use a rolling pin to save my life. For some reason I have an inability to roll out mixture so that it is an even thickness. I typically end up with one thin end and one thick end. This means that I avoid any craft or cooking recipes if it requires me to use a rolling pin. However, I was determined to make DIY Clay Conversation Hearts ready for Valentine’s Day. Would it be possible to make them without using a rolling pin?

Making DIY White Clay is incredibly easy. Mix two half cups of cornstarch with 118ml of white glue until the mixture becomes a moldable dough. It should have the same consistency as ready-roll icing. Now this is where most people would use a rolling pin and a cookie cutter to create the Conversation Hearts. Not me though. I wanted to experiment to see if I could create the hearts without the said rolling pin or cookie cutters.

These adorable, simple to make, DIY Clay Conversation Hearts are the perfect valentines crafts to keep your kids busy when it's too cold to go outside. They make the perfect, noncandy valentines gift for school friends, and can be used for various valentines day activities (think: valentines tic-tac-toe) when your little ones are climbing the walls!

I took our Conversation Heart silicone mould and pushed the white clay into each heart. It was easy as that. I just made sure that the clay was pushed down firmly into the mold. Once all twelve hearts were filled with white clay I left them to dry overnight. At this point I didn’t even know if my little experiment would work.

These adorable, simple to make, DIY Clay Conversation Hearts are the perfect valentines crafts to keep your kids busy when it's too cold to go outside. They make the perfect, noncandy valentines gift for school friends, and can be used for various valentines day activities (think: valentines tic-tac-toe) when your little ones are climbing the walls!

Recently I had used the Conversation Heart silicone mould to create wax crayon hearts. However, this experiment ended with disastrous consequences. As soon as I tried to remove the wax crayon heart from the mold the hearts instantly broke. As a result I was incredibly cautious when removing the clay hearts. I didn’t need to be though. They popped out of the mould easily and remained intact.

These adorable, simple to make, DIY Clay Conversation Hearts are the perfect valentines crafts to keep your kids busy when it's too cold to go outside. They make the perfect, noncandy valentines gift for school friends, and can be used for various valentines day activities (think: valentines tic-tac-toe) when your little ones are climbing the walls!

I placed them onto a heart shaped plastic plate that was covered in baking paper.

These adorable, simple to make, DIY Clay Conversation Hearts are the perfect valentines crafts to keep your kids busy when it's too cold to go outside. They make the perfect, noncandy valentines gift for school friends, and can be used for various valentines day activities (think: valentines tic-tac-toe) when your little ones are climbing the walls!

The disadvantage to my experiment was that I was so convinced that it wouldn’t work I hadn’t even washed the silicone mould after my disastrous wax crayon attempt.

These adorable, simple to make, DIY Clay Conversation Hearts are the perfect valentines crafts to keep your kids busy when it's too cold to go outside. They make the perfect, noncandy valentines gift for school friends, and can be used for various valentines day activities (think: valentines tic-tac-toe) when your little ones are climbing the walls!

As a result there were several specks of wax crayon on the clay hearts. However, this was soon covered up with the acrylic paint. I used a mixture of red, pink, purple and light blue acrylic paint to cover each Conversation Heart. I used a small paint brush to get the paint in between all the lettering.

These adorable, simple to make, DIY Clay Conversation Hearts are the perfect valentines crafts to keep your kids busy when it's too cold to go outside. They make the perfect, noncandy valentines gift for school friends, and can be used for various valentines day activities (think: valentines tic-tac-toe) when your little ones are climbing the walls!

As a first attempt at creating DIY Clay Conversation Hearts I was really pleased. I didn’t need to get out a rolling pin and the hearts were easy enough for my three year old to make. Next time I will ensure that the silicone mold is completely clean before starting. This would ensure there were no small bubble holes in the clay hearts or left over wax crayon specks.

These adorable, simple to make, DIY Clay Conversation Hearts are the perfect valentines crafts to keep your kids busy when it's too cold to go outside. They make the perfect, noncandy valentines gift for school friends, and can be used for various valentines day activities (think: valentines tic-tac-toe) when your little ones are climbing the walls!

There are many uses for our DIY Clay Conversation Hearts. They could be given as gift on Valentine’s Day or added to a Valentine’s Day card or craft. The hearts could be used as tokens to play tic-tac-toe or even used as counters for simple addition. I didn’t let my fear of the rolling pin defeat me!

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These adorable, simple to make, DIY Clay Conversation Hearts are the perfect valentines crafts to keep your kids busy when it's too cold to go outside. They make the perfect, noncandy valentines gift for school friends, and can be used for various valentines day activities (think: valentines tic-tac-toe) when your little ones are climbing the walls!

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Emma
During a difficult pregnancy suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Emma vowed to make every day an adventure once she had recovered. Her blog, Adventures of Adam, is the outcome of completing a 100 day play challenge with her toddler as part of that promise. Emma has a section dedicated to HG friendly play activities so that Mums can still be part of their children’s play whilst they are ill.

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