Valentine's Day Pins
What you will make:
Create plaster of Paris pins using simple candy molds, pin backs and
paint. Choose a candy mold with heart shapes to create beautiful
Valentine's Day pins to give as presents to your loved ones. This
craft is great for any holiday. There are many plastic candy molds
available with designs for almost any special day.
This project requires few materials and is great for family, classroom or group craft time.
Teachers or group leaders can mold the pins in advance to make this a
quick and simple craft project.
Related craft: Make a set of heart-shaped
Refrigerator Magnets to give as a Valentine's Day gift.
Here's what you need:
- Plaster of Paris
- Plastic candy molds
- Plastic cups and spoons for mixing plaster of Paris
- Pin backs
- Paints and paintbrushes
- Clear glaze or clear spray paint
- Waxed paper or newspaper
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Valentine's Day Pins
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project then gather the materials needed for making the
pins. When purchasing candy molds, select fairly simple
heart shapes that measure about 1½" to 2" in size. If doing this craft with a group, mold the
pins and set the pin backs in advance. It takes up to 48 hours for the plaster of Paris
to dry enough to paint. Cover the work area with waxed paper or
newspaper to catch drips and splatters.
- Step 2: Mold Pin Shapes
Mix up a small quantity of plaster of Paris according to the
package instructions, making a slightly thicker mixture.
Pour the plaster mixture into the candy mold, filling each well to the top.
Do not overfill.
Insert the pin back in the wet plaster of Paris after it has
partially set—wait about 5 minutes (see your package
instructions for the exact time).
Let the plaster of Paris set for a few hours, then pop the pins
from the molds. To avoid peeling paint, let the pins dry for 48 to 72
hours before painting them.
- Step 3: Paint
Paint the heart pins any colors you like—use your imagination.
You could paint stripes or dots, write a message like those found on candy
conversation hearts, or even make a broken heart.
Tip: When the paint is dry, an adult can spray a
clear glossy paint on the pins to give them a shiny finish.
Tip: Use two colors of paint and simple designs to make
bold pins. Paint the base color and let it dry before adding stripes or
dots in another color.
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