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Heart Thumbprint Charm Necklaces & DIY Gift Wrap

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
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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

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

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

Easy DIY Heart Thumbprint Charms at

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

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

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

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

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 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

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
DIY Gift Wrap at www.thatswhatchesaid.comDIY Gift Wrap at
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


Thumbprint Heart Charm Necklaces with DIY Gift Wrap at

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


  1. 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!!

    1. 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. :)

      1. Cheryl–
        Love this idea. Did you put any sealant or protective coat over the heart?
        PS. ADDICTED to your blog.

  2. Using that tick of paint doesn’t appear you can see the finger print? i want to do this with my son he will be deploying this year and I really want him to be close to my heart. So I am going to do a charm like these.

    1. Hi Diane! In person you can still see the print! It just doesn’t photograph well. I think that’s a great idea to do with your son! Thank him please for his service! I will pray for a safe deployment for him!

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