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DIY | Gold Dipped Clay Heart Keychain

I think if all keychains had tassels and pretty gold things to look at, we’d lose them less often. Or maybe that’s just me.
I decided to make this Valentine’s appropriate keychain, but really it’s cute all year long. Using some air dry clay, gold paint, and tassels, this keychain is perfect as a gift for Valentine’s, a birthday, or just a little treat for yourself.

Looking at this, I kind of want to go get all my keys recut so they’re all gold. ….I may have a problem.
Let’s get making shall we?

Materials

  • Air dry clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Heart cookie cutter
  • White spray paint
  • Gold paint
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Plastic container
  • Embroidery thread
  • Gold lame cord
  • Cardboard or small book
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Jump rings
  • Keychain

I know I know. The materials list is long and there are so many steps! Aside from drying time, this DIY really doesn’t take all that long, and is a lot simpler than it may seem. I glammed it up a bit with gold lame cord rather than using just embroidery thread for the tassels, so you can certainly cut corners if you choose to.

Clay Heart Instructions

1 Roll the clay out onto parchment paper using a rolling pin about 1/4 inch thick.
2 Use your cookie cutter to cut out several shapes. If the surface of the heart is rough, wet your finger and lightly smooth it over.
3 Carefully poke a hole in each heart using a bamboo skewer. Place the heart back onto the parchment paper and allow to dry for 24+ hours (read your air dry clay packaging for more details).
4 Once dry, spray paint white. Once dry again, dip your heart in gold paint and place it back on the bamboo skewer.
5 Suspend the skewer over a plastic container to catch the dripping paint. Every half hour or so check on the progress. If the paint is thick, you may need to wipe the extra paint, or lightly spread it evenly over the bottom of the heart with your finger.
6 Loop a jump ring through the hole.
Alternate: If actually dipping in gold paint is just too much work for you, go ahead and use a gold leaf pen instead.

Tassel Instructions

1 Loop embroidery thread over a piece of cardboard or a small book. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that the length is double the final tassel length. Keep winding until you are satisfied with its size – the tassel will be twice as full as what’s currently looped around. Cut off the excess thread.
2 Cut a piece of lame cord and place it down. Slip off the embroidery thread and place it in the centre of the lame cord. Tie a firm double knot in the centre and trim the ends, making sure the cut ends are facing up.
3 Fold the tassel in half, making sure the cut end of the lame cord is hidden inside. Cut a 15 inch piece of lame cord and carefully wrap it from top to bottom around the top to create the tassel neck. You’ll want to make sure none of the threads overlap.
4 While keeping the lame cord secure with one hand, place a needle underneath with the other and thread the bottom loose lame cord end through the eye. Pull the thread up underneath the tassel neck, then tie a firm double knot with the top thread. Thread it back through behind the tassel neck and cut off the ends.
5 Cut the thread loops to create your tassel.
6 Attach a jump ring.
(If my explanation was a bit confusing – my pictures aren’t super clear – check out this tutorial)

Finally, put it all together!
Now of course, you don’t neeeeed to add all those tassels, but it just makes it that much more fun, am I right?

Print | ‘You Rock’ Printable Valentine

A few years ago I had a student who gave me a heart shaped box of chocolate that said two simple words on it – you rock.
This was from a kid who didn’t easily tell anyone what he/she thought of them, and ‘you rock’ was about as sentimental as they were going to get. It was absolutely perfect.

This year I wanted to make a valentine using the same simple sentiment. But of course, I had to add a pretty rock (diamonds holla!) to the design.
Here’s to you student of the past. I often wonder how you’re doing. I hope you’re all. And p.s., you rock too.

Print off the file and cut out each valentine to give out to your friends. If you need valentines for your kiddos then as a teacher I highly suggest giving them out to the entire class so everyone feels loved on this day!
If you want to go the extra mile, put some rock candy in a little bag to give along with the valentine.
Print the file onto heavy card stock.
Cut out each card along the white lines.
Write your to’s and from’s on the back and give out to your friends! Or strangers. You know, go ahead and make someone’s day.

A happy valentine’s day to you all. You rock!

The Friday Five – Valentine’s Printables

The Friday Five - Valentine's Printables | Squirrelly Minds

Unicorn Poster from CreativeLive / Heart Gift Box from Next to Nicx / Typography shirts from The DIY Diary / Art from Making it in the Mountains / Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards from Tinsel and Trim


What!? How is Valentine’s tomorrow? Seriously time is going way too fast guys. If you’re totally on the disorganized side of things like I am, these printables just might come in handy. Hang up poster or two, make a new t-shirt, fill the box with goodies and print off a card – boom! Valentine’s day is done.

Have a great one friends!
The mister and I will be celebrating Valentine’s day at our favourite Ethiopian restaurant, and then heading to the board game cafe for some gaming fun. Can’t wait!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

The Friday Five – Valentine’s DIYs

The Friday Five - Valentine's DIYs | Squirrelly Minds

Heart Teabags from Atilio / XO Marquee from Kristi Murphy / Conversation Heart Boxes from Damask Love / Date Jar from A Cup of Thuy / Heart Strings Pillow from Allisa Jacobs


Valentine’s Day is coming near – any of you have DIY plans? Here’s 5 fab ideas for you to craft over the weekend. Get out the red and pink!

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