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!

Heart charms made from oven bake clay and impressed with thumbprints to create the perfect keepsake
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I saw this super cute idea for a thumbprint charm from my sweet, sweet friend Meredith at Wait ‘Till Your Father Gets Home.  Since I needed a charm with two little thumbprints, a heart charm worked out perfectly and here is my version of Meredith’s charm, a heart thumbprint charm necklace.

Update:  Check out this post if you are in need of a charm for three thumbs!

These keepsake charms will be a perfect project for all the special mothers in your life.  Moms, Grandmas, Great Grandmas, even Aunts or just special friends!

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):

How to make Heart Thumbprint Charm Necklace:

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!  :)

Close Up of Oven back Clay used for heart thumbprint pendants

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

Pressed clay with thumbprints in a v shape

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.

Small heart cookie cutter next to pressed clay with thumbprint v
Showing how to line up heart cookie cutter to grab both thumbprints to make the charm

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

Showing how it looks when you make the cookie cutter punch

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

Clay heart with two thumbprints in the shape of a heart. Waiting for a jump ring hole.

Next, I used a bobby pin to make a small hole in the heart for a jump ring to pass 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 are so thin}  Once out of the oven and cooled, I started painting!

Getting ready to paint the oven baked clay charms. Using Martha Stewart Metallic Paints

I chose the sterling metallic, the gold metallic and a shimmery pink pearl paint for these guys!

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at

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

I love these 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}

Three thumbprint heart necklaces made from oven bake clay and metallic paint.

To take it to another notch, I just used some silk screen stencils and more of the paint to decorated some pillow boxes to put the necklaces in!

DIY Gift Wrap at

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

DIY Gift Wrap at
DIY Gift Wrap at

DIY Gift Wrap at
DIY Gift Wrap at

The great thing about the silk screens is that they have a tiny mesh in the open areas that keep the paint right where you need it.  Ever try to fill an open stencil and you brush on your paint and 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
Thumbprint Heart Charm Necklaces with DIY Gift Wrap at

The special people in my life will now have a special gift coming their way!

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Use oven bake Clay to create one of a kind heart thumbprint keepsake necklaces