For the latest Staedtler Try-It-Tribe challenge we were asked to make some Fimo Hearts for Valentine’s Day, using a Fimo mould. The kids were not so keen on making hearts (can’t we make more spaceships?!), until I suggested we make them to give to their teachers for Valentine’s. They LOVED this idea as they are still at the age where they love their teachers and want to give them nice gifts!
Here’s the hearts we made:
The 6 large ones are teacher gifts, so we added ribbon to those to make them into decorations. The others are spares for the kids to play with (though they gave the tiny yellow one to me).
Want to know how to make your own?
Step 1: Start with some Fimo, a Staedtler Fimo Clay Mould, some talcum powder, and a brush:
Step 2: Sprinkle your mould with talcum powder:
Then use the brush to dust it around and into the creases of the patterns, tapping any excess off:
You should barely be able to see the talcum powder:
Step 3: Knead the Fimo a bit to soften it then roll it into a ball:
Step 4: Press the ball into the mould, making sure you are pushing it down enough to fill the dips of the patterns:
Once you’ve pressed all your Fimo in it should look a bit like this:
Step 5: Turn the mould upside down and use your thumbs to press the Fimo out of the mould, the mould is quite bendy so it’s easy to do:
Make sure you re-dust the mould with talcum powder if you are using the same heart again. We had to re-do the rose one almost straight away, as I managed to put my elbow on the one we’d just made. Doh!
Some hearts may need a bit of excess Fimo cut off if there was a bit too much for the mould:
You can experiment too. We thought the plain heart shapes looked a bit boring compared to the patterned ones, so we twisted 2 sausages of Fimo colours together, then pressed them into the moulds for a marbled effect:
Here’s the ones we marbled:
Little Miss also got creative with the back of some of them, making a pattern with the point of the plastic knife:
Step 6: When you’ve finished making hearts use a wooden kebab stick or similar to make a hole through the hearts which you want to hang up. You will need to wiggle the stick around a bit to stretch the hole so it’s big enough to fit ribbon through. And don’t forget to pick the heart up and make sure the hole is big at the back too, not just at the front:
Step 7: Arrange on a baking tray covered in tin foil, and bake according to instructions – for the Kids Fimo we were using this was 30 minutes at 110 degrees C:
Step 8: Once they are baked and cooled you can add a ribbon – you may need to use the kebab stick to help poke the ribbon through – and tie a knot to hang them up:
The kids can’t wait to give them to their teachers (Cheek Boy has turned into Spiderman!):
I especially like the patterned hearts, they’d make nice Christmas decorations too I think:
They’d look even nicer with a bit of gloss varnish on, as some of them look a bit talcum-powdery! But I didn’t have any gloss varnish, so never mind.
Do you ever use moulds for any of your creations? I want some small ones to make some embellishments for my scrapbook pages!
Have a great day – it’s a rather stormy one here with Storm Imogen rattling the windows. We’re staying snug inside.
Disclosure: Staedtler sent us the products to use for this post, but all photos, text, and opinions are our own.
Bye for now, Jennifer x