I'm a huge fan of either buying handmade or making your own cute Christmas gifts to give out to family and friends. Besides leaving more money in your wallet it's more meaningful and of course unique! This year I had Kaylie help me make some gifts to give out to her grandparents and great grandparents now that she's older and loves to help! I bought this inexpensive kit and I had her help make these cute hand print stepping stones to give out! She loved smashing her hand in the cold mushy plaster and then squish all the little tiles and gems in too! After they dried I painted her hand prints and dated each one. Grandmas love this kind of stuff :) Sorry the photo is terrible, I took it on my phone and then forgot to take a better picture before wrapping them!
|She's so focused!|
While she was napping I did another quick batch of pine cone ornaments using genuine copper paint on the tips and finishing them with a verdigris patina for an awesome look! It's a bit time consuming but they turned out great! I just need to clear coat them and add twine to hang. We're having a "woodland" theme for our Christmas tree this year so these and the painted ones are a perfect fit! Now if only we had an oak tree so I could make acorn garland...
Once I make it to the grocery store and buy more flour I'll have Kaylie help make some salt dough ornaments to give as gifts too. They're super easy to make and very cheap as well! I'll share the recipe with you :)
Salt Dough Ornaments
2c All Purpose Flour
-Preheat your oven to 200 degrees
-Mix the flour and salt thoroughly and gradually add the water, mixing with your hands till soft
-Roll dough on floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Use a toothpick to make hanging holes on the tops for string.
-Bake approx 3 hours or till hardened, checking every so often to make sure they don't burn.
-Let cool and paint with acrylic craft paint. Coat generously with a clear sealant like polyurethane to protect them from crumbling over time and to protect the paint.
|Cutsie ornament made with salt dough|