Salt Dough Paw Print Ornaments

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I’ve been having fun with salt dough, especially since I found a simple and reasonable recipe for it! We’ve made handprint snowmen, and we had some fun with the neighbor kids a few days ago, that may or may not end up as a blog. So I decided to go another step with it.

Our dogs are part of our family. They drive us crazy, and sometimes make traveling a little complicated, but they are our fur babies! Juliet is our oldest dog. She was eight years old when we adopted her from the rescue. A lab/rot mix, she is very sweet and was very well trained! It was hard to believe she was abandoned. We’ve had Juliet for six years now, making her a very old fourteen year old dog. She has some health issues, and I worry every time Christmas rolls around, that it may be her last. I wanted to take time to make a cute ornament this year with her pawprint.

Taking some of the salt dough:
•1 cup flour
•1 cup salt
•1/2 cup water
Mixed to a playdough consistency
Roll it flat on a piece of aluminum foil. This recipe is a little sticky, which can make it difficult to avoid clinging fur. The best way to avoid this is to sprinkle a layer of flour over the top of your dough.

Be gentle with your fur babies, many of them do not like their paws played with! After you get a good impression, you may have to press firmly, poke a hole in the top for hanging purposes and let it dry completely. This take time, up to a week to set completely.

After it has dried, use a sharpie, or other permanent marker, to write the dog’s name and the year on the ornament. Then you string a pretty ribbon through the hole and you are all set! A cute ornament to go on the tree and show everyone how much you love your dog.

Happy crafting all!

Cute little doo-dad

Cute little doo-dad

This was a nifty little picture I came across while surfing Pinterest one night a while back. It looked a little complicated, but I simplified it a little and it ended up being a lot of fun!
My husband drinks beer so securing the beer caps was the easiest part of this! I have lots of pictures of my children floating around the house so I decided to do a Valentine’s Day theme since I had some cute wallet size portraits left from Chiara’s first Valentine’s pictures.
Mod Podge is just a good thing to have around the house if you enjoy Pinterest. I’ve done several projects involving it so I started buying the big containers! I cut the pictures down to size so my kids faces fit inside the cap and then you put a thin layer down over the pictures. I kind of swirled it around my fingers to make sure it would stick good and proper and that it would be evenly covered. I always manage to forget how white this is when you first lay it down. It did take a while to dry, but as you can see by the finished picture, it turned out great.
The original picture of this project had the caps attached with little metal links and a ribbon tied with a bell at the bottom. Obviously I adjusted to use ribbon and I am very happy how it turned out. This is a quick and easy project and I’m already thinking about making a more Christmas appropriate one to hang on the Christmas tree!
Original picture for idea found here