How To Make Sweethearts with Polymer Clay - Excel Blades

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but there is still time to whip up a little surprise for that special someone you love.  You don’t have to be an expert to create Polymer Clay gifts from the heart.  Not only is this DIY a simple craft that adults can do, but it is a great craft for kids too!  These handmade polymer clay sweethearts are made from the heart with love.  You can make and personalize these hearts any way you’d like by writing special messages for that special valentine in your life.  Whether you are asking someone to be mine, his, or hers; these clay hearts are the perfect way to say you care!
 
With just a few tools and some imagination, you can create sweetheart “candies” that will last a lifetime!  This is a valentine’s gift that is better than flowers, chocolates, a dinner, or anything that can be bought.  Why you ask?  It is because this gift is made by you!  Not only does it show your creative side, it also shows you took the time out of your day to think of a gift to make special for them.  You can personalize them however you’d like.  Your sweetheart’s favorite color is orange?  No problem!  Create little orange hearts with special messages to them.  So, grab your tools and let’s create a valentine’s gift that is sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face!
 
Materials
Polymer Clay
Colored Markers
Pencil
Double Sided Tape
Foam Tape
Colored Paper
Bristol Paper
Hot Glue Gun
Plastic
 
Process
Start by grabbing your K18 and polymer clay, we chose to use our friends from Sculpey’s pink clay.  Cut a little piece of the clay and roll it into a ball using your hands.  We cut the clay into a 1cm cube.
TIP: Make sure the area you are working on and your hands are clean.  This will help with keeping the clay clean.  You can also wear gloves if you feel more comfortable.
          
 
Next, flatten out the ball with your thumb.
          
 
Now, grab your K18 hobby knife and cut a heart shape out of your flattened clay.
      
          
 
Grab your heart and smooth out the edges to give it that sweetheart candy shape.
TIP: Don’t worry if your heart isn’t perfect, it gives it character!
          
 
Now, you are ready to write your message on your heart!  Grab your retractable scribe and start making your impressions on the clay.  We chose to write “love you” on ours.
TIP: Dot the clay when scribing your words on the heart.  This will help make the letters more legible.
          
 
Once you’ve wrote your message, bake your clay hearts!  We chose to put ours in a toaster over at 400° for 5 minutes.  Just keep an eye on them to make sure they do not burn.
 
After you’ve baked your clay, grab your Bristol paper and create the sweetheart box for your “candies”
You can find a link to the template HERE ; Our Box is 3”L x 1.5”W x 3.5”H
You can make your box for the polymer clay hearts whatever size you’d like.
 
Now, grab your K18 and your Alumicutter and cut the box and heart out of the Bristol paper.  The alumicutter is a great ruler to use because of the raised fingerguard edge.  This edge will protect your fingers while cutting straight lines.
          
 
Once you’ve cut out the heart and box, your paper should look like this.
 
Now it is time to decorate the outside of your box.  Grab your markers and decorate!  We used our friend Sakura’s watercolor markers to beautify your box.
 
Want to add a little more pizazz to your sweetheart candy box?  Grab some red paper, cut out a heart and place it on the back of the box.
TIP: this is just a suggestion, decorate the candy box however you’d like.
          
 
If you haven’t already, cut the diagonal lines where the flaps are so we can score and glue the box together.
 
Grab your alumicutter for a nice straight edge and place it on the line you are ready to crease.  Then, grab your Teflon burnisher and crease the edge of the paper against the ruler.
TIP: The Teflon burnisher is great for this because it has a point at the end to give a sharper crease when scoring the Bristol paper.
          
 
Once you’ve creased all the edges, you are ready to add the clear “screen” over the heart you cut out of the box.  This will help keep your polymer clay candy hearts inside the box!  Grab some double-sided tape and put it on the bottom and top of the clear plastic and place it on the inside of the box covering the entire heart.
TIP: If you do not have cellophane wrap, you can use a sandwich bag, or the plastic from another box you’ve purchased as the clear plastic inside the opened heart.
 
Now, you are ready to glue the box together!  Grab your hot glue gun and put the glue on one flap then, grab the closest flap and hold them together to make sure they stick.
TIP: Try and work fast when doing this so the glue doesn’t dry right away.
          
 
This is what your candy box should look like once you’ve glued all the flaps together.
 
Now, you can decorate the outside of the box a little more if you’d like.  We decided to take the heart we cut out of the red paper and put it on the back of the box.  We used foam tape to give the illusion that the heart is raised from the box.  We then took our markers and colored the front of the box a little more.  We added some hearts on the bottom and outlined the cut-out heart to make the front pop.
           
           
 
Finally, grab the hearts you made and put them in your box.  Tape the flaps shut and your ready to give your sweetheart candy box to the special someone!
          
 
This DIY is perfect for friends, family, or that special someone.  Not only are you creating a personalized gift, you are taking the time out of your day to show how much you care!  Whether you create these hearts for Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or just because you think someone is sweet.  This gift will put a smile on anyone’s face!
 
We hope you enjoyed this polymer clay craft as much as we did!  Don’t forget to show us how you DIY by tagging us on Instagram at excelblades and excelblades.co.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more DIY projects and tips on our tools.

  

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