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Lavender Scented Salt Dough Hanging Hearts

Enamoured with all things hearts at the moment my daughter and I decided to create a Lavender Scented Salt Dough Heart Hanging for her room. I love using the lavender in the salt dough as it slowly releases the scent over time and is especially calming. These hearts were made with our classic salt dough recipe and oven dried but you could easily make them with the microwave salt dough recipe we used for creating some heart buttons for threading. So here we go and quick craft (that takes a while to dry) to create some scented heart hanging decorations for the home.

Scented Salt Dough Hanging Hearts Craft

Materials needed for your Scented Salt Dough Heart Hanging Decoration

A batch of the classic salt dough recipe

Large Heart Cookie Cutter

Lavender Essential Oil

Purple food colouring


Gold Ribbon to hand the hearts up


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Some fun Valentine’s Cards for Toddlers and Preschoolers to make too!

How to Make your Scented Salt Dough Hanging Heart Decoration

  1. Mix up a batch of Classic Salt Dough adding in 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
    Recipe for salt dough to microwave that can be scented and coloured to create different crafts with kids
  2. If you wish for it to be coloured like the purple streaks you can see in our image then add a little purple food colouring and do not knead it in fully.
  3. Once mixed to a dough roll out to around 1/2cm thick.
  4. Using the cookie cutter cut out your hearts. We made 2 of these hangings with 3 hearts each and had some dough left over.
  5. Then with a skewer place a hole at the top and bottom of all but one of your hearts which will only need 1 hole.
  6. Lay on a baking tray and place in an oven at 75C.
  7. Dry for around 1hr – 2hrs check on them after 1 hour to see how dry they are.
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  8. Remove and allow to fully cool before threading to hang.

TOP TIP > The hearts can be dried in the air as well just leave them on a piece of kitchen towel and wait a couple of days

Check out our selection of Valentine’s Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers for some selections to add to your book box to read aloud.

More Valentine’s Crafts to Make with Older Kids

Simple Love Necklace for Kids to Make with homemade Salt Dough Letter Beads

Make your own Salt Dough Letter Beads and then thread to create Word Necklaces like this LOVE one above.

A simple craft to create beautiful DIY Yarn Wrapped Valentines Letters an ideal accessory for the home or great for a Teens bedrooms.

Your Tweens and Teens will love to create these Yarn Wrapped Letters. My daughter has a set we made together in her room.

A simplified version of the amazing String Art Hearts you see on Pinterest that even small children can help make or you can make as a family.

Make a string art heart this is a fun activity we did with ours as a family project when they were young. But it would easy for an older child to create by themselves.

Why Not Pin This Heart Hanging To Make Again

Scented Salt Dough Hanging Hearts Craft
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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