We have another fantastic valentines keepsake for you today with these beautiful heart cutout tealight holders made with microwaveable clay. Yes, clay that you can dry in the microwave. We are totally in love with this stuff and it is perfect for things that are vertical as it is a lot lighter than standard air-drying clay, so there is no droop!
I really need to share with you what a game changer finding air drying clay that you can microwave has been for crafting and creating with my boys. We are not the most patient bunch and this clay is transformational. We can go from moulding and manipulating it to having it dry within 15 minutes as all it takes is 10 minutes in the microwave. Plus it is a different texture and weight to standard air drying clay with none of the fibrous feel to it, so my boys find it easier to work with. It dries more of a pure white, so we don’t even have to paint it. We loved working with it on our heart shaped ring bowls and the fingerprint heart ornaments we made. But you can use standard polymer clay to make these tealight holders too.
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heart cutout tea light holders
- Fimo Air Light (which you can microwave) or other air drying clay (US Link/UK 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
- Battery tea lights (UK Link/US Link)
- flexible measuring tape
How to make heart cutout tea light holders
First off knead your dough and then roll it out. We like to use a silicone baking mat for rolling.
I took my measurements for the votives from an existing candle we had used a cloth tape measure. Then cut out a template in cardboard. Ours is 18cm by 7cm. Then I laid it on the air drying clay and cut it to shape.
Punch out your hearts. This is for the light to shine through. We did random ones, but you could do a shape or pattern.
Then using a candle or other object for support shape your clay and join the edges together. The easiest way to join them is to score them and dampen your finger. Remove your candle from the center of the heart cutout tea light holder and then dry as per the instructions.
If you watch the video then you get a better idea of how it is all done!
Look at how beautiful they are all lit up with the light shining through the cutout hearts.