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Fun for little ones: Sticky hands, warm heart

Turn a handful of yarn into a hangable heart ornament using cornstarch glue. First, make the glue by combining \ cup of cornstarch and { cup of water in a saucepan and stirring until smooth.Heat the mixture over medium heat until it's thick and translucent. Allow it to cool to the touch.

Cut yarn into foot-long pieces. Place a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the shiny side of a piece of parchment paper. Have your child push a piece of yarn into the glue to coat it. Pick up the piece and run it between a thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Lay the yarn inside the cookie cutter. Repeat with the other pieces until the yarn fills the heart shape in a thin layer. With clean hands, press the yarn flat.

Gently lift off the cookie cutter and allow the yarn to dry hard, at least a day.

You can speed up the drying process by placing the hearts and parchment paper into an oven set to "warm" for an hour or two.

Crafter's tip: You can store cornstarch glue in the refrigerator for up to a week.If the mixture gets too gel like, stir in \ cup of hot water.

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