Clay Hearts and Rainbows

I remember when I was in elementary school and how much I loved rainbows, hearts and shooting stars. Hello Kitty was my go to for inspiration. Everything was colorful and happy. I look back at those fond childhood memories and put those feelings of joy into my projects. This project is inspired from such great memories. Nothing says childhood like rainbows and hearts, so why not create some out of air dry clay. 

Here is what you will need:


Making the Hearts

Take a small package of Model Magic and create various sizes of hearts.

HINT: Make sure to make the hearts the thickness of an “oreo cookie”. If it is too thin, it will crack and break when it dries.



Paint a 6″ x 6″ piece of cardboard with black tempera paint and let dry.


After the background board is dried to the touch, glue down the dried clay hearts with tacky glue or a heavy bodied glue.


With bright, pastel colored paints, paint the hearts and be careful to not get paint on the background. Tempera paints or craft acrylic paints work great on the model magic. Start with the first heart, paint it red then continued thru the color wheel painting the rest of the hearts. 



Add background patterns with white paint. Simple shapes work the best (polka dots, stripes, zig-zags).



Rainbow Shapes

Create the rainbow shape out of clay. Paint the rainbow and add patterns to the background.








Display your little masterpieces and have fun creating!











  • Betty

    March 15, 2018 at 7:34 am

    My grandsons will love making these! Thank you!

  • Fiona

    January 19, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    How much model magic do you recommend per person? I absolutely love this project and would love to try it with a class of 20 kids… if it’s not too expensive!!!

    1. Laura

      January 20, 2019 at 9:34 am

      I started by each student receiving a large marshmallow piece. If they need more, I supplied extra or friends gave them their left overs. 🙂

  • Marion

    January 20, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Could this work with air dry clay after it is dry to paint it? Thanks.

    1. Laura

      January 20, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Yes, try it. The air dry clay might be heavier, but hot gluing it in place would work. 🙂

  • Armita Motallebi

    September 19, 2020 at 1:09 am

    HI! Love this! 1st-2nd grade? What is the learning goal? Thanks

    1. Laura

      September 21, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Hi, learning objectives is form, color and line. 3rd and 4th graders created these. 🙂

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