How To Make Christmas Salt Dough Paw Print Ornaments

I love handmade Christmas craft projects and I seen these DIY paw print ornaments made from salt dough on Pinterest and I just had to try it out. I have two gorgeous Patterdale Terriers named Bella and Marley and they are my absolute worlds so I thought it would be a lovely idea to make some Christmas ornaments for my Christmas Tree with their paw prints. If looked after these will last years so they are not only easy to make they are very sentimental too and will allow you to cherish your pooches memory FOREVER. You can paint them any colour you like or glitter them like I did. Please be aware that these salt dough ornaments are toxic to dogs if eaten so make sure to put them high up on your tree so your pooch can’t nibble at them.

Here’s my babies:

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Salt Dough Ornament Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup flour (I used plain flour)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Straw or pen for punching a hole at the top

You Will Also Need:

  • A cup
  • Acrylic Paint & Small Paint Brush
  • Glitter & Modge Podge Gloss (optional)

How To Make:

Mix the flour, salt and water in a bowl until it becomes firm. Add a little water if it is too dry or add a little more flour if it is too sticky and wet.

Knead the dough for 30 seconds and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Once done and you are happy with the thickness of the dough – cut individual circles using a cup.

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Press your dogs paw into the salt dough circles and use a straw or pen to make a small hole at the top to allow you to thread some ribbon through. Alternatively you could use some decoration hooks which are very cheep to buy. If you use decoration hooks, make sure to insert them before you put them in the oven.

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Sprinkle some flour onto a baking tray to stop the ornaments from sticking and place them on to the baking tray. Bake on 200 degrees in the oven for about 2-3 hours or until completely dry and hard.

When they are done, allow them to cool before painting or glittering. I painted mine with white acrylic paint and used modge podge on the paws and sprinkled with silver glitter then sealed the glitter with another layer of modge podge. I then wrote their names with red acrylic paint and painted 2017 on the back of the ornaments. I finished it off with a some pretty candy cane ribbon and hanged them on my tree.

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I absolutely love them.

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Handmade Christmas: DIY Mr & Mrs Elf

There’s nothing better than chillin’ out with a cuppa whilst reading a mag but lash a magazine freebie in the mix and I’m basically in my apple cart. I have an obsession with buying mags especially when their is a free gift involved. I bought a copy of this months ‘Homemaker’ mag ‘Handmade Christmas’ for £4.99 to give me some Christmas craft inspiration and gifted with the mag was a Mr & Mrs Elf cloth kit which was designed by the super talented blogger Stephanie Thannhauser over at ric-rac.blogspot.com. I thought I’d share my little friends with you all, maybe you would like to pick a copy up yourselves and try making Mr & Mrs’ Elf too.

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Included in the kit was a printed Mr & Mrs Elf cloth kit, a small spool of white cotton and four little gold bells and the other items I needed were some polyester filling, pins, fabric scissors and a sewing machine although they can also be sewn by hand.

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The instructions were on page 25 and here’s how I made it:

1. Unfold and press your printed fabric sheet. Use sharp scissors to cut out all of the shapes along the dotted lines, pair up the legs right sides together, holding the fabric to the light to make sure the print matches up.

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2. Pin and sew around the legs, leaving the top open. Clip the curves and corners, then turn the legs right sides out. Stuff with fibre filling (I used polyester filling) pushing the wadding right into the toes with a knitting needle (or the end of a pen) and tack along the top edge.

3. Match up the front and back body pieces and sew right sides together leaving the bottom edge open. Clip the curves and corners before turning right sides out and stuff the body firmly.

4. Turn in and pin the raw edge at the bottom. Position the legs between the bottom edges and over-sew the seam closed, securing the legs as you do so. Stich the bells to the end of each hat and hey presto Mr & Mrs elf are finished.

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Don’t they look super cute and adorable!!! I love how they have turned out.

Go get your copy of Homemaker now and have a go yourselves.

Make sure you tweet me a picture at KatieRoseLovesx. I’d love to see yours!

Seasons Greetings,

Love

Kate xo

Budget Yankee Candle Alternatives: Wickford & Co Christmas Candles – Gingerbread, Mulled Wine, Apple & Cinnamon

Christmas is coming to town kids…

 So you know I had to get the candles in to get me into the swing of things. I love Christmas. I love my candles, any candles to be fair… but, you really can’t beat Christmas candles can you? There’s nothing better and nothing cozier than lighting a candle to get into the Christmas spirit.

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I bought three very large Wickford & Co candles from Home Bargains yesterday and at only £2.99 each for a large jar with around 95 hours burn time – they really are a bargain. You would pay over £20 for a same-sized Yankee Candle. Although these aren’t as strong smelling as Yankees but they are still smellable, Yankees are so potent. I love my Yankee’s but they can be expensive especially when you’re the type of person who has candles lit of a DAY and of a night when I’m home, continuously non-stop – #obsessedwithcandles.

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Mulled Wine – I’m not usually a mulled wine drinker but this candle smells lovely. It has a rich aroma and I might even be tempted to get some Mulled Wine in this Christmas.

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Apple Cinnamon. – Smells like baked apple pie with a hint of cinnamon. This has a girly sweet aroma and I love it. Delish!

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Gingerbread – Without a doubt my favourite candle out of the three that I bought. This candle smells like you have just walked into a bakery on Christmas Eve – absolutely gorgeous. It is so lovely and has a sweet aroma exactly like gingerbread biscuits. It has made me want to eat some gingerbread men. Yum!

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If your liking these gorgeous Christmas fragranced candles, head down to your local Home Bargains store before they sell out. I almost had a punch up over the last Gingerbread candle, so be quick and be prepared to rumble and pounce if you have to ha. I’ll be getting a couple more in for myself and to give as little gifts to all the ladies in my life as I think they will like them just as much as I do.

Hopefully, next time I pop into HB they will still have some left. I think they are fabulous and I would be very happy if I was gifted one of these candles this Christmas.

Hint hint.

 You can read my review for the Wickford & Co. ‘Halloween’ Candle HERE.



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