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!

Salt Dough Handprint Snowmen

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This was a hassle. Fun for the kids and super cute, but salt dough is such a pain in the butt! If anyone has a better salt dough recipe than this one, please let me know!

•1 cup flour
•1 cup salt
•1/2 cup water

It’s easy to manipulate, but it takes forever to dry! I’ve tried letting it air dry, baking it in the oven at 200° for a few hours, but it still takes forever! This particular project ended up sitting for almost a week before I was content to paint it.

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Rant over! Mix your ingredients together until you have the consistency of play dough. Roll it flat and get your kids handprints in the dough. Then you cut out around your handprints and use a straw to cut out a hole for you to string it up.

After it has set to complete hardness, you are all set for the next phase. I put several layers of white paint on them, giving an hour between coats, to dry.

Once you are sure it’s dry, it’s best to let it dry overnight, outline the handprints with a sharpie. Afterwards, let your kids go to town, making snowmen out of their fingers.

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Arthur was content to draw the snowmen and be done. He wanted to get back to his toys. Make sure you have enough room to put the kids name and year, unless you want to put it on the back.

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Chiara just colored away. She did make snowmen, but by the end they were obscured by the amount of color. It’s totally her though!

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This is Chiara’s masterpiece. I think the most important thing to remember is to not stifle the kids creativity. Let them be them!

After the coloring is complete, the sharpie ink having had time to dry completely, sprinkle a little white glitter, think snow sparkle, over it and spray it with lacquer. I personally went with spray mod podge. Now I have a beautiful and unique keepsake that remind me how small their hands once were.

Craft on all, craft on!

Salt Dough Family

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Pretty cute, yes? My friend Jenna has been pinning and blogging a lot about salt dough. I pinned a few of the pins and decided to try this one a few weeks ago with the family. Yes, it took a few weeks to finish this one. I love the smell of it, it held the design well, but this took forever to dry. I mean it, FOREVER!!
Original recipe from here is as follows:
•1 cup flour
•1/2 cup salt
•1/2 cup water
•1 tbsp cinnamon, this is optional, but gives a nice color and smell

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Mix your dry ingredients together, you’ll start appreciating the smell as soon as you add the cinnamon! Mix in the water and knead everything together. It can be very soothing, so just dig in, let the kids take turns, until you get a texture you like. Something like playdough is what you’re after.
Once you get the right texture, use a rolling pin, or a wine bottle, as I’ve used in the past, to roll the dough flat. Hopefully you’ve figured out what you want to make by now, but I adapted an idea, from Pinterest of course, for family handprints.
Taking turns, we placed our handprint on the dough:

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Tony first.

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My turn next, and yes, those are my jammies because we were having a family day at home!

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Arthur.

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Finishing up with Chiara.

You will need to press down firmly, we actually pushed the kids hands down to make sure we had a good impression. Just start with the biggest hand and work down, one on top of the other.
After we had the impressions done, I tried to figure a way to put our name on it, but I didn’t want the edges dug up, like sand. Tony showed me how to poke the letters into the dough, using a chopstick, to avoid that problem.

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I went simple and just did our name and the date. Don’t forget to poke holes so you can hang it up.
I had found two methods of drying the dough. Tried 250° oven, and it hardened it a little, but not completely. Let it sit out, a week later it was mostly hard, but still a little bendy. Tony and I came to the conclusion that because it was so big, the dry time was much longer!
Finally, it was dry enough to paint! We all selected colors we like, and Tony went to work.

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My painting skills, like my spray painting are not the best, so he took care of it.
Only concern with this first attempt was that during the drying process, the dough bowed up.

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Still love the finished product, just something for you to look out for during your own project.
Happy crafting all!

Salt Dough Sun Catcher

My dear friend Jenna has guest blogged for me before, with her butterfly footprints. She had another fun night, so she told me I could re-blog this. Her blog is mostly about daily life, with some things similar to mine (crafts, recipes, etc.), but I did want to share with my followers!

Enjoy:

I was feeling creative last night after dinner so I made a pin that I pinned on Pinterest awhile ago. This is something that I should have done while watching a movie on a Friday night while the children were sleeping. The original blogger had her children help her but sometimes I like to make things myself first and do it with the kids a second time.

You can read the original blog here.

YOU WILL NEED:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
transparent pony beads
parchment paper
cookie tray
string or wire
2 cookie cutter (1 large, 1 small)

The dough felt a bit gritty and salty so the next time I make this I will use 1/2 cup of salt.

After you mix the dough and roll it out cut with the large cookie cutter and then the small one in the center. This is where you will place your beads. Then transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Fill the center with beads. DO NOT LEAVE SPACES! That is where I screwed up!

Loosely cover with tinfoil and bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 1- 1.5 hours or until the beads are melted together. Remember oven temperatures can vary it may take a longer or shorter amount of time. The salt dough will turn a light to dark brown color. Let cool completely.

Here is the finished product that I made:

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Pretty!

Here’s what they should have looked like:

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The original blogger’s sun catchers