Today I want to share with you how to make a mother and child heart necklace with polymer clay. This is inspired by one of my favorite preschool books, No Matter What by Debi Gliori (UK Link/US Link).
No Matter What is the story of Small and his questions about love and life.
“Does love wear out?” said Small.
“Does it break or bend?
Can you fix it, stick it, does it mend?”
A mother and child necklace is the perfect accompaniment to the book as they remind children that they are always in your heart and you love them no matter what. I always used to tell my boys that they had a piece of my heart and that is what the necklace represents to me.
How to make a mother and child heart necklace
We made our necklaces with polymer clay which we marbled inspired by these clay heart charms by Buggy and Buddy for Red Ted Art. Initially, we were going to make them from microwavable air drying clay like our tealight holders or salt dough like the previous jewelry we have made.
- Polymer clay – we used FIMO Kids (UK Link/US Link)
- Heart shaped cookie cutters (UK Link/US Link)
- Heart Fondant Plunger Cutters (UK Link/US Link)
- Rolling pin (UK Link/US Link)
- Silicone mat (UK Link/US Link
- Bakers Twine (UK Link/US Link)
Instructions for making a mother and child heart necklace
Start my marbling your chosen clay (you can see how to do this on our video) and then rolling it out to your desired thickness (about 3mm).
Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the larger heart.
The using the heart fondant plunger cut out a smaller heart.
Make a small hole in the smallest heart with a straw, toothpick or skewer.
Place your polymer clay hearts onto a sheet of parchment or tin foil and cook in the oven as per the manufacturer’s instructions and allow to cool.
Then you can sand any sharp edges with a nail file and add the bakers twine to make a necklace.
I first encountered this book after my Mum died and it was recommended to me to read with the boys who were 4 and 5 at the time. It talks about unconditional love and it helped me reassure the boys that “love like starlight never dies”.
It has glorious illustrations, good rhyming text and a lovely story about the strength of a parent’s love for their child. This is the perfect book to end the evening with and help assure any child just how much they are loved.
A brilliant book for putting big worries to rest.