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Thumbprint Heart Pendants

by on May 7th, 2011

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Plaster of Paris has become my best friend! I just keep discovering things I can do with it! So since Mothers’ Day is coming up, we decided to make some necklaces for mom! I’m sure there are a lot more easy ways to do this, but this was what we had, and I’m proud to say that it really worked out fine! Not only is this a unique activity for the kids, but it’s something worth keeping forever! This makes me wish I had my own kid so he/she would make me one too! (hehe)

What you will need

  • At least 1 cup Plaster of Paris
  • At least 1/2 cup water
  • Poster Paint
  • Thin paint brush
  • Yarn or Nylon Thread
  • Pencil
  • Circle shaped cutter

Step 1: Mix the plaster and water together. The amount depends on how big the children’s fingers are so you have to try it out first

Make the mixture thick so the kids can press hard later on without fearing that the mold would break.

Step 2: Use the circle shaped cutter to smooth out the edges. We didn’t have any so we used a coffee stirrer instead

Step 3: Using the pencil, punch a whole through the top of the mold

Step 4: Use both thumbs to make the heart. The thumbs should cross each other

Step 5: Wait for it to dry a little, and then engrave the back. I simply wrote the child’s name and the date.

Older kids can do this themselves, but you’d need to help the younger kids.

Step 6: Paint the heart. Again, the older kids can do this themselves. But younger kids would have much difficulty holding a small pendant and painting it. Hence, we did it for our toddlers.

Step 7: Insert the yarn into the previously punched hole

Step 8: Tie the knot and it’s ready to be wrapped!

*You can also try making it into a tear-shape instead of circular and make the plaster harden over it. My partner tried it that way, and here’s how her work turned out:

**Other gifts you can make for mom:

<<—Thumbprint Heart Rings

Flower Pendants–>>





<<–Hug Card

Scented Flowers –>>


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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