Make a special frame for that special someone...

You will need:
  • Plastic bag
  • Cardboard box card
  • Modelling clay
  • String
  • Plaster of paris
  • Measuring jug
  • Spoon
These moulded heart frames are great fun to make.

Start by taping a plastic bag onto some cardboard box card, to make a work surface.
Next you need to roll some soft modelling clay into long, thick sausages.
The idea is to lay out a heart shape on the plastic - one big and one small.
Flatten them a bit, and join together any joins so that there are no gaps at all in the modelling clay.
Overall, the sausages should be about 1cm high.
If you want to, you can make little heart shapes and place them inside the mould too!
When everything is securely pressed down, make up some plaster of paris.
You can get plaster of paris from art shops, chemists and even stationers.

The idea is to mix two cups of powder with one cup of water, as this gives the best consistency.
When the mixture is nice and smooth, pour it into the mould.

You'll need a steady hand for this!
Make sure that the mixture seeps into all the nooks and crannies.
Next, take a small piece of string that has a knot tied at each end.

Lay the knotted ends of the string into the mixture so that you can hang the frame up when it has dried.
If you've got any plaster of paris left over, don't pour it down the sink!

Pop it in a bag, and put it in the bin.
When the frame is solid, carefully peel the modelling clay away...
...and lift the whole thing off the bag to reveal the finished frame.
If the edges are a bit rough, you can always smooth them down with an old kitchen scourer.
Now you can paint the frame, and add a picture to the centre.
How about a round moulded frame?
Or a star shaped one, with extra glitter?
Here's a square one...
...and here's a spooky spider themed frame!

Try it yourself!