Holiday crafts with Wollie
Saturday was raining all day, so I decided that it would be the perfect day to stay home and make some crafts. So I looked around the internet on what to make and I ended up getting the idea from Pinterest to make a PAW PRINT ornament. I know this has been done before and it’s not something new. Some of us did this in kindergarten or elementary school for our parents, but because the only kid in this house is Wollie, a paw print ornament it is!
I looked up a few different ways of making these, but I liked the one with the fewest ingredients. I went ahead and changed the measurements because I only wanted one ornament, but you can always double or triple the recipe if you want.
1/2 cup of All Purpose flour
1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of table salt
Spoon or spatula
(If you don’t want to mix ingredients by hand use your mixer)
Craft paint (any color of your choice)
Begin by pre-heating your oven to 250 degrees. Once that is done, add the flour, water, and salt to the mixing bowl, stir until your mixture forms a dough. Once everything is mixed and you have the dough take it out of the bowl and knead it with your hands and roll it out into a ball.
Find a flat surface to roll the dough out. Make sure you add some flour to the surface and your rolling pin so your dough won’t stick.
When rolling your dough make sure you don’t roll it out too thin, or else when you go to create the paw print the dough will break. Once flattened, go ahead and gently press your pet’s paw into the dough. This should create a nice paw print.
Once the paw print is created, use a cookie cutter or a glass to create the shape you want around the paw print. I used a beer glass, but you can use anything.
After that I used the straw to poke a hole at the top of my soon to be ornament and your ornament is ready to be cleaned up before putting it in the oven to harden.
You can use a small knife or your hands to cut off the extra dough. Once you are happy with your ornament you can go ahead and place it in the over for 1.5 hours. The ornament should be darker and harden by the time you are done.
Take it out of the oven and let it cool for about 30 minutes, and you can begin decorating it after that. The decoration part varies depending what you want to do with it. I used red and white paint to decorate the ornament, but you can use glitter, rhinestones, markers, etc. The possibilities are endless.
Once, I was done painting the ornament and left it to dry for about 30 minutes. I wrote Wollie’s name with a sharpie and after that sprayed it with some gloss.
After applying the gloss I let the ornament dry outside for about 45 minutes. All you have to do after that is add a string of your choice and you are done.
I decided to hang the little ornament next to our stockings.