Make Clay Heart Keepsakes for Hospice Families

Make Clay Heart Keepsakes for Hospice Families

Your heart can touch someone else's heart... Support Samaritan's families by making mini clay hearts for our staff to share as part of a ritual with our families who just lost their loved one on Samaritan’s services.

The hearts are inside blue velour bags with a beautiful verse to go along with it. The hearts are placed in the caregiver’s hand to honor and memorialize the patient. Check out this video:

Make as many as you like - once or ongoing. Service hours awarded. Supplies NOT provided.

Hearts may be dropped off or mailed to Samaritan's administrative office: Sharon Wenner, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053

Supplies Needed:

Sculpey Clay
1.5" mini Heart Cutters - smooth edges only (no flutes/ruffles, etc.)


1. Make hearts 1/4" thick - durability is better than quantity; if they are too thin, they will break.

2. Marble colors

No solid-colored hearts
No military or camouflage patterns - staff cannot see what heart is in the gift bag so they need to be for anyone.
Use colors that go together (for instance, no hearts with just green and orange)
Use black and dark brown clay sparingly.

3. Press clay out and cut out with 1.5" mini heart cookie cutter; check your cutter hinge - some hearts may cause clay to have rough notches near point of heart, please smooth out before baking

4. Bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4". The hearts don’t spread like cookies, so you can load the tray.

Let cool, and you're done!
Do NOT coat with any type of glaze or spray as it interacts with the clay and becomes tacky in the heat.

Thank you so very much for sharing your heart!

Clay Hearts