I have this strange facination with conversation hearts. They're so cheery and sweet, and the surefire sign that Valentine's Day is on its way. I don't particularly like the way they taste, but I buy them every year because they're so cute. I finally found something to do with them besides eat them - wear them!!
Here's what you need:
A bag of conversation hearts
Stretchy bead cord (I used Stretch Magic 0.5 mm)
Smallest drill bit you can find
Aluminum tape (maybe)
Here's what you do:
1. Put your drill bit into the drill. My drill chuck was too big to hold such a small bit, so I wrapped the end of the bit with aluminum tape. It made the chuck hold the bit perfectly.
2. Hold a candy heart with your fingers and carefully drill a hold through the center. I tried using a wrench as a vice, but it didn't work very well. I found my fingers worked much better. Also, once the hole was started it worked best to put the drill on full speed through the rest of the heart. I tried slowly drilling through the heart at first, and the hearts broke every time.
|broken hearts = :-(|
4. String the candy onto the bead cord, tie it off, and wear it! You could also use the beads for necklaces or earrings. My kids enjoyed wearing the bracelets throughout the day and noshing on the hearts when they felt like it. But if you want it to last for a while, simply brush the hearts with some glossy Mod Podge! Just make sure to NOT seal up the holes you worked so hard to drill!