Pinned it…Tried it…Pet Paw Print Christmas Ornaments!

PicsArt_1380034840927I wasn’t sure how this would work but you guys know I’m an avid pet lover and wanted to try something fun for the holidays this year.

Since I didn’t know how it would work or if Ellie (my cat) would be in favor of such a craft project – I started with half a batch of the mixture. Which made 6 ornaments.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of water

Directions:

  1. Mix cornstarch and baking soda in a sauce pan on top of the stove and slowly add in water.
  2. Using medium heat – stir, stir, stir!  If you walk away this could easily stick and start to burn so stick with it!  Also be sure to keep getting the mixture off the bottom and sides so it doesn’t stick.  I used a heat safe spatula to keep the mixture moving.
  3. It will start to thicken and once it turns into a ball, you’re done!
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool off for at least 5-10 minutes or until its warm but cool enough you can handle it.
  5. Dump out on your counter and knead it a few times to get it super smooth. (I loved the consistency of this!!)
  6. Make a small ball – I chose golf ball sized.
  7. I then got Ellie and held her as I pressed the ball up into the bottom of her foot.  (I found this method to be best because her “stepping” on the ball didn’t get her “toes” as well.)  She didn’t mind but wasn’t the biggest fan of this project either! NOTE: If the first few prints don’t work out – just re-roll your ball and start over.  Heads up – this will start to dry out over time so keep that in mind or put it in a covered container while you’re experimenting!
  8. (Optional) make a hole in the print so you can put a string on it and hang it from your tree!  I found a small straw (think mixed drink straw) worked the best for this.  *Hint – be sure to get the hole all the way through, this part might be easier once its on the cookie sheet. I did mine before and in moving it from counter to cookie sheet I closed up a couple of mine.*
  9. Once I made 6 prints – I put them on a cookie sheet lined with foil and into my toaster oven at 250 degrees.  I left my prints thicker so I baked them for 20 minutes on each side.
  10. I let them finish drying out over night and ta-dah!! I just made a handful of gifts for my family, or new decorations for my tree!

I’m going to try this on my grandma’s cats next time I’m home.  She lives in assisted living now but loves to visit her old friends.  I thought this would be a fun keepsake for her to have when she can’t be with them in person!

And a note for my frugal friends ~ I bought my supplies at Walmart and one box of cornstarch and one box of baking soda cost me $1.54!!  This is a super cheap, super fun, and super easy project!

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck today!!  Happy Crafting!

Here is the original pin.  Click the picture below to see the original post @ Cornflower Blue!

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