Salt Dough Heart Magnets – Valentine’s Day Kid’s Crafts

This Valentine’s Day is a special one for us because it is Elle’s first year in preschool, which means it’ll be her first time ever giving and receiving valentines! Yep, this will be one of her many first =)

Since she has over 25 friends at school plus we want to give valentines to some of our family, we had to find a craft that is easy and cheap to make. It also needs to be useful and pretty =)

And so, we decided to make a ton of these cute salt dough heart magnets.

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Salt dough is so easy and versatile to work with and everything you need is already in your kitchen. Making a batch takes less than 5 minutes!

To make these heart magnets, first we prepared a batch of salt dough with the recipe below.

If you want to make your magnets pink or another colour, you could add a drop of food colouring as you mix your dough together. Since I love the natural colour of the dough and will be stamping on it later, we left it uncoloured.

Next we rolled out the dough to about 1/4″ thickness and used some 1 1/4″ heart shaped cookie cutters to cut out a whole bunch of hearts.

If you have a creative and strong willed little girl with lots of ideas, she’ll want to use other shape cookie cutters =)

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Next we gathered some Valentine themed stamps along with permanent ink pads in red and pink.

Now, let’s talk about the ink we used because it needs to be a particular type. I used to stamp a lot making handmade cards so I can speak to this subject =)

There are 2 types of ink.

One is a water based ink that is great for stamping on paper. You do not want to use this type for this project. If you do, the colour will not show up as vibrant and the ink will probably come off sooner or later.

The ink you want to use for stamping on salt dough is a permanent ink. It could also be called pigment ink or archival dye ink or multi surface ink. When you use this ink to stamp on salt dough, metal, plastic or any other non-absorbent craft materials, the colour is really vibrant and it will stay on, permanently.

valentines day kids crafts salt dough hearts

After all the hearts (and other shapes) have been stamped, we put them on a cookie sheet and into the oven at it’s lowest temperature for about 3 hours, turning it over once every hour. After 3 hours, I shut off the oven and left the hearts in there over night.

The point of putting them in the oven is to speed up the drying process. If you want, you could let them air dry (without putting them in the oven).

When the hearts are dried, use a glue gun to glue craft magnets on the back of the hearts.

You need to work fast because the glue dries really fast when it leaves the glue gun. Elle and I worked together for this part. One of us squeezed the glue onto the heart while the other put the magnet on. Great team work is needed here =)

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Salt Dough Recipe For Kids

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon glitter

How To Make The Salt Dough for Crafts

  1. In a bowl, mix together flour and salt.
  2. Pour in the water and stir.
  3. Knead until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  4. If dough is too sticky, add more flour a bit at a time. If dough is too dry, add more water a little at a time.
  5. Use your dough for your purpose. For us, we rolled it flat to 1/4″ thickness and cut out a bunch of heart shapes.
  6. Bake at your oven’s lowest temperature for a few hours, turning the dough over once in a while. (or if you want to let them air dry, you can do that too. It’ll take a few days and just turn them over everyday)

valentines day kids crafts printablesIf you’re giving your magnets away, here is a valentine printable you can download  and print to card stock to mount your magnets on.

Happy Valentine’s!

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Sarah De Diego -

My kids just started school in January. Well, one of them is no longer in school but that’s another story (stop by my blog for Parts 1-3).

These magnets would be a great gift and my kids would love making them. I can get all the ingredients in Mexico except the oven :) Anyway that I could microwave them?

I now follow you via all social media (Sarah De Diego, Journeys of The Zoo @zoojourneys) except Instagram, your link is broken (I’m journeysofthezoo). Looking forward to connecting further.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
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Malika Bourne -

Love/heart this heart shaped magnet idea so much I hope you don’t mind that I pinned it and skinny scooped it , too.

Sharon Wieland Lynch -

I am a preschool teacher so this also helps with fine motor. Thank you for this idea! I am so happy to follow your blog. I greatly appreciate all you do!!!

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Beverly Carter -

What a cute idea to do with your kids. They turned out so adorable.
Bev

Sara Rosa -

Where did you purchase the stamps with text? You could paint them in pastel colors to resemble candy conversation hearts.

Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Chan Margoles -

Great idea! We had fun making them!

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Rebecca English -

What a great idea. These are so cute and make a lovely gift.

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Livia Wright Taylor -

What a fun project! I love using salt dough for handprints of my little one, and I bet she’d love to do this, too.

Sharon Zell -

I have purchased all the necessary items, can’t wait to make them with my son!

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I love this idea! You are being featured at this week’s link party. :) https://www.facebook.com/thelifeofjenniferdawn/posts/707057342668172

Michelle Jeananne Tillery -

Love it.

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Marie-Michel Weber -

Oh this is great!! We make salt dough ornaments every Christmas and love them, so this is just the perfect idea for Valentine’s day!! Thank you! :)

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Glenda Jayne Menham -

This was so fun to make! Turned out so great, we used sparkle gel pens to write words on, took longer but cute! There is enough for all three kids class mates. How did you mount your magnets on the card? Thanks Glenda

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