Sweetheart Jewelry


Interview other generations to gather oral histories about Valentine traditions. Start a conversation with heart-stopping Model Magic® jewelry!


1. What is the sweetest part of Valentine’s Day? Could it be the tiny heart candies that describe feelings? Originally called motto hearts, more than 8 billion of these candies, often called conversation starter hearts, are made each year. Ask adults you know to describe the candy’s distinctive flavor and recall some of the heart messages that they received. How have the messages changed over the years?

2. Cover a handful of white Crayola Model Magic with Crayola Washable Marker. Knead the Model Magic until you get pastel colors similar to the candy—or any other colors you wish for your sweetheart necklace, bracelet, or pendant.

3. With plastic dinnerware, sculpt, mold, or cut out small shapes such as hearts, cupids, or other valentine designs. Air dry shapes overnight.

4. Thread a needle. With the help of an adult, use a thimble to string the dried shapes. Knot the thread on both sides of shapes to hold them in place.

5. If you prefer a shiny look for your jewelry, mix equal amounts of Crayola School Glue and water to make a glaze. Cover your art area with newspaper. Apply glaze with a sponge brush. Dry overnight.

6. Use Crayola Glitter Glue to add finishing flourishes to your charming designs. Air dry on newspaper.

7. Tape the ends of the string together to safely wear Sweetheart Jewelry. Will you keep the jewelry, or give it as a gift to someone you love?

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Modeling Tools—Use the least dangerous point or edge sufficient to do the job. For example, craft sticks, plastic knives and forks, and cookie cutters can cut or carve modeling materials.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Sponges and Foam—Sponges, foam, and other expandable materials should not be used with children 3 years old and younger.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Children identify other familiar sweet treats and make replicas into wearable art. Imagine a candy-bar pendant, ice cream cone bracelet, or brownie pin.
  • Children interview parents and grandparents to find out what sweets they enjoyed as a child. Students ask about the occasions, frequency, and costs of the treats. Create a chart of their findings. Try some of the recipes.
  • Research the history behind valentine symbols such as hearts and cupids.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • sewing needle & thread (adult use only)
  • plastic dinnerware (optional)
  • clear adhesive tape
  • paper towels (optional)
  • sponge brushes (optional)
  • recycled newspaper (optional)



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children collect oral histories about a popular Valentine tradition, candy hearts.

  • Students design and sculpt their own jewelry making beads in valentine-symbol shapes.

  • Students assemble their necklace or pendant with the help of an adult, and choose how to decorate it.


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