Metallic Hearts

Ask someone to be your valentine with these papier-mâché hearts drenched in gold and silver.

What You Need:

Create jewelry for a special female
in your life.

  • Instant papier-mâché, such as Celluclay
  • Plastic bag
  • Tongue depressor or crafts stick
  • Small screw eye, jump ring, and cording
  • Thick white crafts glue
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Desired color of metallic leaf, adhesive, and sealer
  • Soft cloth
  • Small beads, brass hearts, sequins, or other embellishments
  • Sequin pins


1. Mix papier-mâché according to the directions, approximately 1 cup papier-mâché to 1/4 cup water, in a plastic bag. Knead it until it becomes as smooth as bread dough. This quantity will make enough dough for four or five hearts. 2. Pinch off two pieces of dough. Roll each one into a ball and then narrow one end into a cone shape. Join the two together with the narrow ends at the bottom. Smooth the edges together with fingers or a tongue depressor. If needed, dampen fingers with water, and smooth out the surface of the heart. If making a necklace, insert screw eye before drying. Let dry. 3. Use glue to hold a loosened screw eye or the two sections together if they separate during drying. Let glue dry. 4. Paint both sides of heart with black paint and set aside to dry. Apply adhesive to heart. When tacky, place small pieces of metallic leaf on heart and burnish (rub firmly) with a soft cloth. Apply a coat of sealer. 5. Use sequin pins to pin beads, sequins, and brass charms to hearts. Add jump ring to screw eye. Thread cord through the jump ring.

More Ideas:

  • Make flatter versions of these hearts to mount on natural paper and frame.
  • Use screw eyes to link several hearts together. Hang on a front door or from the center of a chandelier.