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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!

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!  :)

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 intact 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 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!

Thumbprint Heart Pendants at thatswhatchesaid.net

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

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 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 thatswhatchesaid.net

Use the Sponge applicators and dab the paint on 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 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 www.thatswhatchesaid.com

 

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

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

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100 Comments

  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?
        Shelley
        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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