Friends, I have the perfect, heartfelt, DIY gift idea for you today!  DIY Heart Thumbprint Charm Necklaces!  Or Keychains…options are endless however the gift is priceless!

I saw this super cute idea for a thumbprint charm from my sweet, sweet friend Meredith at Wait ‘Till Your Father Gets Home.  When I opened up an awesome package of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies from Plaid Crafts, and discovered that I received metallic paint, I knew exactly what I was going to do!  My version of Meredith’s charm, a heart thumbprint charm necklace.

Heart Thumbprint Charm at thatswhatchesaid.net

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After all, I need a charm with two little thumbprints!  The heart worked out perfectly!  These will be a perfect project for all the special mothers in your life.  Moms, Grandmas, Great Grandmas, even Aunts or just special friends!  With these awesome supplies, it’s no wonder this project is so easy!

Martha Stewart Supplies

Let’s get started!  For your convenience, linked below to what I used.

Supplies Needed For the Heart Thumbprint Charm Necklaces:

For the Pillow box Gift Box (shown below):

I started out by cutting a chunk off the oven bake clay block and I rolled it flat.  I used my boys’ play dough roller!  It worked perfectly!  :)

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at www.thatswhatchesaid.com

Next I had each of the littles come over and I pressed their thumbs into the clay into a V shape!

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at www.thatswhatchesaid.com

If you follow me on Facebook you *might* remember me complaining that I bought the exact same set of heart cookie cutters THREE years in a row!  Well that worked in my favor today because one of those sets just became my “clay set”!  The smallest heart cookie cutter was perfect to cut the thumbs out.

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at www.thatswhatchesaid.com

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at www.thatswhatchesaid.com

After I cut the thumbprints out I carefully peeled away the excess clay around the cutter.  You want to keep the heart shape in tact as much as possible.

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at www.thatswhatchesaid.com

Remove the cookie cutter and you are left with a perfect little thumbprint heart!  {you can see the cute little prints better here}

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at www.thatswhatchesaid.com

Next I used a bobby pin to make a small hole I the heart for a jump ring to go through and I baked according to the package: 275 degrees F for 15 min per 1/4” of clay.  {I baked for 15 minutes because these were so thin}  Then I got to painting!

Thumbprint Heart Pendants at thatswhatchesaid.net

I chose the sterling metallic, the gold metallic and a shimmery pink pearl paint for these guys!  I used the Martha Stewart Brushes that were sent to pain the front and back.

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at www.thatswhatchesaid.com

Once dry I was able to attach a jump ring and then a chain. For the gold, I opted to add a black twine necklace straight to the pendant. I love the way they turned out! They also have a metallic paint that resembles the popular Rose Gold!

Thumbprint Heart Charm Pendants at thatswhatchesaid.com

I love the paints…like A LOT!  I always have!  They cover so well and they can practically be used on anything!  So versatile.  The metallic look just like metal and the pink pearl has this rock star shimmer.  Not glittery, but shimmery…just how I like it! {wink}

To take it to another notch, I just used the awesome silk screen stencils they sent and some more of the paint and decorated some pillow boxes to put the necklaces in!  So you have a gift and gift wrap all with the same supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts!  You all know my feelings on multi-tasking!  {it’s pretty much a necessity in this house!}  I seriously love these products!

DIY Gift Wrap at thatswhatchesaid.net

Use the Sponge applicators and dab on the paint the the silkscreen and wipe across to remove the excess.

DIY Gift Wrap at www.thatswhatchesaid.comDIY Gift Wrap at www.thatswhatchesaid.com
DIY Gift Wrap at www.thatswhatchesaid.comDIY Gift Wrap at www.thatswhatchesaid.com
The great thing about the silk screens is that they have a tiny mesh in the open areas that keeps the paint right where you need it.  Ever try to fill a open stencil and you brush on your paint and the you are left with a stencil with a giant glob of paint stroked uneven paint inside?  Yea me too!  These silkscreens keep the open areas full of paint!

DIY Gift Wrap at www.thatswhatchesaid.com

 

Thumbprint Heart Charm Necklaces with DIY Gift Wrap at thatswhatchesaid.net

Thanks to my girl Meredith for the awesome inspiration and to Plaid Crafts for the awesome products!  The special people in my life will now have a special gift coming their way!

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Heart Thumbprint Charm Necklaces

96 Comments
  1. Cute Cheryl! I love the metallic paints for these necklaces. I might have to make one of these for myself. :)

    • It will be perfect for T & O’s little prints!!

  2. Those are just too sweet – I love the gift boxes, too. wonderful, easy gift that will make a huge hit!

    • Thank You Michelle!

  3. oh goodness these are so adorable! I just love them, I can think of about a million different moms who would love this. Great job, and great tutorial!

    • Thanks so much Andrea!

  4. What a genius idea and such a wonderful keepsake. I’m a groupie too. LOVE these paints.

    • Thanks Carol! We can travel across country together when Martha tours :)

  5. Cheryl these are great! I remember seeing some of the silver ones on Pinterest and I thought I’ve got to get on that for next Christmas or a Grandma’s Birthday. I’m going to use baking soda dough for them. But how much do I LOVE the packaging! I am a sucker for a kraft paper decorated boxes.

    • Thanks Alex! I am too! There is something about the brown paper bag decorated all pretty that gets me giddy!

  6. LOVE this idea, so cute and perfect for gifts! Love the packaging, too!

    • Thanks Carrie! Have a great day!

  7. How fun! My mother & mother in law would LOVE this. Thanks for the inspiration. Heading out to buy supplies now

    • I was thinking the same thing! They are really easy to make too! Thanks for stopping By Stacey!

  8. Dona

    Love and love and love! LOVE! You are sure good at hitting on things I want to make! Keep it up, girl!

  9. I love this! Great tutorial. Awesome project.

  10. What a cute idea! I think I will have to give this one a try!
    ~Kelsy

    • Thanks Kelsy! I hope you do give it a go!

  11. I love this Cheryl!! So pretty and such a great gift idea!! The packaging is pretty awesome too!

    • Thanks Karen! I appreciate it! :)

  12. Crystal

    Super cute!! I love the metallic pink!! What a great gift idea!! Thanks :)

  13. Thanks so much for this fantastic idea….my daughter and I will be making some of these Heart Pendants this weekend for the “girls” in the family for Mother’s Day. Nana is going to Love Love Love this adorable necklace.

    • Thanks Julie! I think all the special girls in your family will adore them. They are so easy to make and I think your daughter will enjoy it also! Thanks for stopping over!

  14. Such a great economical idea for teachers to make with their classes…I’m working on a new round-up of ideas for The Classroom Creative for Mother’s Day-and I will feature this later in the week. Love this, Che!

    Let the countdown to Blogher begin…

    You still are coming to Chicago, right?
    <3
    Nic

    • Thanks Lady! And Yes, absolutely coming and absolutely going to get a running start to hug you. There is your warning :) See you in July!

  15. Carol Mais

    Love…love this idea look forward to using the idea sometime soon.

    • Thanks so much Carol!

  16. Becca

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful craft! Can’t wait to get started!

    • Thanks so much Becca!

  17. Really cute & the metallic finish looks fab. You’ve been featured – stop by to grab a Featured On button. Thanks for sharing and linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

  18. I linked to this post in my blog today. I posted a recipe for Dark Chocolate Espresso Muffins and DIY gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Thanks so much for this free printable!

  19. Sorry, I meant cute craft idea!

  20. Back to let you know I featured your project today in a last minute mother’s day gift round up on Creative Green Living.

    Thanks!

  21. Danielle

    Is the back side smooth? I tried doing something like this at Christmas-time and the back side looked terrible! I didn’t do it on wax paper though…so would that solve my problem? Or do you have a little trick? :-) Thanks!

    • Yes Danielle the back is totally smooth! I actually wrote their ages on the back and the year! I just pressed their thumbs in gently and used some parchment paper. You can bake the parchment paper so there was little handling of the charms so that night have helped also!!

  22. kim

    I love this craft and want to try it, but I can’t find a good small heart cookie cutter. Where did you get yours?

    • Kim, I got mine in a set of about 8 for a few dollars at Wal-Mart.

    • Thanks so much Vanessa! They are still one of my favorite projects!!

  23. Jody

    I think this is a wonderful idea. In fact we plan to do this with our Vacation Bible School kiddos. Do you know a ball park range of how many hearts you could get out of your pkg of clay? Any other helpful tips?

    • Thanks Jody! Oh my…my memory is not the greatest right now (pregnancy brain) but I only used a small, small chunk of the clay for these three. I would think you’d at least be able to get 15-20 out of a package of clay depending on how large your hearts are and how thick you roll the clay. So sorry I can’t help better! I made them last year!

      • Jody

        Thank you! That helps! Thanks for sharing

    • Stacy

      I bought a one pound package of sculpey and was able to make one with all 24 of my first graders with plenty of clay to spare! I think I only used about half of the package. :)

  24. Diane

    I have something similar pinned on pinterest. If my son is ever deployed I want his finger print and mine and I will wear it all the time he is gone. Like the metallic colors she has out.

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  26. Rynae

    I love the pink colored charm but can’t find any paint called “shimmery pink” in the Pearl finish. Any thoughts? Also, do you know how big the heart cut out is? I’m going to try these with a group of little kids at a children’s shelter. They are adorable!

  27. Alex

    Hello, I’ve been trying to make some of these, but they’re just not coming out like yours. Do you have any tips? How do you get the edges looking so nice? How do you dislodge the piece from the cutter without distorting it? How many coats of paint did you use? How thick did you roll out the clay? I know a lot of questions…any tips would help though. Thank you:)

    • Hi Alex. When removing my clay I removed the excess first and kept the cookie cutter in place while I did that, then I just picked up the cookie cutter. My clay just stuck to my parchment paper that I was working on. I didn’t have to dislodge it at all from the cutter. I painted the baked clay charms until they looked coated. I think I only had to do one coat? The number of coats of paint would be up to you and would depend on the type and brand of paint you are using. The MS coats very well in my opinion. I mentioned in my directions that my charms were 1/4 inch thick. Hope that helps!

  28. Sarah

    Love the idea! Would look great as magnets for those with too many kids to make a necklace or with all the grand babies prints for grandparents. Thx!

  29. sarah Hall

    Love this! I’m a children’s pastor a local church and I’m doing this with my kiddos for Mother’s day. Where did you find that cookie cutter and how big was it? I’m having a heck of a time finding cookie cutters!

    • Sarah it was the smallest heart in a set of nesting heart plastic ones that I picked up like at Wal-Mart. If you have a Jo-Ann’s, Hobby Lobby or Michael’s you might try checking out the aisle where they sell the sculpey clay. They normally have small cutters there for use with the clay that might work.

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  32. Michelle

    Hi…I was wondering where you got the chains and how expensive were they? I made these as key chains before but I love the necklace idea!
    Michelle

    • Michelle, it was so long ago I honestly don’t remember exactly! I do know I ordered them from one of the crafty deal sites. Sorry I could not be more of help. I do know that Jo-Ann’s and Hobby Lobby both carry these types of necklaces though!

  33. Michelle

    The problem with these instructions is that they are bare minimum. There’s nothing listed for how many inches thick the clay should be rolled out to, how large the cookie cutter is or any information on what to expect when baking the clay. Also, if it’s okay to use the original Sculpey or if it has to be Premo. I had to do so much research on Polymer clay before deciding to do this. While this is a great idea, I spent so much time researching so many things that this instruction wasn’t that helpful.

    • Hi Michelle, Any oven bake clay would work fine. I mentioned that mine were 1/4 inch thick. You can make them as thick or thin as you’d like as long as you follow your clay instructions on baking times. Also you can use any size cookie cutter you’d like depending on how large or small you’d like your pendant to be. Thanks!

  34. SOOO>>> where did you buy these fancy heart cookie cutters (all 3 times)

    • Walmart…I am pretty sure all three times, lol! Maybe target once. They were very inexpensive. Like $0.97 for 6 or 8 nesting ones.

  35. Laura

    About what size is the small heart cookie cutter?

    • Laura, I’d say an inch and a half or so? Big enough for fingerprints but small enough to be worn!

  36. Diane

    If my son was deployed I would definitely do it and keep his print close to my hear.

  37. Amy

    How many heart thumbprints can you do with one package of clay? I have a preschool classroom of 17 children and would love to do this but not sure how much clay to order. Thanks for any input!!

    • Hi Amy, depending on the size of your heart cookie cutter I’d think you’d need 2-3 packages. You don’t use too much per charm.

    • Stacy

      I bought a one pound package of sculpted and was able to make one with all 24 of my first graders with plenty of clay to spare! I think I only used about half of the package. :)

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