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 polymer clay 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 polymer clay 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).
How to Marble Polymer Clay
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.
No Matter What by Debi Gliori – UK Link/US Link
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.
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Oh I love the idea for doing this with my two little girls and perfect as my two are always wanting to wear necklaces!
These are really cute! What a lovely idea. I love the quote too! xx
I love this post so much. Love is such an important thing, and kids knowing they are loved no matter what is a big part of it. I loved the idea of the necklace to remind them they are always in my heart. I had a plan to buy something along that lines for Christmas for myself, but I think I like your one better, because it has the add of making it yourself with the kids.
What a brilliant idea – Eliza will love doing this
Another fantasticv idea for Valentines Day. Cant’wait to try this one!
These are just adorable. Think I’ll have to make Emmy one for her birthday.
What a beautiful idea. The book sounds good too, definitely one I want to read xx
the children and I love making jewelry, we’ve not used polymer clay though. might have to pick some up
I love these and my daughter would go crazy for them. So personal but so meaningful! I HAVE to make them! x
This really is such a beautiful idea!
OOOH what a beautiful cute idea xx I love this
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When you first mentioned Mother and child necklace, I thought of something like a mommy and her little girl 🙂 Thant’s a really nice looking necklace, so unique too. I think it should make someone’s valentine. Thanks a lot for the share.
I’m thrilled to feature you on #CreateMakeShare – it’s such a great craft. Thanks for linking up.
What a beautiful craft project, I love crafts I do children’s face panting in and around Bristol and Bath and find that when I’m painting the children really want to get involved. Would love to see a face painting craft project on here too. Lovely blog keep up the good work X