Simple Valentine’s Day crafts your kids will totally want to get in on

Salt dough conversation hearts

Salt dough conversation hearts -
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A fun homemade twist on an old store-bought classic.


  • 1 cup flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Food coloring
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cookie cutter
  • Red marker


  1. First, preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl until dough is formed.
  3. Separate dough into enough portions for the number of colors you wish to use and knead a few drops of food coloring into each portion until your dough is the color of the conversation heart candy of your choosing.
  4. Working with one color of dough at a time, roll the dough on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin to about 1/4-inch thickness and use the cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
  5. Repeat with each color separately.
  6. Carefully place the hearts onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. You want your salt dough to be hard, but not burnt. Also keep in mind that they harden as they cool, even if they come out slightly puffy from the oven.
  7. Once cooled, use a red marker to write your favorite conversation heart phrases onto your baked salt dough shapes. You can display them on your favorite Valentine’s Day plate or in a bowl year after year — or let your youngsters give them as gifts.

Note: Since this craft takes 2 hours to bake, for parties that do not have the luxury of time, you may consider baking the hearts ahead of time and letting kids decorate them at your V-day bash.

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