I have a soft spot for conversation hearts. I don’t even like eating the candy, but the fact that these cute, adorable hearts with typography on them exist in the world makes me happy.
They are so little and so precious that I can’t help but buy a package just to hold them and read the messages.
It was this obsession with the scale of the candy that caused me to make my own little miniature conversation hearts. It also meant that I could control the colors and give the messages my own voice by adding a pop culture linguistic upgrade.
Oh, and did I mention that they’ll last forever? In just four steps, you too can make your very own original conversation hearts.
Trust me, it’s fun!
- Heart-shaped silicone ice cube tray (small hearts)
- Heart-shaped silicone cupcake tray (medium sized hearts)
- Plaster of Paris
- Disposable mixing cup or bowl
- Measuring cup
- Disposable stir stick
- Acrylic paints
- Letter stamps
- Ink pad
Have your molds ready and follow the aspect ratio instructions on the plaster of paris to mix it up. Stir until blended well.
Spoon plaster of paris mix into trays and let it set for about 20-30 minutes.
Tip: For shallower hearts, you don’t need to fill the trays to the top.
Pop out your hearts from the mold. You can use sandpaper to file down any rough or uneven edges.
Paint the acrylic paint on the hearts, let it dry, and then stamp on your desired messages and phrases.
Now you have conversational hearts that will last forever, look adorable around your home, and make a fun gift this Valentine’s Day.