I’m a Valentine’s Day lover… I have always loved pink and red hearts, sweetheart candies, and the sappy and cute little Valentines the kids give to friends. Something about it all makes me smile. I must have had a filled Valentine box when I was young!
I made salt dough tags and used them on my napkin rings at Thanksgiving. The salt dough dried a natural yellowy color and I could see the individual salt crystals. I wanted to try cornstarch dough to make hearts to decorate with. I hoped it would be whiter and have a smoother texture once it dried.
I found that cornstarch dough is really wonderful to work with. It’s silky and smooth, and it stays white when air-dried. One of it’s nicest qualities is that it dries with a sparkle from the baking soda. It was perfect for making little Valentine hearts for tags and stringing.
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
To make the dough, mix the cornstarch and baking soda in a pan. Add the water and stir. Place pan on the stove and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring until the dough resembles mashed potatoes. Remove dough from pan and place in a bowl to cool. Cover dough or place it in a ziploc to prevent it from drying out.
To roll the dough out, I used my cutting board. I found that some color from my cutting board transferred to the dough. It was best to line the board with parchment paper so the dough would stay nice and white.
Using a rolling pin, I rolled out small amounts of the dough at a time. It dries quickly! I rolled the dough to about 1/8 inch thick.
With a pink ink pad and a word stamp, I stamped onto the dough, then cut it out with my mini-heart cutter.
As I re-worked the dough, it turned a wonderful swirled pink color. I loved it! I ended up cutting out several plain swirled hearts because I loved their simplicity.
The cornstarch dough hearts dried within two days on a large tray. I decided to air dry them to keep them white. If you want them to dry more quickly, you could put them in the oven at a low temperature, but they will yellow a bit.
When completely dry, they are hard like porcelain and sparkly - so pretty!
I can’t wait to show you how I used my stamped cornstarch dough hearts! Don’t they remind you of Sweetheart Conversation Hearts? I just love how they turned out and I found that the dough was great to work with.
There was definitely a difference between salt dough and cornstarch dough, so be sure to try them both out and find your favorite! I’d love to hear about your salt dough or cornstarch dough projects.
What will you make?
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