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Sticky Hands, Warm Hearts

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Turn a handful of yarn into a hangable heart ornament using cornstarch glue.

Materials

  • Yarn
  • Cornstarch Glue
  • Water
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper

Instructions

Sticky Hands, Warm Hearts - Step 1

1. First, make the glue by combining ¼ cup of cornstarch and ½ cup of water in a saucepan and stirring until smooth.

Sticky Hands, Warm Hearts - Step 2

2. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it's thick and translucent. Allow it to cool to the touch.

3. Cut yarn into foot-long pieces.

4. Place a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the shiny side of a piece of parchment paper. Have your child push a piece of yarn into the glue to coat it. Pick up the piece and run it between a thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Lay the yarn inside the cookie cutter.

5. Repeat with the other pieces until the yarn fills the heart shape in a thin layer. With clean hands, press the yarn flat. Gently lift off the cookie cutter and allow the yarn to dry hard, at least a day.

6. You can speed up the drying process by placing the hearts and parchment paper into an oven set to "warm" for an hour or two.

Tips:

You can store cornstarch glue in the refrigerator for up to a week. If the mixture gets too gel-like, stir in ¼ cup of hot water.

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