This Valentines' Day, make a memorable DIY keepsake that your entire family will cherish.

I don’t know what I love more - getting a homemade heart keepsake or spending unplugged time with my daughter as we make it together. 

In our house, crafts are the one activity that my daughter gladly drops her phone for so we can be creative together and this Valentine's Day, I wanted to take full advantage of that!

This Fingerprint Heart craft can be given to someone we love and scores extra points by being a great gift for grandparents, family members or teachers.

Ingredients

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1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup corn starch

3/4 cup of warm water

Rolling pin

Non-stick mat

Pan

Spatula

Heart shaped cookie cutters

Straw

Ribbon or Twine

Ink pads

Parchment paper (for baking)

Gift bag (optional)


How to Make the Fingerprint Heart Dough

This dough recipe is super easy to make and has the consistency of playdough so kids love working with it to make their creations.

Step 1: Add 1 cup of baking soda, ½ cup corn starch, and ¾ cup of warm water to a pan.

Step 2: Stir ingredients in pan with no heat till they are mixed together.

Step 3: Turn on the stove to medium heat and stir for 15-minutes until it becomes the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Step 4: Remove from the pan and let cool for a few minutes.

Step 5: Knead the dough for a few minutes until it is the texture of playdough.

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6 Easy Steps to Create the Fingerprint Keepsake Heart

 Step 1: Roll out your clay so it is ½” thick on a nonstick mat. Using heart shaped cookie cutters cut out hearts that you child can customize.

Warning: Unlike cookie dough, where if you want to fit another cookie into the dough roll you can add some additional dough into the existing roll out, this clay dough does not work that way. If you try to add additional dough to your roll out, you will have a crease in your heart after it dries. So, if you can’t make an additional heart fit in your original dough roll out, you'll need to completely re-knead the dough and roll out again.

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Step 2: Using a straw, make a hole in each clay heart. 

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Step 4: Your hearts need to dry before the they can be decorated. You can either air dry for a few days or put in the oven for an hour. If you decide to go the oven route, bake at 200 degrees for roughly 25 minutes per side on parchment paper.

Step 5: Decorate your clay hearts after your clay hearts have cooled. Your child can decorate their own fingerprint with colored ink from an ink pad.

Have your child press their finger into the ink to color their original fingerprint impression. 

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Step 4: Your hearts need to dry before the they can be decorated. You can either air dry for a few days or put in the oven for an hour. If you decide to go the oven route, bake at 200 degrees for roughly 25 minutes per side on parchment paper.

Step 5: Decorate your clay hearts after your clay hearts have cooled. Your child can decorate their own fingerprint with colored ink from an ink pad.

Have your child press their finger into the ink to color their original fingerprint impression. 


Step 6: After the ink has dried, thread colored or printed Valentine’s Day ribbon through the hole in your clay heart. I always like to mark on the back with a permanent marker the name of the child and the year. I also then like to put the keepsake in a gift bag before giving it to the recipient, but his is purely optional. 

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I hope you enjoy making this Keepsake Fingerprint Heart with your child as much I did with mine. Wishing you and your family a very happy Valentine’s Day.

About Kristin MacLaughlin

Mom of three, fosters rescued dogs, and is helping to drive the conversation about digital parenting as VP of Consumer Marketing for Zift.

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