I realize this is late for the Valentine holiday but you can do this for other ones as well. You could even use these as ornaments if you wanted. I originally saw this in a craft magazine from the 50s.
1. Start with a water/corn starch mixture. 1c water boiled with 1/3 c corn starch turned out well for me. Originally I started with a 1/2c water and 1/3c starch but as you can see, there was too much starch and I let it cook too long. You could also use a water/glue base but I don't think you'd be heating it then.
|If it looks like this, throw it out and try again.|
2. Add a long piece of yarn and make sure it is well coated.
3. Take the yarn out. You may need to run it through your fingers to remove any lingering chunks of corn starch if you have a hard time dissolving it.
|Very toddler friendly project!|
4. Arrange in a festive or seasonal cookie cutter. The glue mixture cools quickly so you can use your bare hands at this point.
5. Let dry on wax paper. This will take at least 24 hours. Our wetter hearts took longer, but after setting them on a sunny table the drying didn't take so long.
6. String the dried hearts on some twine, yarn, or fishing line.
|Heart in foreground made from sock weight yarn.|
7. When the holiday is over you can reuse them as Christmas ornaments or save them to make homemade Valentines next year, anniversary cards, get creative.
Despite being just as wet as the worsted weight yarn, the sock weight yarn turned out firmest when dried and worked best for the project overall because it coated well. My 2.5 year old had so much fun I had to cut him off. The homemade glue mixture cooled quickly so I did not need to worry about him getting burned.
This is a great project if you don't mind a little mess.