Category Archives: Christmas Craft Projects

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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DIY Craft Project: Beaded Christmas Candy Cane & Snowflake Ornaments

Woohoo! It’s December 1st – which only means one thing! Time to get stuck into some Crimbo craft projects!!! I thought I’d post an easy craft tutorial today to show you all how I made these gorgeous beaded ornaments which were so easy to make and only took a couple of minutes. This craft project is easy enough for craft beginners and children too and requires no sewing and no gluing – so let’s get stuck in hey!

DIY BEADED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTSS

What You’ll Need:

  • red, white & clear tri-beads – (buy HERE)
  • star beads – (buy HERE)
  • pipe cleaners – (buy HERE)
  • silver ribbon – (buy HERE)

How To Make A Beaded Candy Cane Ornament:

  1. Thread 3 red beads onto one pipe cleaner. Make a small loop at the nd of the pipe cleaner to keep the beads in place.
  2. Thread 3 clear beads onto the pipe cleaner. Add 3 more red beads. Keep adding red and clear beads in sets of three until the pipe cleaner is full.
  3. Make a loop at the other end to keep the beads in place. Bend the pipe cleaner to give it a candy cane shape.
  4. Hang your candy cane onto your tree.

DIY BEADED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

How To Make A Beaded Snowflake Ornament:

  1. Twist 3 pipe cleaners together to make a 6-pointed star.
  2. Thread each of the arms with blue and white beads (3 of each colour) Add one star bead onto each arm.
  3. Make a small loop at the end of each arm to keep the beads in place.
  4. Attach a piece of silver ribbon to your snowflake and hang it up.

DIY BEADED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS SNOWFLAKE


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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