Lace Hearts :: Clay Ornaments and Magnets

How to Make Lace Hearts from Air Dry Clay for Ornaments & Magnets

How to make lace hearts from air dry clay to use as ornaments or magnets.

Lace Hearts - Clay Ornaments

Okay, so we’re getting a bit obsessed here with our lace hearts.

Making lace prints in dough is awesome! The process is very, very satisfying (for kids and adults alike) and it creates such a lovely relief of the lace. We’ve been doing this with playdough and air dry clay and I also want to try it in cookie dough, salt dough, real potter’s clay. Anything else?

Earlier this week, I posted about our playdough lace prints (and what the kids did with this pretty, textured dough). Today, I’m going to share the homemade heart ornaments and magnets that we made with the more permanent air dry clay.

Make Lace Hearts with Air Dry Clay

How to Make Lace Hearts in Clay

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*We used crochet doilies picked up at a yard sale, but you can also find them available for purchase at craft stores, fabric stores, and online. Also, give any thicker lace a try, including lace ribbon. Just don’t use paper doilies.

How to Print Lace Hearts

Making lace prints with crochet doilies

1. Place clay on parchment paper. Add doily & roll.

Pull off a piece of air dry clay and set on a sheet of parchment paper.** Lay your lace doily over the clay and use a rolling pin to press the doily design into the clay.

**Use parchment paper to cover your work surface rather than the plastic mats shown in some of these photos. We quickly learned that the clay lifts up easily from parchment paper but not from the plastic mats.

Making lace prints with crochet doilies

2. Lift the doily to reveal the lace print.

Lace Hearts in Clay

Look at that detail!

Make Lace Hearts with Air Dry Clay

3. Cut a heart from the clay with the cookie cutter.

Add beads to lace hearts

4. Use a straw to punch a hole at the top for hanging.

Lace hearts in air dry clay with bead decoration

5. Option #1 :: Add beads

If you like, you can embellish your lace heart by pressing small beads into the design. Daphne really got into this.

If you add beads, make sure to press them in well. A couple of her beads fell off after the heart dried and I had to glue them back in place.

Adding beads to lace hearts

Here’s another one she made.

Making Lace Hearts in Clay

I pressed a few beads into the ones I made as well.

Painting lace hearts

6. Option #2 :: Paint clay hearts

If you like, you can even paint the hearts once they are dried (especially if you didn’t add beads).

The paints we used are Colorations Activity Paint and BioColors, in metallic colors, and both available through Discount School Supply. Tempera or acrylics would work okay as well.

Lace Hearts Hanging as Ornaments

6. Let clay hearts dry, then add ribbon

Allow the clay hearts dry (ours took a couple days) then thread string or a narrow ribbon through the hole and hang.

Lace Hearts Hanging as Ornaments

I really like how these ornaments look against my teal door!

We sent our lace heart ornaments as Valentine’s Day gifts to the grandmas and cousins. And also included some magnets we made using the same technique.

Here’s the (simple) magnet variation…

How to Make Lace Heart Magnets



We’ll add magnets to the backs of these little lace-print hearts…

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  • Follow the instructions for the lace hearts through cutting out the hearts, but use a smaller heart cookie cutter for the magnets.
  • Let dry. This takes about a day for these smaller clay hearts.

Paint clay hearts for magnets

  • Paint if desired. Again we used Colorations Activity Paint and BioColors, but tempera or acrylics would work okay too. Let the paint dry.
  • Use a hot glue gun to glue the small magnet disks to the backs of the clay hearts.

Lace Print Heart Magnets

Use your new lace heart magnets to hang artwork on the fridge! And to give as gifts…

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Lace Hearts – Clay Ornaments and Magnets

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  • Reply
    Roxanne Crouse
    February 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    What great ideas. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    February 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    These are just beautiful! And using air dry clay is my favourite thing at the moment – I love making it too. I love the idea of the tiny beads and using them as magnets. Fantastic!!! This makes them a much nicer idea to give as presents. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      February 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      You’re so welcome, Brigitte! What all do you make with your air dry clay? Just curious… :)

  • Reply
    Harry Nwaosu (Children Art and Craft Instructor)
    May 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Good paintings. However kids should start learning how to pant with primary colours. Drawing should also start with shapes.

  • Reply
    April 15, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Is it necessary to let dry before painting? I’d like to use for an activity time, but only have an hour with the kiddos.


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